Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Accentuate the Positive 2012 Geneameme

Jill at Geniaus has created another great geneameme, Accentuate the Positive 2012 Geneameme. Here is my contribution. 

An elusive ancestor I found was Elizabeth Pickis (nee Bond), my 4 x great grandmother. Until I found a marriage reference on FindMyPast in early 2012 I had not known Elizabeth's maiden surname, nor where she came from. I know now that she came from Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, the daughter of John Bond and Mary Patterson. There are ample opportunities to research her family further when I have some time. Please see my posts B is for...Bond and L is for London.

An important vital record I found was the marriage of my 4 x great grandparents Robert Paul Pickis and Elizabeth Bond in 1822 in the parish of All Hallows Barking, London, England. I found this marriage on an index at FindMyPast. I still have to verify this information via the actual primary source however, but Pickis is such a rare surname I feel confident I have the correct record.

A geneasurprise I received was the results for my tests with FamilyTreeDNA.

My 2012 blog posts that I was particularly proud of were all my posts from the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge, as well as my Trove Tuesday posts.

My 2012 blog posts that received a large number of hits or comments were Tech Tuesday - Galaxy Nexus Features (most hits) and Mothers Day - The mothers in my family tree (most comments).

A new piece of software I mastered was Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was this blog.

A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was Debbie Kennett's The Surnames Handbook.

It was exciting to finally meet another new nephew in April 2012.

Happy New Year!

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  1. Exciting discoveries Aillin. Did you know the Tynemouth parish images are available through Family Search...not searchable by name but if you have a date, or patience, you can go through them as if you're reading a microfilm. My 3xgreat grandmother came from there too.

    1. Thanks Pauleen. Yes, I have seen the Tynemouth Bishops Transcripts images on FamilySearch, and found several siblings for Elizabeth and the interesting fact that her mother was 'of Warkworth' and her father was a mariner 'of London' - some interesting research coming up! I probably should have specified in my post that I didn't find out that Elizabeth was from Tynemouth via the marriage record (I didn't make that clear). I knew that my 3x Great Grandmother Catherine Pickis was living in South Shields, Durham with an aunt and uncle (James and Dorothy Purvis) at the time of the 1851 census. I didn't know which was a sibling of one of her parents but I suspected that Dorothy was a sibling of Elizabeth. Dorothy gave her birth place as North Shields, Northumberland. I checked the IGI and there was a possibilty named Dorothy Bond who had a sister named Elizabeth. You can imagine how excited I was to discover that, yes, she was indeed Elizabeth Bond the sister of the Dorothy Bond I had found. I am so glad Catherine was staying with her aunt and uncle during the 1851 census otherwise I might have had no idea to look for Elizabeth's origins outside of London!

  2. New Year Greetings, Aillin, and thank you for responding to the geneameme.

    Finally knocking down a brick wall, especially for a direct ancestor, is so rewarding. Thanks aalso for your Nexus posts which I was able to link to from Android Genealogy.

    Congratulations on a successful year. I'll be watching you in 2013.

    1. Thanks Jill, I was so excited to finally know Elizabeth's maiden name and it has opened a whole new line to research - I'm glad I started genealogy early, I'll probably be at it the rest of my life! :)


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