Apr 192014
 

logo_265x107Over the course of April we are exploring the studies registered with the Society for One-Place Studies featuring those that correspond to the relevant letter of the alphabet.

What is a One Place Study? That is a fine question and rather than me explain, I will refer you to the Society’s informative website. If you are interested in joining us and /or registering a study we of course welcome you. You can find the joining information HERE.

Q is for…

Quainton: For this study, we head to the English county of Buckinghamshire. Registered with the Society for One-Place Studies, this study holder has done what many of us have done. They have taken a simple genealogical puzzle and question and before they knew it, a full blown interest in a place had begun!

The study is centred round a dissertation and will initially feature the period 1799-1801 before expanding further. The study holder, Valerie has undertaken various family reconstructions in order to achieve her academic goals, but would be very interested to hear from researchers whose ancestors hailed from this parish.

Map showing the area is courtesy of Vision of Britain

Map showing the area is courtesy of Vision of Britain

Julie Goucher, A-Z Challenge Coordinator

Apr 182014
 

logo_265x107Over the course of April we are exploring the studies registered with the Society for One-Place Studies featuring those that correspond to the relevant letter of the alphabet.

What is a One Place Study? That is a fine question and rather than me explain, I will refer you to the Society’s informative website. If you are interested in joining us and /or registering a study we of course welcome you. You can find the joining information HERE.

P is for…

Parham: This village and parish is situated on the river Ore between Framlingham and Wickham Market in Suffolk, England and registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. Old Parham Hall was the seat of the first Earl of Ufford, a close associate of Edward III, and the rood screen in the parish church dates from the fifteenth century. Parham’s historical attractions also extend to recent times with its World War II Air Museum commemorating the 390th Bomber Group of the American 8th Air Force.

The study holder, Simon, has many ancestral links with this village. You can visit his Facebook page or reach him by email to find out more.

Parham Church - 2

Pasquotank County: This study takes us to the coastal plain of North Carolina in the southern part of the United States. The study is registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. Christine, the study holder, tells us that although she is undertaking a county, it is not heavily populated! She describes her approach as prosographic, investigating characteristics common to a historical group, and her focus is on the period 1700 to 1810.

Christine’s ambition is to use original documents to reconstruct this county for her chosen timeframe. If you would like to learn more about her approach or this region, why not drop her an email or visit her website?

Arrival of Englishmen in North Carolina 1585

Pateley Bridge: We return to England for one of two studies of Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. Maria, who has registered this study with the Society for One-Place Studies, has carefully examined the origins of this name which was first recorded in 1175. As others may have discovered with their places, its derivation is not straightforward! The history of Pateley Bridge has a fascinating continuity, with the market and fair which originated in 1319 still featuring today as the Nidderdale Agricultural Show. To find out more about this ancient place, please do get in touch with Maria.

Pateley Bridge

Pateley Bridge High Street: An interesting complement to the study above is Dawn’s focus on Pateley Bridge High Street, also registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. Dawn has lived in this area for a lifetime and has been researching it for the past thirty-five years. She has amassed an extensive collection of historical documents. Can you imagine what you might have been able to learn about your own place in that amount of time?

Dawn aims to trace the entire history of the High Street from its earliest deeds to the present. Her starting point is the very informative 1910 valuation records along with the 1911 census. She will be including maps and photographs, as well as the living memories of residents, to bring the history alive. She would be delighted to hear from others interested in this place or her research methods.

Pateley Bridge High Street

Plate Cove East: Returning to the Atlantic coast of North America but this time in Canada, Tessa has chosen the scenic community of Plate Cove East in Newfoundland. The study is registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. Her ancestors hailed from this area, first settled by Irish immigrants. In fact, the community is so isolated that the Irish dialect persisted until just a few decades ago.

Tessa has travelled to Plate Cove East to gain knowledge first-hand of her place and she remains in contact with residents, taking particular advantage of the opportunities of social media. She is busy collecting and transcribing a variety of resources and plans to share her findings online in the near future. Please contact Tessa if you would like to join in her effort or learn more about this part of the world.

Plate Cove East - 2

Purley Bury House: This is quite a unique study focused on one lovely old house in Surrey, England. Jeanette, the study host, grew up just down the street from Purley Bury House which dates from the eighteenth century and has registered the study with the Society for One-Place Studies. She has managed to find a large number of images of this house throughout its life and has already collected much information on its architectural history and residents, along with building her understanding of the local history. Please contact Jeanette who would be pleased to share her discoveries with you.

©Copyright David Anstiss, Creative Commons Licence

©Copyright David Anstiss, Creative Commons Licence

Puttenham: This parish is also located in Surrey. The study holder is Julie, this being one of three studies that she has registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. Julie has been publishing her research for over ten years on her website, leading to a large number of contacts who have contributed much to the study. She is committed to sharing what she has learned and is working hard to place the large volume of data online that she has accumulated since her study began in 1986. The list of resources that she has found is impressive, including for example records from the censuses, church, schools, the military, poor law, courts, wills and various original manuscripts.

Julie is a great advocate of social media and would be delighted to discuss her study further with you.

Puttenham Church - 2

Kim Baldacchino on behalf of Julie Goucher, A-Z Challenge Coordinator

Apr 172014
 

logo_265x107Over the course of April we are exploring the studies registered with the Society for One-Place Studies featuring those that correspond to the relevant letter of the alphabet.

What is a One Place Study? That is a fine question and rather than me explain, I will refer you to the Society’s informative website. If you are interested in joining us and /or registering a study we of course welcome you. You can find the joining information HERE.

O is for…

Old Fletton: Old Fletton is situated in Cambridgeshire and is registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. The study holder, Sadie, is conducting a micro study of the parish as part of her academic research including conducting some family reconstructions. So, if your family hailed from Old Fletton, do get in touch with her.

Old Fletton Council School from  Peterboroughimages

Old Fletton Council School from Peterboroughimages

Oxborough: This village is situated in Norfolk and is registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. This study began with the publication of a book about the First World War Memorial and the subsequent formation of a local history society. Several local families have traced their family histories to this village which is famous for its church and the manor house, Oxburgh Hall. Further projects, including a study website, are being planned. If you want to contact the study, be sure to drop Kelvin an email.

Oxborough Cover

Julie Goucher, A-Z Challenge Coordinator

Apr 162014
 

logo_265x107Over the course of April we are exploring the studies registered with the Society for One-Place Studies featuring those that correspond to the relevant letter of the alphabet.

What is a One Place Study? That is a fine question and rather than me explain, I will refer you to the Society’s informative website. If you are interested in joining us and /or registering a study we of course welcome you. You can find the joining information HERE.

N is for…

Nether Winchendon: Located in Buckinghamshire and registered with the Society for One-Place Studies, the study has grown through the ancestral connections with the host, which span more than 200 years. I can certainly identify with Christine, who says that she ‘has a particular fondness for the pretty village’. The village name ‘Winchendon’ originates from Anglo Saxon, meaning ‘hill at a bend’. Winchendon villages were recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wincandone.

If your ancestors came from Nether Winchendon, why not contact Christine, who has built up a wealth of material.

Picture shown with the permission of Richard Marks

Picture shown with the permission of Richard Marks

St Nicholas at Wade: This study is located in the south east of England, in Kent and registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. St Nicholas at Wade derived its name from the fact that, when Thanet was separated from mainland Kent, it was possible to wade across the channel there. There is a website about the study.

Do get in touch with Paul if you are interested in this area and its fascinating history.

Image from the St Nicholas at Wade Study

Image from the St Nicholas at Wade Study

Norham: Located in Northumberland and formerly part of North Durham in the north east of England and is registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. The study is initially focusing on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is investigating the family relationships and wider history of the parish.

The study is operated by Susie who I am sure would be interested to hear from you if you have an interest in the region or parish. The study has its own website.

Norham

Julie Goucher, A-Z Challenge Coordinator

Apr 152014
 

logo_265x107Over the course of April we are exploring the studies registered with the Society for One-Place Studies featuring those that correspond to the relevant letter of the alphabet.

What is a One Place Study? That is a fine question and rather than me explain, I will refer you to the Society’s informative website. If you are interested in joining us and /or registering a study we of course welcome you. You can find the joining information HERE.

M is for…

Malton: Malton is situated in North Yorkshire and registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. The study has a comprehensive website with early beginnings from 1138, when the town was burnt to the ground by the Bishop of York in order to flush out the Scottish who were in the area. Thankfully we have moved on since then!

The study has particular interest in the Victorian era and if you have an interest in the parish, then drop John an email.

Malton Yorkersgate - 2

Melrose: Crossing the border to Scotland, the parish of Melrose is located in Roxburghshire and registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. You can read more details at the study website, hosted by Viv with a particular interest in the pre-1820 period.

Image of Melrose Abbey copyrighted to Visit Scotland

Image of Melrose Abbey copyrighted to Visit Scotland

Meriden: Located in the Midlands of England and registered with the Society for One-Place Studies. The study host Doreen grew up in the parish and has studied it for many years. The study has its own website with links to books and talks which Doreen has written and given.

Meriden X

Mickfield: This is another study registered with the Society for One-Place Studies and located in Suffolk. A scattered village about three miles from Debenham, the church called St Andrews is one of the oldest in Suffolk and has since been de-consecrated. The study has its own website. If your ancestors hail from Mickfield, why not email Suzie?

This image is copyrighted to Suffolk Churches

This image is copyrighted to Suffolk Churches

Milford on Sea: Registered with the Society for One-Place Studies, this Hampshire study has spanned the last twenty years. The study has an impressive list of the residents of every house since 1941. There are also links to Royalty, Admirals and Generals. If you are interested in Milford on Sea, then drop Daphne an email.

Milford on Sea 1930s

Murphys Creek: Registered with the Society for One-Place Studies, this study covers a region in the Toowoomba Hills of Queensland in Australia. The study features the importance of the railway construction. Why not drop Pauleen an email if you have an interest in Murphys Creek?

Murphys Creek 1

Julie Goucher, A-Z Challenge Coordinator