Joseph Featherstone has two children William Wass Featherstone registered in the Jun Quarter of 1894 and John Frank Featherstone registered in Sep quarter of 1897 both have a record in the new GRO indexes of a mothers name of Wass, to confirm this Joseph in the 1901 Census is a widower but living with him is his Mother in law also a widow with the surname of Wass. I cannot find a Death or a marriage in Bransdale cum Farndale Parish records. Can you find a marriage so I can complete the family?

1901 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription
Tenter Hill, Farndale East Side, Helmsley, Yorkshire, England
Joseph Featherstone Head Widower Male 41 1860 Farmer Farndale, Yorkshire
William W Featherstone Son – Male 6 1895 – Farndale, Yorkshire
John F Featherstone Son – Male 3 1898 – Bilsdale, Yorkshire
Sarah M Wass Mother-In-Law Widow Female 62 1839 Housekeeper Bilsdale, Yorkshire
John T Richardson Servant Single Male 36 1865 Ordinary Agricultural Labourer Bransdale, Yorkshire
Eliza Dobson Servant Single Female 13 1888 General Domestic Servant Margrove Park, Yorkshire
Archive reference RG13
Piece number 4552
Folio 81
Page 9

Mother’s Maiden Surname: WASS
GRO Reference: 1894 J Quarter in HELMSLEY Volume 09D Page 446

Mother’s Maiden Surname: WASS
GRO Reference: 1897 S Quarter in HELMSLEY Volume 09D Page 474


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sgt_josiah_whiteAt the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, a small object is getting a lot of attention. An album of Civil War photos portraying 17 men of Company G, 14th Regiment, United States Colored Troops was a gift from the descendants of Captain William A. Prickitt, the white officer commanding those black troops, and the person most likely responsible for writing the names of the men in the album. These names make the album quite rare, since few of the 200,000 African American soldiers who served in the Union Army have been identified in photographs.

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Rock star poll indicates global maturing of the Guild
Each year for the last four years, a Canadian website called Anglo-Celtic Connections has run an online vote to determine the “Rock Stars” of the genealogy world. Nominations are requested and then voting takes place.
Some of the nominees are high-profile figures, such as presenters of popular TV programmes or podcasts. Others are bloggers, authors, journalists or professional genealogists.  Some are great speakers and some are well-known amateurs.  And obviously some figure in more than one category.
On this year’s list, there are no less than 156 nominees from around the world.  As we considered the list we were interested to note that 24 of them are Guild members.  That’s over 15% of the total.  And that’s despite the Guild still having relatively few members in North America, although we are growing strongly there, with membership up 25% last year.
We have members nominated from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. All of this seems to indicate that we are maturing quite quickly as a global group.
So, although it’s just a bit of harmless fun, perhaps there are some people on the list who’ve impressed you, or made you think, or done a good job ….  Remember that not all the real rock stars are lead singers or lead guitarists!
If you have a Google account, you can vote for your favourites at:
Unfortunately, as of the time of writing, there is no date stated for when voting will close.

Any truth to the loss of the Southern Drawl

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For more than half a century, the familiar Southern accent has been fading in Raleigh, North Carolina. Its disappearance has been so slow and so subtle that locals may not even have noticed. But for Robin Dodsworth, an associate professor in sociolinguistics at NC State, the decline tells the story of rapid social change across the urban South.

Dodsworth discovered that the vowels of speakers born between 1920 and 1950 were remarkably stable. Then, in the middle of the 20th century, Southern linguistic features began to steadily decline. But why?

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For decades, heaps of land records laid untouched in the state Capitol’s attic before being moved to the Tennessee State Library and Archives when it was built in the 1950s. Now workers there are preserving the documents that detail land ownership and exchanges as far back as 1779. Carol Roberts and Kat Trammell are delicately piecing together Tennessee history.

Roberts, the archives’ head conservationist, says the pieces of paper filled with hand-drawn sketches and detailed descriptions of property boundaries are dirty and fragile, with some left as brittle as dried leaves.

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Genealogy sites MyHeritage.com and Ancestry.com as well as genealogy programs like RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, AncestralQuest, Family Historian, and many others are great for presenting family trees, displaying your data in a straightforward graphical form. However, one Windows program allows you to really understand your tree, to spot problems, links, and patterns you might have missed.

FTAnalyzer is an open source tool for Windows which imports your data in the form of a GEDCOM file, then analyzes it by using a number of useful reports, providing details you might not have uncovered any other way.

To use FTAnalyzer, you have to export your family tree from your present genealogy program or online service as a GECDCOM file. (If you are unfamiliar with GEDCOM files, read my GEDCOM Explained article at http://blog.eogn.com/2014/05/24/gedcom-explained/.) All modern genealogy programs and the leading genealogy web sites all do that although instructions will vary from…

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The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:

Millions of Family History Discoveries Likely from Worldwide Indexing Event

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, July 22, 2015—A record-setting 100,000 online volunteers are expected to participate in the second annual Worldwide Indexing Event, facilitating millions of discoveries for eager family history researchers. Scheduled for August 7–14, the event will show how anyone with a computer and Internet connection can help “Fuel the Find” by making information from historical documents easily searchable online.

What Does It Mean to “Fuel the Find”?

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