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March 2003

It is curious how some weeks have enough time in them to sit down with source material and go through that systematically, updating the database, while other weeks see nothing but tinkering. I am conscious only or two areas of addition since my last report: first the visitations and second of Keats-Rohan's magnificent "Domesday People".

In addition Eldon Olson has been going through the indices of my genealogy pages, identifying odd-balls and researching what should be there. Many thanks to him.

Eldon uncovered a besetting problem with medieval genealogy, that of having the same person entered twice. The cause of this type of clanger is that the person appears in two totally separate records of totally separate families; sometimes, but not always, the name is spelt differently. The only answer is to go through the whole database to try to identify people of the similar surnames and similar periods to see if they are the same person. I found about 8 in all!

The visitation analysis has come to a halt: I really must get back to it as every book examined leads to several entries in the database.

Domesday Descendants has revealed an incredible total of 59 ancestors in those volumes. The only serious identification question is whether the Malets of Curry Malet, Somerset were the fathers or grandfathers of the William Malet of Curry Malet, Somerset who was a surety for the Magna Carta. I have guessed that they were but do not know the precise father of the latter William Malet.

I have extended my account of Henry Wentworth Powys' arms and included a page on whether the English College of Arms allows the arms of a family. You can now read the text of the exemplification and that of the announcement in the London gazette. I am still looking for Henry's heir, to present to him or her the exemplification of arms that is in my possession.

At last I have got some information on my wife's family. Eventually she found a Senior Citizen to give the names of the various ancestors and relatives, bridging the gap to the 1901 census. Interestingly this uncovered why I could not find her Mellon ancestors in the 1881 census: they had been transcribed as Mallow. Remarkably another Senior Citizen had an original birth certificate from Ireland in the late 19th century. Now I can go round to the London Family Record Centre and get hold of a few birth certificates.

On my side of the family, I have finished the work to claim the quartering of the Trotter arms and to update the family record in the College of Arms. Now to get round to delivering same to same!

Finally I have added more lists and statistics to my Curio page. You can now see who were the royal bastards, the gangsters, the holy (including the remarkable discovery of Thomas Aquinas to be a so close 23rd great uncle), the military and the domesday expropriators amongst our ancestors and relations. The statistics too have been updated and show that the source file (the 250 odd living are excluded from the web) now amounts to some 14865 people of whom 5546 are ancestors and 5750 are relations.

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