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.
Index to my Family History pages: January 2010 - As my New Year's resolution, I'm planning on loading *ALL* the old sepia family photos that I have been given/lent/emailed onto Flickr - and then spend the rest of the year adding name labels and links back to the relevant pages on here ! New Pages - details of new webpages as they are added - updated 30 April 2010. 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
**ALL** images on this website © Ann McClean, 2000-2010 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. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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. 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.
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
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