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The Family Tree

I should make my effort to remember my dreams; I don’t.

I wake in a guff, mostly from my allergic reaction to housemite dust.

It is only 5.30 a.m. but I get myself down to the computer anyway. I’m enjoying doing a search through the family tree for any and every family member I can find. I’m juggling between the Friends Reunited site and Ancestry.co.uk still – ancestry is giving me more though, with links to the 1841 census and every census, every ten years on from this up to 1901.

The Family Tree

I have struggled to reach one set of great-grandparents on my father’s side; I know when and where my grandfather Eric Stewart Vernon was born, but his parents are illusive. I have this theory, based on a meticulous search that his mother may have had him out of wedlock. This was damnable in the 19th century (and frowned upon for most of the 20th century too). His parents weren’t at his wedding in the early 1930s to Bessie Alder, though his father is given as G S Vernon. The closest I can find to a G S Vernon is a E B Vernon – in one census ‘she’ is given as a boy ‘Garth B’ – In need to be able to read the handwriting of the time; I need to cross reference this name with several others – there are two G Vernon’s in this family too, but for records for my great grandfather both are too young.

I have more fun and greater success with the Wilsons, Alders and Fergusons.

By finding a relative who’s birth date and place I have I can work back through success census reports to identify siblings who may have left home later, or to put names, in more than one case, where a mother has died – hardly surprising the way I look at it where the mother has had NINE or TEN children, usually between the age of 19/20 and her mid thirties, with I presume as little as 18 months between each successive child. The Alders were particularly prolific in the 1800s with each generation having 9+ children. IN one case the widowed father, with his eldest widowed daughter heads a household of nine children and two grandchildren.

It is in my nature to drill through information like this; I take nothing for granted. I will turn every stone. I believe in being thorough. I am tenacious when the subject moves me.

Will it have any relevance to anything?

I imagine giving our extended guinea-pig family names from relatives in my family tree. I wonder too how a parent in the future might use this information to vet a son-in-law or daughter-in-law – to check their pedigree (whether or not this might also come with a DNA profile).

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