Steve and Brenda formed a French Civil Partnership (PACS) in July 2007 at the Palais de Justice in Rodez, the département de l'Aveyron. The PActe Civil de Solidarité is recognised as a spousal arrangement, but avoids the Napoleonic inheritance rules associated with a marriage in France. ALL marriages in France are civil insofar as they are carried by the local elected civil official, the maire (mayor). Religious officials have no right to solemnise marriage, only to "bless" it.
Born in Sussex just after WWII, soon moved to Essex and then to North Wales where I spent my childhood in Colwyn Bay. My maternal grandmother introduced me to genealogy and I still have her (beautifully) handwritten family tree.
After Cambridge University, went to Oxford to do a post-graduate teaching diploma and then taught for three years in Yorkshire before joining the pharmaceutical industry in which I worked for the rest of my career. Now retired and living in SW France, indulging in my hobbies of choral music, genealogy, and generally finding something to do that avoids doing something else.
Most of my sources are either from direct work with Parish registers, or from censuses accessed through Ancestry.com. I try to avoid using Ancestry family tree hints if they are un-sourced, although for childhood deaths that do not affect further generations I have added these without seeing the primary data.
I have written to Ancestry several times to correct poor transcription of documents. Florrie transcribed as Hortie was a classic. I have identified 31 of my 32 3gt grandparents. Therefore to give a list of surnames of interest would be boringly long.
At gt grandparent level:- Bartlett, Bunt, Lane, Lott, Henderson, Minor, McMinn, White. Bartlett & Bunt, Devon and Cornwall Lane and White, Worcestershire, Henderson & McMinn, Liverpool, Cumberland, Dumfriesshire. Lott, Suffolk. Minor, Nottingham, Derby, Northants.
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On 24 Aug 2019 at 16:39 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
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Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Categorization Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:
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On 20 Jun 2019 at 22:57 GMT Karen (Finnerty) Butler wrote:
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All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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On 19 Jun 2019 at 17:45 GMT Shannon (Seigfreid) Thomas wrote:
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We realise the time has come to dissolve the UK Project in favour of the individual country projects of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
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On behalf of the England Project Leaders we're carrying out a check-in to see how all the members are doing and taking the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work over the past six months. We have been so impressed with the way everyone has rallied together and gone the extra mile to make this one of the most dedicated, productive and friendly communities on WikiTree. What are you enjoying most about being in the project? What would you like to see improved or changed? Would you like to continue in the project moving forwards?
We're looking forward to hearing back from you,
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On 16 May 2018 at 20:20 GMT Terry McClintock wrote:
On 26 Nov 2017 at 13:12 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
I’m Susie the new leader of the England Project. We are contacting all existing members of the project to find out how you are currently involved, and how you would like to be involved moving forward. Please have a look at the England Project page for more information, and then contact either myself or Gillian to let us know what you’d like to do, or if you have any questions. We can then list your interests, help you join the team in the Google group forum for England, and give you any help you might need to get going. If we don’t hear back from you we’ll assume you no longer want to be a part of the England Project at this time.
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On 6 Mar 2017 at 18:31 GMT Mags Gaulden wrote:
I got a message with nothing but a link to the one names study. I never got back around to asking you what it was you needed, or if you just wanted to share the one name study with me.
Apologies for not getting back to you...