Get­ting con­nected

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Fol­low­ing the ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle in Jan­uary on the ‘50 fam­ily his­tory web­sites to watch in 2015’ I was per­suaded to take up trial sub­scrip­tions to Find­my­Past and Ge­nesRe­u­nited.

My ex­ten­sive Atkin­son fam­ily tree of Sligo and Hartle­pool is on Ances­try but I did a num­ber of searches to see what I was miss­ing and un­cov­ered late 19th-cen­tury res­i­dent mag­is­trate records for County Sligo and my an­ces­tor Robert in par­tic­u­lar.

Th­ese gave an in­sight into his and his neigh­bours’ lives and what a liti­gious bunch they were! While this was in­ter­est­ing, most other records were du­pli­cated un­til I started look­ing at fam­ily trees in com­mon and tried to con­tact the au­thors.

Most of the replies were from de­scen­dants of sib­lings of in-laws, al­though I’m still wait­ing for a re­ply that may help me to trace Ed­ward Hamil­ton who mar­ried Mary Anne Atkin­son ( b1846).

I would rec­om­mend tri­als of other web­sites not just to look at the datasets, but to look at the fam­ily trees that peo­ple post there. Al­though some peo­ple do not re­ply, it can still be a way of con­tact­ing miss­ing branches. Ken Atkin­son, Cramlington, Northum­ber­land

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