Sunday, October 28, 2012

William George Uridge

Today I received an e-mail from Kevin R. Brady, from Australia, who I have been corresponding with since 1985 about the descendants of George & Frances Uridge née Lane who lived in Hoo, Kent.

William George Uridge the son of Charlotte Uridge, daughter of George Uridge of Hoo, Kent, died near Wilcannia in New South Wales in 1882. This area is very remote.

Kevin has just found out that he was even in a more remote territory of Australia about 5 years prior to his death.

New South Wales Police Gazette - 15 Aug 1877 Page 268

On the 16th July last, the remains of a man were found in the bush about 14 miles from Pooncarie by Mr. William Uridge, who reported the occurrence to the Pooncarie Police.  No Magisterial enquiry was held.  deceased is supposed to have been lost in the bush about sixteen months ago, and to have perished for want of water.  description: About 50 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches high, brown hair; dressed in moleskin trousers, flannel shirt, and drawers, cotton shirt, lace-up boots, gray woollen socks, and white soft felt hat, a pocket-knife, match-box, and purse, were found on deceased.  Two cans, one padlock, and one pannikin, were found near the deceased.


Many thanks to Kevin. This information will be included in the next website update.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

New Search Facility on Website

In the lastest website update today, a new search facility is now available.
Just select the Search option in the narratives section.

I really like this option. Many thanks to John Cardinal, who develops the brilliant Second Site tool that enables me to create an award-winning website with very little effort. Well done John!


Search Facility

Website Updated 24 June 2012

The Uridge, Euridge website was updated today Sunday 24 June 2012.The updates relate mainly to the following charts / family groups:

Chart 1: William & Marie Ewridge née Wickenden who lived in Cowden, Kent in the late 1500s #352
This includes information kindly provided by Shirley Barr Dubuque, Cal Uridge Whiffen, and Cynthia Shepard relating to the Uridge-Whiffen family.

Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née Hider who lived in Buxted, Sussex in the 1760s #762 .
This includes information kindly provided by Murray Jordan on the New Zeland branch of this family.

At the same time I included some new functionality available from Second Site - One Person Script. In future, when selecting a specific person it will only show that one person. Previously it showed up to 25 people on one page. Many thanks to John Cardinal, for this smart feature.

Apologies to those fellow researchers who have submitted information that has not yet been included. Due to other commitments, I am behind on updating the database and website.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Website Updated 30 March 2012

The Uridge, Euridge website was updated today Friday 30 March.

The purpose of the update was in preparation for a talk I am giving tomorrow on The Master Genealogist (TMG) family history program, at the Guild of One-Name Studies Glocuestershire Regional meeting at the National Star College, Ullenwood, Cheltenham.

New indented charts are now available for:


Apologies for those fellow researchers who have submitted information that has not yet been included. Due to other commitments, I am behind on updating the database and website.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Kathleen "Kay" Hilda Euridge née Veasey

Kathleen "Kay" Hilda Euridge née Veasey
(25 July 1924 to
5 July 2011) 

Kathleen “Kay” Euridge, mother of nine children, died peacefully on Tuesday July 5, at the age of 86, at the home of her youngest daughter in Hurley Common, Warwickshire. She had suffered from cancer for the last five months.

Kay was widowed at the early age of 34, when her husband, Royal Marine Colour Sergeant, Reginald “Red” Charles Euridge, died in a tragic scooter accident 2 days before Christmas on December 23 1958, when travelling to Exeter his scooter skidded on ice at Cockwood. At that time their nine children were aged between 3 and 16. She single-handled raised all nine children, with the philosophy you “reap as you sow”. Her nine children Michael, Reginald “Roger”, Marie, Richard, Terry, Teresa, Kelvin “Bill”, Kay, and Robin are testimony to her beliefs.

Kay was born on July 25 1924 in Carmarthen, Wales. She was the youngest daughter of Herbert and Margaret Veasey née Rees. At the age of 3 she moved to Stoford, Somerset – her father Herbert, a Woodman, originated from nearby Upton Noble. They then moved to Yeovil. 


At the early age of 16 she married Reginald “Red” Charles Euridge, who she met on Weymouth railway station during WWII. Kay had dropped her suitcase and the contents had spilled onto the platform, and he helped her pick them up. They married, and settled in Yeovil. 

After the war, Red re-joined the Royal Marines, and in 1953 they moved to Barkara, and St. George’s Bay in Malta. In February 1954 they moved to “Briar Hill”, Shutterton Lane, Dawlish Warren. 

After the tragic death of her husband, Kay moved to 16 Third Avenue, Dawlish, and in 1994 she moved to 54 Linden Road, Dawlish. She lived in Dawlish for over 50 years, and was well known. However, in her later years, due to failing health, she moved to Hurley Common to live with her youngest daughter Kay. 

Kay Euridge was a strong character, but warm, and affectionate mother who was dedicated to her 9 children, 19 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Her hobbies were gardening, knitting, music, and she loved cruising on the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) – enjoying trips to New York, Florida, Malta, Dubrovnik, the Norwegian Fjords, and the Arctic Circle.

Photographs of Kay are available in the Kathleen "Kay" Hilda Euridge photograph album.



Monday, October 25, 2010

Website Update 25 October 2010

The Uridge, Euridge website was updated today Monday 25 October.

The focus of this update was some New Zealand information provided by Philip Boyle. He advised that Eileen Marguerite, and Bryan John Uridge's parents were John Joseph & Kathleen Uridge née Connor.

At the same time, I included birth, marriages, and deaths information from the New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Website Update 13 July 2010

The Uridge, Euridge website was updated yesterday Tuesday 13 July. The focus of this update was the Californian information provided by Patty Haun Markarian and Mary Del Carlo at our recent get-together.

I have now verified the information, wherever possible, from California Births, and Deaths available on http://www.ancestry.com/, together with US Census information. Chart 6 has been extensively updated.


A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives section now includes 2710 narratives.

Euridge-Uridge Get Together in San Francisco

On 3 July 2010, there was a mini Euridge-Uridge family get together in San Francisco. I met up with Patty Haun, and Mary Del Carlo, whose mother was Bessie Ethel Uridge. We have been e-mailing, and exchanging information since May 2000, when the Uridge-Euridge website was first implemented.

From Euridge-Uridge Get Together
Left to Right: Teresa Pask née Euridge, Patty Haun Markarian, Linda Larson (friend of Patty's), Frank Del Carlo, Stuart Pask, Gary Markarian, and Mary Del Carlo.

After lunch at The Plant Cafe, Pier 3, we went to the Fine Arts Meseums of San Francisco including the de Young Musuem in Golden Gate Park, and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park. Patty had arranged for us to see the Birth of Impressionism, a special exhibition from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris - a superb experience.

Patty & Mary's great-grandfather was Walter George Uridge, who was born in 1865 in Chailey, Sussex. Walter emigrated in 1881 to California, USA, and was naturalized in 1904. He settled in Fresno, California, and was joined in 1896 by his cousin Albert Willsher Uridge.

Sadly Patty, Mary, and I are not related - as the DNA tests prove. However our ancestors shared the same unique surname. Similarily, we share the common interest in researching, and documenting our family history.

More photographs of our memorable day are available in the Euridge-Uridge Get Together photograph album. Many thanks to Patty for organizing such a wonderful day.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Descendants of George & Frances Uridge née Lane

Today I received an e-mail from Kevin R. Brady, from Australia, who I have been corresponding with since 1985 about the descendants of George & Frances Uridge née Lane who lived in Hoo, Kent.

Kevin has found some information on the children of their daughter Pheobe and her partner Richard Bathurst. He wrote:
... just lately I found a William Bathurst, who matches in age to Phoebe's son, on the census, in 1861 staying with Frances Edwards, who is daughter of George and Frances, and then with a Thomas Heath in 1871, who is the son of Hannah Uridge née Heath.  ... in the 1871 census he is described as Cousin to Thomas Heath.
Kevin also provided information on the children of John William & Hannah Heath née Uridge:
  • Sarah Ann Heath bapt 19 Nov 1815 at Cliffe, Kent
  • Mary Ann Heath bapt Jul 1817 at Cliffe, Kent
  • Caroline Elziabeth Heath bapt 27 Jan 1822 at Cliffe, Kent
  • Thomas Heath bapt 15 Jul 1824 at Cliffe, Kent
  • Frances Heath bapt 27 May 1827 at Cliffe, Kent
  • George William Heath, bapt 17 Jun 1832 at Stone, Kent
  • William Heath, bapt 7 Jul 1833 at Stone, Kent
and the children of Frederick George & Frances Edwards née Uridge:
  • Matilda Edwards, bapt 5 Dec 1819 at Chatham, Kent
  • Caroline Edwards, bapt 23 Sep 1821 at Chatham, Kent
Many thanks to Kevin. This information will be included in the next website update.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Family History Event - Sunday May 3

I am attending the Family History Event on Sunday May 3 at the Exhibition Hall 2, in the Barbican, London.

I will be on the computer help desk (Table 6) from 12:00 to 13:40, and from 15:20 to 17:00. If you are attending do let me know and we can perhaps arrange to have coffee.

The event looks to be very promising, with 15 lectures throughout the day, and over 90 exhibitors.

Henry David & Beatrice Minnie Dent née Dengate

Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803This information relates to Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803.
Henry David & Beatrice Minnie Dent née Dengate, with their son Reg
Yesterday I heard from Angela Slater, who is the granddaughter of Henry David & Beatrice Minnie Dent née Dengate. Beatrice Minnie was the daughter of George & Louisa Sarah Dengate née Uridge.

Initially it was thought that Minnie Beatrice Dengate, and Beatrice Minnie Dengate were two sisters. However Angela confirms that Minnie was also known as Beatrice.

Angela has provided several photographs, including the one above taken c1944. Henry Dent is in in air raid wardens uniform. Their youngest son, Reg, is also in the picture.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Descendants of Henry & Ansley Uridge née Killick

Chart 6: John & Rebecca Uridge née Jeff lived in Buxted, Sussex in the 1750sThis information relates to Chart 6: John & Rebecca Uridge née Jeff lived in Buxted, Sussex in the 1750s.

Today I received a very interesting e-mail from Robert Smith of Sydney. He writes:

My research leads me to believe I'm related to Sophia Uridge who married George Smyth. I also think Sophia's brother Henry Uridge married George's sister Elizabeth Smyth. It's interesting to note that in the 1841 Census, Eliza Uridge age 20 Dressmaker was living with Sophia and children nr. the Clappers, Barcombe Cross, Sussex. Presumably this was Eliza was Sophia's niece.

Robert also provided a detailed 4-generation narrative on the descendants of Henry & Elizabeth Uridge née Smyth, and George & Sophia Smyth née Uridge.

Robert's well documented information will be included in the database, and subsequently on the website in the future.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Rudd-Uridge Wedding 1919

Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803This information relates to Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803.

Today, Peter Griffiths provided a superb photograph of the 1918 wedding party of Robert & Lizzie Rudd née Uridge. Amongst the party is 15 Uridges.


1918 Wedding of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Martha J. Uridge & Robert Rudd
Furthermore, Peter has provided an annotated view showing all the people he has been able to identify.

Peter writes:

There are a few gaps, but I suppose some of these could be from the Rudd side of the family.

Can you identify anybody?

Blog Update 10 April 2009: Peter has contacted us again. He has been in contact with Matt Stevens, and the following has been determined:

No. 26 ("Mr Rudd, father of groom") is identified as Philip Rudd. Also that probably Nos 24 and 25 are reversed - 24 is Ada and 25 is Eliza.

Eliza confirms that the old lady in the foreground is certainly Eliza the Sydenham girl. The second from right is, according to Matt, Eleanor Footner née Bodle, the mother-in-law of Robert Rudd Jr.

Blog Update 4 June 2009: Peter has contacted us again. The key to the photograph has been updated with 3 updates/additions on the Rudd side provided by Robert Rudd, and a couple corrections.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Publishing Your Family History to the Web

Early last year I gave a a half-day tutorial at the Society of Genealogists on Publishing Your Family History to the Web. See blog titled Publishing Your Family History to the Web.

Shortly afterwards I included the PowerPoint presentation on a website that hosts presentations, called www.slideshow.net. It's a free website that enables you to upload and share your PowerPoint presentations and Word documents.

Today they wrote to me and advised:

We've noticed that your slideshow on SlideShare has been getting a LOT of views in the last 24 hours. Great job ... you must be doing something right. ;-)

Not sure whether this is an April Fool's joke, but the statistics say that 30,000+ people have viewed the presentation in the last 24 hours. For those interested, you can find the presentation on http://www.slideshare.net/TeresaPask/publishing-your-family-history-to-the-web.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

URIDGEs in New Zeland

Recently we became aware of a new website that lists the New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM). The information available includes:

  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages and eventually Civil Unions that occurred 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

We found:

Births - 7 Uridge

Deaths - 11 Uridge

Marriages - Females: 3 Uridge

Marriages - Males: 4 Uridge

There were no BMDs for the name Euridge

These will be included in the database in the near future, and will be available in due course on the website.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Northfield & Uridge Families

Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803This information relates to Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803.

Northfield & Uridge Families c1938Earlier this week after including the information on John George & Minnie Louisa Northfield née Uridge, I searched the photographs and documents provided by Kathleen Uridge, previously mentioned in a blog two years ago, titled Kathleen Uridge's Collection. I came across a photograph that I guessed might be the Northfield family.










Kathleen confirmed today that it was this family. She wrote:

The back row from left to right - George (who was the youngest), Elizabeth (Betty), Winnie and my father (Minnies brother). At the bottom -me with Joan (daughter of Betty husband Thomas Moore) and my mother Daisy Uridge.

It's so good to put names against faces. Brings to life a photograph taken 70 years ago. Makes family history so enjoyable.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge

Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803This information relates to Chart 5: Thomas & Mary Uridge née ? who lived in Buxted, Sussex between 1759 and 1803.

This chart was originally "stuck" at John & Mary Uridge née Harcourt who lived in Sydenham [Lewisham registration district] Kent, in the 1810-1850s. However research has now established that his grandfather was buried in Buxted in 1803. Undoubtedly there will be a link to Chart 6 (also from Buxted), but the connection has not yet been established.

Charts 5, 9, & 10 are believed to be related, but further verification is required.

This information has been included in the latest website update.

Website Update

The website was updated on Tuesday 17 January. It includes recent information from:

Descendants of Thomas & Ann Whiffen née Uridge

John George & Minnie Louisa Northfield née Uridge


In addition, I have assigned icons depicting the tree, or chart a person belongs to.

indicates the main families




indicates a subsection of a main family, matching the colour of the main family. Hopefully this will help you identify who belongs to which charts. A full list of charts is available in the Chart section.

A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives section now includes 2678 people, an additional 70 narratives since the last update in May 2008.

Hopefully the website will be updated more frequently now that I have sorted out the computer problems I have been plagued with over the past months.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

John George & Minnie Louisa Northfield née Uridge

John George & Minnie Louisa Northfield née Uridge This information relates to Chart 5: Descendancy Chart for John & Mary Uridge née Harcourt from Sydenham, Kent.

This week I received several e-mails from Peter John Griffiths, who is the grandson of Minnie Louisa Northfield née Uridge, who was the daughter of Walter & Louisa Jane Uridge née Woods.

Peter writes:

My mother Constance Emily Griffiths (née Northfield) was one of the children of Minnie Louise Uridge and John George Northfield.


Peter also provided the names, and details of Minnie's eight children, including photographs and the 1911 census information.

This will be included in the database, and in the next website update.

Many thanks to Peter for contacting me, and provided this information.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

England & Wales Births 1911-2005

We are in for a very busy period!


Ancestry has just released their index of England & Wales births for the period 1911-2005. This database is a searchable, digitized version of the indices of civil registrations in England and Wales, reported quarterly to the General Register Office (GRO) in London.


This index spans the years between 1916 and 2005. You can search for a christian name, surname, year, or even mother's maiden name. This will revolutionize family history! When I think of the hours spent transcribing the births, marriages, and deaths. Now it is all done for you.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Descendants of Thomas & Ann Whiffen née Uridge

This information relates to Chart 1: Descendancy Chart for William & Marie Ewridge née Wickenden who lived in Cowden in Kent.

Calvin Uridge Whiffen, III from San Diego, California wrote today and provided me with a 5-generation tree of the descendants of Thomas & Ann Whiffen née Uridge. Each generation has included the name Uridge as the first, or second name. This has provided the link between a missing generation. In addition Calvin (Cal) has found that Ann was the daughter of John & Sarah Urige née Baul (my own ancestors).

Currently the only information I had was from the Biography from Our County and its People (Oneida, NY) by Daniel Wager 1896.

I will include this information in the Uridge database, and merge the two Anns. Also I will determine our exact relationship. This indeed is a very rare occasion to find a cousin, albeit very distant.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Uridge-Webb-Pye-Baxter Families

Earlier this week I wrote in the blog Philip Uridge, that I received an e-mail from Judith Batt of New Zealand, who helped me extensively research a New Zealand Uridge-related family in 2002. Surprisingly today, I received an e-mail relating to an Australian Uridge-related family I extensively researched in 2001.

This time the e-mail came from a new researcher, James Dalziel, who lives in Sydney Australia.

He wrote:

I am Myrtle Sarah Webb’s great-grandson, via her only daughter Rosa Jean Harper, and Rosa’s daughter Delphine Little, my mum. I’m happy to share any information I have with you that may be of use. In particular, I’ve just scanned all the old family photographs from Rosa (who died a few years back), and these include Myrtle, as well as David William Webb and Ada Pye, plus various other people who look like relatives, so you or some people you know may be interested in this, and able to decipher some of the unknown photos.

This family was extensively researched by Keri Webb, and more information is detailed on the webpage Uridge-Webb-Pye-Baxter Families.

I look forward to including more information and photographs, as offered by James. In the meantime I will put James in contact with Keri.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Uridge Misspellings in Censuses

Judith Batt noticed that there was a lot of misspellings both by the enumerators, and in the transcripts of the censuses. This is probably because Uridge is such a rare name, transcribers invariably have trouble working out what it says.

These include:

Elridge,Herrage,Hudge,Midge,Ubrich,Uredge,Uridze,
Usidge,Voidgo,Voridge,Vridge,Whitlge,Widge,Wrich,
Wridge,Wridye

So if you don't find your Uridge, Euridge ancestors in the censuses, do try these alternatives.

Many thanks to Judith for compiling these. A list will be compiled in the Variants section.

Philip Uridge

Judith Batt from New Zealand has been in contact with me again. In 2002 & 2003, Judith provided an extensive amount of information on the Uridge Families in New Zealand, including several photographs on the New Zealand Descendants of Pheoby Uridge and Richard Bathurst.

She has started looking at Uridge records again. I welcome this as researching such a unique name has it's downsides as new information does not come up often.

Judith has looked further afield from New Zealand, and is looking at USA census records, and tracing the families of Philip Uridge, also known as James Philip Uridge who went to Michigan.

She writes:

The most interesting family is William Uridge (1830-1898). I believe that he married twice. With his first wife (Marg or Mary born in Canada abt 1836) he had four children

William 1862-1880
Philip Alex 1866-aft 1880
George 1867-aft 1920
Daniel C 1869-aft 1930

His first wife died 1870-1876 and he then married Mary Lappard or
Sappard (on 21 September 1876 in Detroit) and had six children with her

Elizabeth (Schwergert) 1878-aft 1910
Sarah Ann 1879-bet 1880-1900
Willis William 1882-aft 1920
Ethel Barton (Schumacher) 1886-1946
Two other children were born and had died before 1900.

Judith's information will be included in the next website update.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Website Update

You may have noticed that there has not been any website updates for sometime. I have had a technically challenging couple of months! Not only has the website been plagued with a problem with malware, but I have had major problems with my hardware.

I use a desktop when working at home, and a laptop when travelling. Unfortunately in October my desktop went wrong, after several previous malfunctions I decided it was time to have a new desktop. I purchased a new latest technology high specification desktop. This meant I would be using Windows Vista with a 64-bit processor. I tried to install all the software I use for family history, however experienced several problems due to the 64-bit processor. This includes the software used to update the website. I perservered with this time-consuming task. When I was almost finished, the desktop developed a major fault and had to be returned to the manufacturer.

Whilst waiting for the repair to the desktop I used my laptop. Unfortunately one morning I switched on my laptop only to find the harddisk has gone wrong.

Fortunately most of the information is backed up and retrievable. However, it has been a slow process, I trust you understand. Normal service will now be resumed.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Samantha K. B. Euridge

I have just heard some excellent news.

My niece, Samantha (Sam) heard her results for her intensive year of studies. She has been awarded a MSc Oceanography with distinction. She is now studying for her doctorate at Edinburgh university.

Samantha graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Physics. She then started work as a Laboratory Manager at Cermato Ltd. She then became a Test Engineer at Omicron NanoTechnology Ltd. Then in September 2007 she decided to do a MSc Oceanography course at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. She has worked so hard, and was so committed to the long hours of study.

Well done Sam. Needless to say we are so proud of her.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Website Moved to New Server

The Uridge, Euridge website has moved to a different hosting server. There should be no apparant differences, however some links may be missing.

The domain remains the same, so you should be able to access the website using the normal link www.uridge.org.

Do let me know if you are experiencing difficulties.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Website Updated 3 May 2008

The website was updated on Saturday 3 May. It includes recent information from:
  • John Houghton
  • Ellen Kennedy, as detailed in the previous blog Descendants of Philip & Sarah Uridge née Barton.
  • Steve Ross, my neice's husband, who is extensively working on breaking down brickwalls on the Euridges / Uridges of Eynsford Kent.
A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives section now includes 2608 people.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Uridge DNA Project Update April 2008

During the past three months three DNA tests have been received. The results are now available for Robert Gordon Uridge (Chart 6), Owen Fawcett Uridge (Chart 4), and my brother Kelvin Euridge (Chart 1).

Robert is the son of Walter James & Irma Uridge née Bass. He is a descendant of the progenitor John & Rebecca Uridge née Jeff who lived in Buxted, Sussex in the mid 1700s (Chart 6).

Owen is the son of Owen Fawcett Uridge II, who is a descendant of George & Frances Uridge née Lane from Hoo Common, Kent (Chart 4).

Robert and Owen had 34 out 37 matches. This indicates that they have a common ancestor 20-24 generations ago. On the basis of 25 years per generation, this was around 1400 to 1600.

Unfortunately the Euridge DNA did not match, even though the families originated from Kent.

My most sincere thanks to all who participated, and assisted with these tests.

If you are interested in joining this project do contact me, and I will explain the technicalities, costs, and outcome.

Descendants of Philip & Sarah Uridge née Barton

Today I received an e-mail from Ellen Kennedy who lives in Michigan USA. Ellen is a descendant of Philip & Sarah Uridge née Barton, who lived in the Isle of Grain, Kent.

Ellen advised that Philip & Sarah emigrated to Michigan, and lived in Sanilac County, Michigan. Philip died on 30 March 1880 at Delaware Township of pneumonia. Their daughter Sarah (not previously listed in the database) was baptized 12 April 1835 in St. James, Isle of Grain and married James Taylor on 25 Dec 1852 in Wayne County MI. Ellen is a descendant of James & Sarah Taylor née Uridge.

Ellen provided valuable information on this family, in particular from the 1860 & 1870 US Censuses, including the families of William & Mary Uridge who also lived in Delaware Township, Sanilac County, and Philip & Ann Uridge, who lived in Detroit, Wayne County.

This information has been included in the database, and will subsequently updated in the next website update. Most sincere thanks to Ellen for this extensive information.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Master Genealogist

Yesterday, at the Society of Genealogists I gave a half-day tutorial. See the previous blog Using Master Genealogist - Advanced Tutorial for the information and links.

Several participants requested information from my previous tutorial on The Master Genealogist. Information and links can be found in the previous blog Hampshire FH Presentation.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Using Master Genealogist - Advanced Tutorial

Tomorrow, at the Society of Genealogists I will give a half-day tutorial on "Using Master Genealogist - Advanced".

This is relating to the software The Master Genealogist (TMG) by Wholly Genes - the software I use to record all the information on the Pask One-Name Study, and the Uridge One-Name Study.

Surprisingly enough there is anticipated over 15 participants, an almost unheard of number for an advanced tutorial. The numbers were undoubtedly boosted by the recent announcement in the TMG monthly newsletter.

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the link on the website.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Descendants of Thomas & Barbara Haysman née Uridge

Nancy Harris wrote to me today from Ontario, Canada. She is the great-great-great granddaughter of Thomas & Barbara Haysman née Uridge. She writes:

This Thomas is my g.g.g.grandfather. His daughter Rebecca is my g.g.grandmother. I have the entire family history as this is my family, but only from this Thomas on. ... I believe the name is Haysman, as most of the later generations are using this name. Thomas is listed at age 79 living with my g.g.grandmother, Rebecca, and the name is a bit hard to make out, but when blown up you can see it. I have found all the members of the family using IGI but have found around 12 different spellings of the name.

Nancy shares a common ancestor with Chris Burns, and that coincidently Chris lives only about an hour away from her, on the same street that Nancy's cousin, also a Haysman decendent, lived on during his childhood up until he left home after finishing university. Just goes to show what a small world it is.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Website Update 2 February 2008

The website was updated on Saturday 2 February. This is long overdue, and delayed as there were major updates to the genealogical software packages I use (The Master Genealogist version 7 combined with Second Site Version 2.1.4). I am sure you will agree that it was worth waiting for. The narratives section is completely revamped and now includes:
  • Photograph Album - gallery of pictures. You can select the photograph to display individual narrative for that person.
  • Charts - I have included an introduction detailing each chart.
  • My Family - Charts specifically relating to my own family, including my own pedigree.

The majority of the changes are in the look-and-feel and the background processing of the narratives section. If you see any errors, or any glitches, please do let me know, and I will gladly correct them.

This update also includes information as detailed in the previous blogs:
A full list of the recent changes to the narratives is available in the New or Changed Narratives section. The narratives section now includes 2597 people.

John Uridge of Eynsford continued

This week Steve Ross has continued to break down brick walls!

He has now provided the connections between John Uridge who lived in Eynsford, back a further four generations to William & Marie Ewridge née Wickenden. They married on 10 January 1600 in Cowden, Kent.

Again, this information was previously detailed in the database, but the specific connections were not made, and verified. Thanks to Steve & Julie. They have now provided me with my 9 x great-grandfather (and Julie's 10th).

This information will be available in the next website update, which is imminent.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

John Uridge of Eynsford

Yesterday evening I received a telephone call from Steve Ross, the husband of Julie Ross née Euridge, my niece. Steve has been researching his own family since 1994.

He had located the marriage of John Uridg and Catherine Murrey on 29 June 1744 in Westminster. This ties in that John & Catherine's youngest son born 1767, was called William Murray Euridge.

Furthermore, he had also determined that John was baptised on 23 November 1718 in Cudham, Kent. He was the son of John & Sarah Uridge née Baul, who married on 2 December 1717 in Cudham. Sarah was born in Eynsford.

This is significant news, and has broken down the brickwall that I have had for over 25 years. Although I had some of this information in the database, there had never been a connection. Cudham is 7 miles west by south west of Eynsford.

My sincerest thanks to Steve for providing this breakthorough. I will include this in the database and focus my searches in this area. In the meantime, I have challenged Steve with finding if there is connection between the Uridges of Sydenham, and the Uridges of Eynsford (or should it be Cudham).

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Publishing Your Family History to the Web

Today, at the Society of Genealogists I gave a half-day tutorial on Publishing Your Family History to the Web.

This was different to the previous presentations on this subject, as it included an major update on the GEDCOM-based website. Gencircles has now been changed to MyHeritage. Additionally, a new section on Print On-Demand, the self-publishing options available on http://www.lulu.com/.

The presentation included information on:

  • Easy Option - Blogs
  • GEDCOM-based Publishing
  • PHP-based Website
  • Tailor made Website
  • Print On-demand

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the link on the website.