I think the answer to which is the best way of collecting the information is to continue as I am since I would be covering both bases - checking I see that there is duplication within counties for overlapping registration districts. This way I cover both angles and it may be that I want to look at a county or a registration district but I will need to remember that the county includes the overlap. If I get involved with statistics looking at numbers I will need to work with registration districts rather than counties. But the historical counties are also something I would likely refer to.
I think I have passed now on thinking about doing my Masters and/or PhD in population studies. I think I would just rather work on my one name studies and do a little research on my other family lines on the schedule which I have produced. For the most part I am looking at all the families at the 4x great grandparent level with a few exceptions. I shall recount them just to record for future reference.
Taylor at Birmingham is my great grandmother's line (and my mtDNA line). My knowledge on this family is all family lore. Other than stories about her mother that I heard from my maternal grandmother and finding her death registration, census entries and the entry for her illegitimate daughter born before she was married to Edwin Denner Buller, I know very little about her. She died so young - only 37 years old and of pneumonia as my grandmother had told me. Between 1886 when my grandmother was born to 1895 when my youngest great aunt was born she had seven children. They moved house four times - moving to a new house as the city grew but all within a four block radius of where they first lived after marriage. Edwin Buller worked two full time jobs (from my grandmother's memory). This is by far my weakest line in terms of research although I can take the Buller line back to my 3x great grandfather Christopher.
I am only researching my paternal grandmother's mother's line as my grandmother was illegitimate although her likely father was George Cotterell. The priest has added Cotterell as one of her middle names in the baptism. There was only one Cotterell family in the village and the grandfather of George had come to Kimpton from Woodborough Wiltshire. No family lore on this at all actually as we thought her father was William Taylor (Elizabeth Rawlings and William Taylor married when my grandmother was six years old). She was raised in their household. In retrospect, as a child I always understood that my paternal grandmother wanted to return to England (as did my grandfather) when he finished working here. One might have thought she would have enjoyed the anonymity here but it has left me with the thought that she was unconcerned in that regard.
Another marriage challenge and I have 32 marriages to submit. I pull the information from Free BMD and then check the census to see if I can exactly determine the spouse and if not then I just insert the two/three names into the Other box. This is Strood Registration District and there are a lot of marriages there during the war years. I submitted Pately Bridge last night and that was just one marriage.
I need to put all the marriage challenges together for the Siderfin and the Pincombe family that I have acquired (not too many actually as they are small families) and submit them to the Guild Marriage Database. I need to come up with a system as there will be a lot of Blake marriages. Blake marriages at Strood RD 1886-1920.
Year Qtr. Last Name First Name(s) Spouse
1886 Sep Blake Richard Francis, Catherine Sandford
1886 Dec Blake William Thomas Kemp, Harriet
1887 Jun Blake Fanny Amelia Dann, Henry
1889 Jun Blake Mary Ann Petley, Henry
1890 Dec Blake Alfred David Cole, Alice Mary
1893 Dec Blake Charlotte Osenton Nugent, Walter Sidney, or Scott (Whitnall), Albert Boyce
1895 Dec Blake Ellen Kate Perrin, Thomas
1895 Dec Blake Ellen Lydia Ashby, Charles William or Cole, Richard Thomas
1896 Sep Blake Alfred Osenton Whiffin, Alice Sarah
1897 Mar Blake John William Accleton, Edith Agnes
1897 Jun Blake Mary Ann Reed, James
1899 Dec Blake Mary Ann Reed, James
1901 Mar BLAKE Eliza Lawrence, Edwin John
1901 Sep BLAKE Ebenezer James Clare, Ada Emma
1903 Mar Blake Clara Nicholls, Edward George M
1903 Dec Blake George Arthur Cox, Ada Jane or Letley, Jane Sarah
1904 Mar Blake Esther Florence I Harvey, Edwin Dibney
1904 Mar Blake Thomas Charles Andrews, Elizabeth or Jewsbury, Winifred Emily
1907 Sep BLAKE George Walter Hancock, Elizabeth Ada E or White, Alice Maude
1907 Dec BLAKE Ada Louisa Hoadley, Arthur William
1908 Jun Blake Ellen Phillips, Edmund William
1908 Jun Blake Elsie Eliza Long, Albert or Terry, Arthur
1908 Dec BLAKE Ada Maud Usborne, Henry John
1910 Sep Blake Frederick Elcombe, Beatrice Helen
1911 Dec Blake Florence E Hulyer, George A or Saville, William
1912 Jun Blake Hilda H Hoadley, Frederick
1912 Sep Blake Elizabeth A Brooks, William H
1913 Jun Blake Ernest W Oliver, Charlotte
1913 Sep Blake Alice M Forbes, James E
1916 Dec Blake Alfred R Waters, Beatrice G E
1916 Dec Blake Alice E Faram, Alfred J
1920 Sep Blake Emily Mant, Frederick F
The seven italicized names I have not yet determined their spouse using the census.
This is also my day to look at the King family at Upper Clatford for my review of my family lines. I had scheduled myself to work on the Hearth Tax Returns of 1665 for the King Family and they are as follows:
Upper Clatford 442 King Stephen
Upper Clatford 442 King William
Upper Clatford 442 King widow
Upper Clatford 442 King Thomas
Cholderton 447 King Thomas
South Tidworth and Sarson 451 King Richard
Monxton 455 King Richard
Andover 434 Aldermans Row Kinge John
Kings Enham 440 Kinge Robert
Upper Clatford 442 Kinge Catherine
Over Wallop 456 Kinge William
Over Wallop 456 Kinge Ellen
Cadnam 463 Kinge Thomas
Five members of the King family are at Upper Clatford, Then two at Over Wallop and the remaining are singly at Cholderton, South Tidworth/Sarson, Monxton, Andover (Aldermans Row), Kings Enham, and Cadnam. All are close to Upper Clatford.
The King family were millers at Upper Clatford. I do not yet know the father of my Thomas King. Thomas was a farmer; I do not know if he is related to the King family that were millers. In 1665 there is a Thomas King at Upper Clatford and he did have a son Thomas baptized in 1688 at Upper Clatford but this Thomas was buried as a young child. The records are a bit scanty around the 1700s so I can not tell if he had another son Thomas. Stephen and William are the other two male King members at Upper Clatford. Now my aim was to check and see if anyone had started to research my family in the last few months since I have looked at the King family - a search of FMP, Ancestry, World Connect and Mocavo will be the next part of my research routine.
It takes about thirty minutes to search these four particular sites looking at Thomas King. I did find Thomas' burial on FMP (already transcribed in the Upper Clatford Parish Registers); his marriage was likely by banns as no record of a license found on FMP (the parish register did not state if by banns). Ancestry I checked out the ten relevant trees and I believe that most of them have their material from me. I initially thought that Thomas King was the son of Thomas King and Abigaill but finding the burial when I was transcribing the records (a couple of months ago) changed that thought somewhat. He may still be their son but I haven't found a baptism or any other proof of that relationship. Most have him married to Mary Carter and the marriage 10 Jan 1728 between Thomas King and Mary Carter would appear to be reasonable. Thomas and Mary named their first daughter Mary (baptism missing) and she married John Blake malster at Abbotts Ann. Thomas' will mentions his grandchildren although he doesn't say they are his grandchildren but this will does appear to link these families through the maternal side which was an interesting find for me plus John Blake married Mary King at Upper Clatford. Their second daughter Elizabeth died as an infant (although some have married her off) and the third daughter Joanna married Joseph Blake my ancestor. No new information gleaned there. World Connect has only one tree with Joseph Blake and that is once again my information given to Charlou Dolan. Mocavo is an interesting new website but even putting quotes around Thomas King and adding Hampshire and England did not reveal anything new.
I want to think out my next research strategy for eight weeks hence as that will be when I look at the King family once again. I believe that I will look once again at the Carter wills that I brought back from Kew. It is time to transcribe them and that can be the product of my next look at the King family. Joanna (widow) married Thomas Collins, farmer, at Upper Clatford in 1781 after fourteen years of widowhood. Thomas' wife had died two years earlier. My ancestor would have been 14 and his elder brother William would have been 17. William is at Andover when his uncle John published his will in 1792, Ann was keeping house for him and Thomas was at Upper Clatford. Perhaps William went to live with his grandfather Thomas Blake - was he alive then? But that is veering away from the King family. I think I will stick to looking at the Carter wills and seeing if there is anything in the Carter family that might help me - it is very easy to turn to the Blake family and most of my effort will be concentrated there anyway.