9 Jan 2011

Reflections on the First Week of January

I went back to Wales last week. Didn't go to the record office this time as I only went back for 6 days and didn't  think I'd have time.

I did manage to go and see my nana and tiad (thats Welsh for Grandad by the way) and bumped into my Uncle John and little cousin Orla. I say little but she's growing up really quickly. They were kind enough to pass on the memorial card for 1st Cousin x2 removed who died in April last year. That was taken home and scanned into the computer.

I also saw my grandad who let me borrow the WRIGHT family bible. All the writing is in the same hand so I think it was annotated after the events but the names are great starting points. It's a beautiful bible but so so heavy. Within the pages there were lots of pressed flowers too!

WRIGHT Family Bible
As far as I am aware this is the only Family Bible that my family has, indeed it is the only one I have come across.

I spent one, very very hungover, day at Mold Library copying down all entries of WRIGHT, DARLINGTON and DUCKWORTH from the Parish Register Transcriptions that they hold (as published by Clwyd FHS). In doing this I hope that I wont miss any of this family because I can't get to the records. I hope to have databases set up for all my "main" pedigree lines.

I got to spend some quality time with my lovely brother and of course my folks too. My dad also took me out on the back of his XJ1200 around Denbighshire. I love going out on the bike, its bloody brilliant!

My dad (Colin) and I on the bike
Unfortunately I didn't get chance to go and see my cousin's Sarah, Paul and Laura or Laura's troublesome twosome. Neither did I get chance to go and see my Aunty Jenny a.k.a The Witch because if I call her Aunty she doesn't like it; apparently she's too young to be an Aunty. I also wanted to go to the Cemetery to visit my Nan and Great Grandmothers and to have a look in Overleigh Cemetery, Chester and Northop Road Cemetery, Flint for a couple of relatives.

On the plus side again I did talk again today to my 2nd cousin x1 removed Haig. I found him via ancestry's member connect service a couple of weeks ago. We exchanged information and he's going to send me some updates and I need to put a disc together for him and his aunty of all the PARRY information I have.

So basically this week has been lots of catching up with family (and drunkenly with friends - you know who you are), and doing the slog of the ancestry work.

Fun times.