Butcher and Cartwright Family

Butcher and Cartwright Document Collection   © Julie Goucher, September 2021

Back in late May 2021, I spotted on a well known auction site a collection of documents related to a Butcher family. I cannot recall whether I won this on a traditional auction, or did a “buy now”. On a hunch, I would err towards the auction.

Having arrived, the material included some early research of, presumably a family member. There also was a selection of certificates, a grant of burial document, a photograph of a wedding party. The photograph is also enlarged with a numerical code of who attended the wedding. There is also a Proficiency in Radiotelegraphy granted by the Postmaster General, which includes a photograph of the individual concerned.

At this point, I have not undertaken any research of this family group, which is from the midlands of England, around Walsall, Staffordshire, as well as Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield in Warwickshire.

Another surname linked to the family is that of Hughes and the earliest marriage took place in 1893. The marriages will be added to the Guild of One-Name Studies Marriage Index.

If any of these seems familiar then please leave a comment or use the contact me form above. The ultimate aim, once I have undertaken some research, expanding the family line, is to either return to the family, or deposit with the Society of Genealogists.

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Certificate of Recognition – Society of Genealogists

Blog posts here these days are a bit like buses, you wait ages for one then two come along at once! Those who follow me either on Facebook or Twitter may well have seen my comment or post from yesterday. Thanks to those who commented, liked or shared.

Along with the stationery box yesterday, the postman delivered my certificate from the Society of Genealogists.

In the late summer of 2019 I was informed that I had been awarded the Certificate of Recognition for exceptional services to genealogy and one-name studies, promoting methodology, aims, processes and strategies.

Although a member of the SOG, I had barely noticed the announcement inviting nominations, so much so that when the communications came, I had to read it twice!

I was delighted to have been nominated and then subsequently awarded the certificate.

My sadness is that it is another milestone without my late Mum, but I know that she would have been proud.

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Papergang Stationery Box

What is there not to love about stationery?

I stumbled across the Papergang Stationery boxes last year, when the August box had the theme of fish. There was a discount on the first box, so I subscribed so I could see what was so great about these. I planned to unsubscribe, afterall, I had a great deal of stationery already.

Well, that was a year ago and whilst some of the boxes were not to my taste, there has been more great boxes than not great and I have remained subscribing.

Yesterday, the September box arrived and I thought that it might be fun to share the contents of the latest box.

Each box is decorated with the themed pattern for the month. On the front there is a tab which is pulled and then torn to enable easy opening. Ironically, this was the only box that I have managed to open without it resembling Beirut.

Inside the box, the supplies are wrapped in delightful paper. This month is the deep orange stationery print. Last month was the same print, but in yellow and earlier in the year the same design was used, but in purple.

Removing  the sticker reveals  a small  stack  of supplies, with the full array shown here:

The planner on the far right is undated and is one of three that have arrived this year, each one lasting for four months. I have the others unused and plan to use them for 2023. (I had hoped for 2022, but I liked one of the colours of the 2022 Moleskine range and purchased that instead).

There is not always a planner, each month is a variation. Over the last year there have been notebooks, writing paper, post it notes, birthday cards, erasures, paper clips, pencil cases, pencils (both coloured and regular), page flags, washi tape, and A5 art print (top left). Each month is accompanied by a small folded pamphlet with the information of what is included and an interview with the designer/artist, as each one is designed by someone different.

This post has not been been requested by Papergang, nor am I an affiliate. I fund my own purchases and have shared the contents of latest box via this post. If you wish to find out more, you can do so by visiting the Papergang website. And lastly, everybox sold helps to plant trees and several times a year Papergang work with Charities to promote their individual causes.

As I said, what is there not to love about stationery?

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Delving into the Surname of Noack (1)

Thirty years ago and I arrived in Australia to begin an adventure. I was exhausted from the traveling en-route, not to mention the jet lag. Within days I was presented with a book that I “might enjoy reading”.

I was staying at the home, of my late Mum’s first cousin who I will call F. He and his wife B married just after the Second World War. He was British and his wife Australian, together they raised a family of ten; the first born in the year my Mum was born and the last born just a few years before I was born.

The book related to B’s family, which was of German heritage. The family had migrated to Australia in the mid 19th Century, and had settled in South Australia. I read the book, made copious amounts of notes and to be honest thought very little of it. Though each time I subsequently returned to Australia would ask to borrow the book again, read it and make more notes along the way. Some notes were clearer than the original ones, some were new entries and some were simply replicas of earlier ones.

Over the coming months, I would meet various family members of B’s family, her brother and sister and numerous half siblings. I was welcomed with open arms, despite having no connection to that part of the family.

Eventually, the notes made it to my genealogical software and I promised that I would look into the family on a future Australian trip.

Fast forward to 2021 and I was working on creating a new course for Pharos; Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe (750). I was sifting through my notes and selecting the relevant case studies, before formatting those notes into a structured section in the lessons. Suddenly the word Noack jumped out from the page. I knew that name, and did not need to look up to check where I knew it from. It was the maiden name of B.

Researchers will be familiar with the sensation of wow, mixed with the realism of how did I miss this? Well I had that wow and realism feeling, moreover, I was and still am, rather embarrassed to say that I had not made the connection, even though I was acutely aware of the surname illustrated. I had the information looking me in the face and still managed to miss the connection <sigh>.

The one thing I am very sad of is that both F and B are no longer with us. I would so love to have shared this discovery with them both, though I know F would have rolled his eyes, before being ticked off by B.

As part of the new course, I have shared information about the group of people with whom the Noack’s identified with. In about six weeks the next running of the Practicalities of One-Name Studies (903) course will begin. During that, I shall be working alongside the students, taking the time to set up the structures for a Noack study and that will continue with the next running of the Introduction to One-Name Studies (901) course.

Over the coming weeks, watch the research on the surname unfold. You can find the Noack posts HERE.

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Stamping The Past (1)

Just recently I found myself day dreaming back in time. I don’t even know what the trigger was for this dreaming, but I found myself thinking about stamps. I know it’s not exactly a wild subject but what else can I say?

I’ve talked before about my Grandfather giving me a 1p stamp and a matchbox when I was about 3. That was my introduction to collecting stamps. I still have my school collection of stamps as well as the stamp tweezers I was given by a stamp dealer. I also still have this book.

Well before the pandemic I found myself in WH Smith’s wandering around the book section trying to locate something. As I was turning away I caught in my peripheral vision a stamp packet. Instead of moving on to locate what I was actually looking for, I moved towards the stamps. There I regressed to my childhood, where I had first encountered these packs of stamps.  I assume I had been standing for a while as I was aware of someone talking to me, a member of staff probably relieved that I eventually responded. I confirmed I was ok and said that I was remembering when I was a child and they sold these stamp packs, and I was pleased they still were. The staff member didn’t look interested so I looked away and the staff member made her escape. I stood for a while longer before moving back to the original search, realising I should have asked the staff member whilst I had the chance.

I eventually gave up the search, coming home and ordered from Amazon, but the thoughts of stamps kept entering my mind. I asked my husband if he had collected stamps as a child and he looked at me saying no, before commenting that didn’t I find collecting dead people (genealogically speaking) enough?

I went up to my office and pulled out the plastic lidded box which contained my stamps, carefully exploring the pages, and memories of building the collection. I had no intention of returning to my former hobby, but I still quite enjoy reading about stamps.

Putting the albums back into the lidded box & returning the box to the top of my bookcase, I looked at my list of things to do and sat at my desk. The first email I came to was from Warner’s, the publisher who produces FTM. I then spotted a reference to a stamp magazine, with a tempting offer for a subscription, I decided that the cost was so reasonable that I would sign up, but there would be no resurrection of collecting  stamps, unless there was a link to my One-Name or One-Place studies…..

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Genealogical Field Notes (1)

Created Julie Goucher - May 2021As I neared the finishing touches to the new Pharos course I am teaching, Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe I gathered up the last pile of notebooks in which resided some material for potential adding to the course material.

As I flicked the pages, it occurred to me that some of the smaller notes might be useful as blog posts. I shelved the idea for the next week or so and then found myself searching for a note that I knew I had written, but could not find so I could add to the lessons. When I eventually found the note, all 6 lines of it, I realised that I had spent 5 hours looking for it, though I had been side tracked several times.

For readers who might be thinking why not add it to the index in the notebook, I had, but it was not presented in a meaningful way; abbreviated for space saving purposes is fine, but the note does need to be written in a way that provides a clue! It also needed to be written legibly!

So over the coming weeks and months you will likely see these posts (placed in the category of Genealogical Field Notes) and you never know, you might even find something of interest!

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Why Study Surnames?

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As any genealogist or family historian will tell you there are always more questions than answers and always a burning obsession to find out more, even if the odds are against a successful search.

There are a variety of reasons for researching a surname, here are just a few:

  • General curiosity about the surname.
  • Where does the surname come from?
  • My name is foreign, how did it get here?
  • Spellings of different surnames and are they related?
  • An attempt to demolish a genealogical brick wall.
  • By collecting all the references to a given name, it means that you do not necessarily miss your elusive ancestor.
  • …….the list is endless; and there is no right or wrong answer.
  • If you have questions about different surnames, the questions are likely different AND you might even find the answers to those questions is entirely different.

More than likely you will have already started your surname research before you become aware of the concept and before you have considered the basic foundations for a study.

What are the foundations? well here are a few things to consider:

  • Seek to understand the history of the surname
    • Where did it come from
    • What does it mean
    • How big might my study be?
  • What do you want to achieve by undertaking your study?
    • It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a firm idea, but begin thinking about it.

More details and information is covered in the Pharos Introduction to One-Name Studies course.

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – P is for Publishing, Publicising, and Preserving One-Name and Surname Research

7 steps

Image created by Melody McKay Burton for Guild of One-Name Study 2019 from Surname Research Guide

Today we look at three of the seven elements of one-name studies that feature on the 7 steps image here – there is a great deal of overlap between the three elements and these are easily achieved when considered together.

Before we start, lets just look at a few considerations, as these might affect how you achieve these elements:

  • What are the aims of your study?
  • What do you want to happen to your research after you have joined your ancestors?
  • How can you share your research?:
    • with Guild members
    • with other researchers
    • with others, who may be curious and not genealogists or researchers

There are a number of options available and it is perfectly acceptable to use a mixture of those provisions available. I am aware that I am a Guild Trustee and Pharos Tutor, but before I was either of those, I was a genealogist and a surname researcher. There are lots of things that I wish I had known in the beginning and even now, I tweak my process and work method. Evolving our research is good practice and indicates our individual growth and awareness.

PROFILE PAGE – Members of the Guild benefit from having a profile page if they have registered a surname – here is mine for the Orlando study It is two years old and needs an update in places. The profile page is a platform that you can use to share material about your study. It can be updated as often as you would like and members can add images, text and even presentations if they wish. It is essentially YOUR space to publicise your study. I have set the profile to be retained by the Guild in the event that I cease being a Guild member.

WEBSITE – Members of the Guild with a registered study can apply to have a website hosted by the Guild free of charge. There are a few options available and you can read about those HERE. For those who have looked at my websites will see that I have elected to have my studies hosted by the Guild and when I join my ancestors the material will be preserved for others, whether they are actively researching the specific surname or whether they have taken their own research a step further and developed their own study.

Both of my sites are under construction and use TNG populated by uploading a GEDCOM file. The only cost I incurred beyond my annual membership was a one-off cost of a TNG licence of around $32 (USD).

BLOG – The latest part of the Guild’s suite of member provisions is having a blog hosted by the Guild using the WordPress structure. Essentially it is pretty much like this one, though this one is not hosted by the Guild currently. The provision is free of charge to members and the details are HERE.

All of these elements as I am sure you can see enable the publicising of a study, publishing of a study and preservation of it. There are a few other considerations which I have outlined here:

  • Some members go a step further and create a book, generated from their genealogical software.
  • Some might create a preservation such I have done and give that to genealogical groups or add to their profile. 
  • Some might choose to add their information to the Guild indexes as a way of publicising their study, as all additions are linked back to the member – A search for Butcher in the marriages of the world index which is public generated these results as you can see not all entries are mine, meaning I can connect with other members and swap information.
  • Some members might choose to provide a copy of their work to genealogical organisations where perhaps their surname is the commonly found, indeed they may choose to do this for several organisations – I plan to give a copy of my research to the Society of Genealogists in London in digital format for example.
  • Some members might choose to deposit their work in the Guild of One-Name Studies library and Archive. 

We are limited by our imaginations in how we tackle these elements, but however we choose to do it, make sure that your work does not end up in a recycling bin. A few years ago a student of the Introduction to One-Name Studies course passed away aged in their mid 50’s they had not left any instructions for their work and with the click of a finger the material was gone which is tragic. Please do not think that you cannot deposit incomplete work, you can. If we leave it until it is “complete” we may never do it, as a study is never really complete.

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – O is for Origins of Surnames

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The Introduction to One-Name Studies course goes some way to explore the origins of surnames. Members of the Guild often explore the origins in relation to a specific surname, though that is not necessarily the only way to embark on a study. Other members might explore the origins of surnames in general or in relation to surnames in a specific country.

Research into the origins of a surname may well include the evolution of that surname across variants and other factors that might affect the surname. These might include, though not limited to:

  • Language
  • Dialects
  • Accents
  • Broad linguistic research (1)
  • Alphabet

Russia for example has over 100 languages with 27 of them being officially recognised in various regions across the country (2). Some countries adopted surnames quite late, Turkey for example did not pass a legislation stipulating that all citizens must have a fixed, hereditary surname until 1934. The Surname law went a step further, all surnames were to be Turkish surnames (3). Furthermore, it was forbidden that Armenian names could be used, nor could Greek, Slavic or Persian endings be appended to the chosen name. Neither could the name be duplicated in the same district.


(1) – Advanced One-Name Studies (Pharos course 902)

(2) – Tracing Ancestors in Continental Europe (Pharos course 750)

(3) – Tracing Ancestors in Continental Europe (Pharos course 750)

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A-Z Challenge 2021 – All about Surnames – M is for Methodology of a One-Name Study & Surname Research

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The Seven Pillars of a One-Name Study is a book that published by the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2012.  The book provides guidance of how to proceed with a study. Given the book is a decade old, it is a little dated and there is perhaps a reviewed sense of member benefits, and some elements that are worthy of consideration before focusing on the pillars.

7 steps

Image created by Melody McKay Burton for Guild of One-Name Study 2019 from Surname Research Guide

Whilst the title suggests that the pillars or steps are linear, they are more of a continuum, as this revised illustration hopes to portray.

The beginning of a study, tends to focus on what is called collect, but I prefer to refer to it as gather. It is not necessarily correct that this has to be the starting point, and it may well be that other factors present themselves meaning that the focus shifts from gather to analysis for example.

There is some overlap on several of these, in particular the last four. Communicate was originally referred to as respond, and linked to the responsibility of responding to all enquiries. Instead, communicate references the other ways people might contact a study, which includes social media. 

Developing a process of working through data, adding to software as well as looking at analysis and synthesis of that data. Encouragement is given to maintaining a research log, and to do lists. There is not a huge amount of process, but I do appreciate that it might appear that way when you first undertake a study, which also includes time management, citations and sources.

I have written about this previously, you can find those articles HERE and a number of these elements, along with examples can be found in the Introduction of One-Name Studies course.

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