Sunday, June 30, 2013

~It's My 3rd Blogiversary!~

It's hard to believe it's been 3 years since I started Spirits of The Old, harder yet to believe that I have kept at it! This last year I have slowed down a bit in my posting for a number of reasons, the loss of my dad, a new job, and of course the brick walls, But I have also been busy trying to organize all my paper work ( mountains, drawers, piles eeek) following "The Organized Genealogist" on Facebook is giving me wonderful motivation to get this done!

Three years ago when I started my blog I had a photo of my maternal grandparents, some of my parents and could tell you the names of my Maternal Great grandparents, and sadly nothing about my Paternal Grandparents not even their names!

Today I have photos of my 3rd Great Grandparents ( Maternal) photos of Great Great Uncles and Aunts, cousins and distant relatives. Names~ oh I have so many names and I discovered the names of my dad's birth parents!!  ( I actually have family now)  there are now copies of Wills and documents, newspaper articles the list is long of the discoveries I have made. I have been blessed with so many family members who I never knew existed finding my blog and contacting me, they have been wonderful to share their information, documentation  and photos, Thank you Cousins!!! I love you all.

 I'm looking forward to many more years of blogging ~ discovering ~and watching my family tree grow.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Census Sunday~ The Allen Family 1901 London

Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 339; Folio: 107; Page: 40.
Civil Parish: St Mary Stratford Bow
Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary
County/Island: London
Country: England

The 1901 Census for my Great Great Grandfather William Allen and 3 of the 4 children, my Great Grandmother Mother is Alice (Ada was married and living in Mile End). The census shows William still a widower ( his wife Mary died after the 1881 census and before the 1891 census) the family is living at 3 Walter Court in Bromley. William Sr. listed occupation is Slate Sander machine, his son William is a Slater moulder, daughter Jane is a confectioner and Alice is not shown as employed so she was most likely still in school. All 3 of the children still living at home are listed as being born in Bromely By Bow and William in Westminster.
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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Sympathy Saturday~ C.Q.M.S. Alexander Imlah

The Aberdeen Journal
April 14, 1924

 The death has taken place of C.Q.M.S Alexander Imlah, younger son of the late A. Imlah, grocer, Buckie.
Mr. Imlah went to France with the 6th Gordon Highlanders in 1914, and took part in various engagements, including Neuve Chapelle, Givenchy, and Loos. He was severely wounded at Loos in 1915, the effects of which he felt till the end.  He was recommended for a commission, but on account of his injuries he did not accept.
Mr. Imlah who was 34 years of age, was destined for the teaching profession, but on his fathers death before the war took up his business.  He was of genial disposition and was well Known in local musical circles. Possessed of a baritone voice of fine quality. He was always ready and willing to give his services in aid of local charities.

Alexander Imlah: my 1st cousin 3x times removed.
*CQMS :Company Quartermaster Sergeant

Friday, June 07, 2013

Friday’s Faces from the Past~ Mystery Relative

The above photo comes from Great Grandma Mary Bella Watson's photo album. The information on the back reads " Cousin of Mary or Marge".  A. Dinnie (Alexander Dinnie) was the photographer and was in business at 3 Langstane Place, Aberdeen from  1870 – 1887. I'm not sure for the clothing if the child in the photo is a boy or girl, but since they are holding a basket, I tend to think it is a female.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

On This Day: June 06 1897

On this day in 1897 on High Street in New Pitsligo , Aberdeen,Scotland, my Great Great Uncle James Smith died from Brights Disease of the Kidneys. He was the son of James Smith and Jane Matthew, husband of Ann Taylor. His Occupation at the time of his death was Master Shoemaker.