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    Lorna's Genealogy Research

    When Len and I met about eight years ago, we found we both were born in Yorkshire, and were quite proud of our Yorkshire heritage. When we decided to trace our family trees, however, we had a bit of a shock. In both cases, although our great-grandparents came from Yorkshire, our forbears had settled there from elsewhere. We are currently researching 3 family trees; we're gluttons for punishment!

    Len's family name is Cruddas. He was born in Hull, but thought the family originated in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Our research has shown that his great, great grandfather, John Cruddas, married Elizabeth Dun in Hornsea in 1798. John was a private in the Northumberland Militia, and as the name appears to be more prevalent in Northumbria, was perhaps born in that area, rather than Yorkshire - more research needed. The name Cruddas is apparently derived from Carruthers and in early documents appears in several spellings- Cruddas, Croudace, Cruddis not surprising, I suppose, given the level of literacy in those days.

    I was convinced that my family were Yorkshire bred - but no, on researching the Threadgill name, I found we were from Occold in Suffolk. Even worse, Edward Threadgill, born October 1810 was "base-born" and his natural father was named as Edward Ward. There is apparently a "bastardy bond", which is held at the archives. This causes me some problems, do I carry on my research into his natural father's line, or perhaps his maternal line Elizabeth Flatt? I'm not sure what the procedure is in the case of bastardy.

    The Stephens side of the family is also proving quite difficult to research. I have found my g.g.g. grandfather was Henry Stephens, baptised at St. Martins in the Field, London in 1775. His son, also Henry was baptised at St. George's, Hanover Sq, London 1806. He married Sarah Long in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. I know he was a police constable there, and have recently found him in the workhouse(!) in 1891. My great grandfather, Frederic was born in Henley on Thames, but moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands. Although he was one of thirteen children, we haven't been able to trace any of his siblings, apart from Helen. I found a note amoungst my grandmothers' effects, stating that Helen had married a Frank Somerville, in Dunedin New Zealand in 1871. I'd love to know how she came to marry so far away from her home in Oxfordshire.

    We have found the Internet a great tool to use for genealogy. Genealogists seem to be very friendly, and are always willing to share their knowledge with others. We have made quite a few new friends, as well as finding some cousins since starting work on our family tree. The site owned by the Latter Day Saints is extremely useful, and is a very good starting point for research. I also belong to several genealogy newsgroups, which I found by visiting the genuki site on the web. Another very useful site, if you are researching relatives who died in the services is run by the War Graves Commission. I found it very moving to read the details of the death of Len's grandfather, Robert and his great uncles Arthur and George, who all died in the first world war. If you are researching any of the following, (or if you just want to chat about genealogy) we'd love to hear from you:- Cruddas in Northumberland, Threadgill in Suffolk, Flatt in Norfolk, Stephens and Long in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire as well as Stephens in London.

    If you are researching any of these names - or just have an interest in genealogy, e-mail Lorna.

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