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My Family History Pages - Introduction


     My name is Ann McClean, and "Welcome" to my new Family History pages.

     Why on earth did I start all this, I ask myself?

     About September time in 1999, I remembered that my mother had many copious notes relating not only 
     to her own family history but to my father's also. We had talked many times before about putting our Family 
     History together but, (and does this sound familiar?) we'd never got round to it. 
   
     I also wanted to improve my computer skills and after much recommendation, downloaded the "Brother's Keeper" 
     database to use for recording family information.
     
     Come November, I needed to keep myself occupied after a spell in hospital, so I began recording this information, 
     using initially my Birthday Book as a guide for immediate family members, (while I got used to how "Brother's Keeper" 
     worked!), and gradually moving on to my mother's notes.     

Via the Internet I discovered the GENUKI and British Isles GenWeb pages, which in turn led me to Rootsweb and their Mailing Lists! But my first big breakthrough came in February of this year when I was perusing the Cambridgeshire Surnames List on GENUKI, and found, to my shock, that someone else was researching my family name - CAWTHORN - and in the area where I was brought up - a tiny Fenland village called Christchurch, in North Cambridgeshire, U.K. After much correspondence + help via the English-Fens Mailing List, this fellow researcher (in Australia) turned out to be my 4th cousin, descended from my Great-Great-Grandfather's previously unknown-about elder brother! Now you can see why I (and thousands like me) do this! I hope you will enjoy reading my family history pages; and that you will contact me if you have information to add to what I have already here.

**ALL** images on this website © Ann McClean, 2000-2014
Even more so as all originals are in my possession - be it book, photo, postcard, etc.
No uploading to another website is permitted without express permission from myself.
Index to my Family History pages: New Pages - details of new webpages as they are added - updated 15 February 2014. SURNAMES - that I am researching. CAWTHORN Family pages - my father's family of Emneth, Three Holes & Christchurch, Cambridgeshire, U.K. & Sale, Victoria, Australia. My father served with 821 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm 1942-1946. Two of his ships were "HMS Puncher" & "HMS Trumpeter". PALMER Family pages - my mother's family of Burwell & Wisbech, Cambs; Methwold & Hilgay, Norfolk; Rawtenstall & Fleetwood, Lancs; and Auckland, New Zealand - and now a few other places in between! The WEATHERSTON Connection - A distant PALMER link, AND very interesting! RUSSELL Family pages - my paternal gt grandmother's family from Euximoor, Christchurch and Upwell, Cambridgeshire. SCOTT Family pages - my paternal grandmother's family from Welney, Norfolk and Christchurch, Cambridgeshire. SCALES Family pages - my maternal grandmother's family from Hertford & Baldock, Hertfordshire. JOHNSTON Family pages - of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland and Kati Kati New Zealand
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The Fens - the area of North Cambridgeshire known as The Isle of Ely. Christchurch - notes about the village where my father's family have lived for over 150 years and where my brother & I grew up. Fenland Museum, Wisbech, where many of the region's parish registers are held. Upwell and Outwell - Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Churches and Chapels which feature in my family history. The Upwell Baptist Chapel is on the the road out to Three Holes and Christchurch. It dates from about 1840 onwards - and has a substantial cemetery. The Upwell area was a hotbed of Non-Conformism and with this Cemetery being the only Non-Conformist Cemetery, Methodists and Baptists alike are buried there - including many RUSSELLs, CAWTHORNS, SCOTTs, & FORTHs from my Family Tree.

AUGUST 2005 - The damage has been done.
** AUGUST 2006 - This is what the Chapel looks like NOW NO mention of the 195+ graves, including a WW2 War Grave

Update - May 2010 - the records have at last been found - they are now at the County Record Office, Cambridge and are already in the process of being transcribed by CFHS volunteers for future publication.
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Photo Gallery Albums - Old family photos - some identified others not. In January 2010 as my New Year's resolution, I began loading *ALL* the old sepia family photos that I have onto my Flickr account with links back to the relevant website pages on here (Still ongoing) Family History Research Links - Websites that helped me a lot when I first began my research. Sources - Sources of original and transcribed material that have helped with my research over the past 14 years. Surplus BMD Certificates ordered in error and now for sale.
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TRANSCRIPTIONS: Christchurch - Lists of Residents - transcribed from Kelly's Directorys of Cambridgeshire for 1883, 1892, 1896, 1908 and 1925. Transcripts of some the entries in the Christchurch Parish Registers. Trustees of the Methodist Chapel, Christchurch. Newspaper Clippings, Snippets, et al including BMD announcements from 19thC copies of the 'Wisbech Standard'. "Upwell, Nordelph, Christchurch & Welney Parish Magazines 1873-1876"- These are scans of the actual magazine pages showing Baptisms, Marriages and Burials that had taken place at the above mentioned churches. Residents of Burwell, Swaffham Prior & Swaffham Bulbeck - transcribed from Pigot's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1839. Index of Inns & Hotels, Taverns & Public Houses, Brewers & Maltsters + Wine & Spirit Merchants transcribed from "Pigot's 1839 Directory of Cambridgeshire".
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In September 2003, David & I were on holiday in Honfleur in Normandy, Northern France. Near our hotel we found 8 Commonwealth War Graves in the local civil cemetery. I took photos of all 8 and noted the inscriptions, which can now be viewed on this website. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Genealogical Chuckles - A lighthearted look at those never-ending problems! Questionnaire hints for interviewing elderly relatives. Contact Details if you think you have any information that will help me with my research and these webpages
And don't forget to sign my Guest Book before you leave!
This page created August 2000 and amended/updated 13:39 15/02/2014