Well, happy new year, folks. Hope everyone had a good one. During January, we added 1,200 people to our database finishing with just over 163,500 people, a pleasing way to start our 13th year of research.
Regular readers may recall that we have kindly been given permission by the Dennis Historical Society to use the contents of the book of the above name, which they published in 2006 and still have for sale if you are interested. I'm pleased to say that in January we added the information for families listed on pages 51-100, maintaining our steady pace. If we can keep that pace up, we should be done by December 2020. As we have worked through the last 50 pages, some interesting facts have emerged beyond those I mentioned last month:
- on October 3, 1841 no fewer than 12 Howes men of the villages of Dennis and Yarmouth on Cape Cod died, including three brothers on a single ship. This is the single worst day for death in the history of our clan. 26 men from the area died, of whom 14 are in our database. As you can see from this and the linked articles, 190 ships were lost up the Eastern seaboard, most of them on Cape Cod. Dennis had it bad, but the village of Truro lost 57 men. https://historicipswich.org/2019/10/08/ ... e-of-1841/
- our count of Howes / Howes marriages is now up to 207 (!) with all the additions coming from Cape Cod. Well done to William Howes (https://howesfamilies.com/getperson.php ... ee=Onename) who married two women, both named Lydia Howes!
- you can tell fishing communities tended to stick together. Ezra Howes (https://howesfamilies.com/getperson.php ... ee=Onename) and Anna Allen had five daughters. Every single one of them married a man named Kelley!
Next month's newsletter may be delayed a few days as I will be at RootsTech in Salt Lake City. Will any of our readers be there? Do let me know via email or contact me direct through the RootsTech App.
Doesn't matter if you can't be there. There are many options open to you even if you can't.
- Watch live streaming. Here is the full schedule of events that you can watch for free via the web: https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/liv ... m-schedule. This includes all of the Keynote speakers., whom I recommend, particuarly Steve Rockwood whom I interviewed last year. Having seen keynote sessions before, I guarantee you will not be let down. All the keynotes have interesting and inspiring stories to relate.
- purchase a virtual pass for US$79. In addition to the events you can watch for free via the web, there are another 30 lectures that will be recorded and available for viewing through September 2020. Check here for a full list: https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/virtual-pass
Another free event!
The good folks at MyHeritage have just announced a FREE global conference. It's quite innovative, because it will run for 24 hours but be available everywhere anyone has a web connection. It's open to all and completely free of charge.
The marathon will begin on Thursday, March 12 at 5 P.M. Eastern U.S. time (Friday, March 13 at 8 A.M. Sydney time) and end on Friday, March 13, at 5 P.M. eastern U.S. time (Saturday, March 14 Sydney time). Each lecture will be 45 minutes long, including 10 minutes for questions at the end.
Here is a complete list of speakers, topics, time zones AND a Register button. Remember: it's free!
https://familytreewebinars.com/intermed ... iply_nm=24
Howes in the news
1) Back last year I mentioned a British Astronomer named Nick Howes. Well, he's not alone! There's another Howes in the star-gazing community, or could I call it firmament?! Louise Howes has found the earliest stars in our galaxy dating from before the founding of the Milky Way. Read on: https://dailygalaxy.com/2020/01/from-be ... ys-center/
2) I hesitated about sharing this one, because it's in rather bad taste, as judged by modern eyes. But two things one learns from studying family history: (a) you cannot judge people's past behavior by our standards of today, and (b) when you have a large database you have a huge variety of people in your study and you have to accept that the tail ends of normal distributions are very long indeed. So with a certain health warning, let me offer this 'gem': Love Letters to Hitler, one of which was composed by Hannah Cushman Howes, wife of Ralph Holt Howes, not yet in our database:
https://boingboing.net/2020/01/23/love- ... itler.html
Not quite free but cheap
Even more birth and death "un-certificates" are now available for England and Wales. These are electronic copies, exactly like regular certificates but without that certificate seal on them. They're now available for births up to 1919 as before but then from 1984-2004 too, AND for deaths up to 1957 as before but then from 1984 to 2019 too. East costs only £7 if you order direct from the GRO. Marvelous!
There's been a lot of action on Irish records too. I'll cover those next month.
As you know, I'll be in Salt Lake City at the end of February. I'm also going to be in Boston, Massachusetts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for two or three days of research next week. On March 14 I will be speaking at the North Florida Genealogy Conference (nfgenealogyconference.com) about finding your overseas ancestors and using modern British records. Than later in March, on 19th, I will be speaking to another local genealogy society in Ormond Beach, Florida. If you're in any of these areas and would like to meet, let me know.
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