Espley One Name Study

British Postal Service Appointment Books

There has been much chatter in the genealogy world this week about the British Postal Service Appointment Books just released on Ancestry.

I have done some searches for the main names in my family tree.  There are plenty of Dawson’s in the area of Yorkshire that I am interested in – so I need to look at those when I have more time.

However, there were only fifteen Espley’s plus three Aspley’s and two Epsley’s.  So I have captured all this information in a new table in my spreadsheet.

The Espley’s are:-

Wm. – 1894, 1895 and 1896 in Wellington, Shropshire

Jessie – 1910 in Wellington, Shropshire working on the telephones

Wm. – 1913 in Chester

William E – 1922 – the location isn’t recorded.  Employed as certified wireless watcher.

Victor G – 1933 in Bletchley as Postman manager.

Audrey M – 1935 at the Central Telegraph Office

Victor G – 1935 in Luton and 1937 in Bedford

John S – 1940, location not recorded

Frederick J W – 1947 in Stoke on Trent as a postman

Leslie – 1949 in Southampton

James F – 1953 in Stoke on Trent as a postman

If anyone can identify these particular Espley’s I would love to hear from you.

Espley One Name Study – Update #8

Ahead of schedule I completed transcribing the 1901 England, Wales and Scottish census into my spreadsheet records yesterday afternoon.

That’s all the England & Wales births, marriages and deaths completed and the census returns for 1841 through to 1901.  I feel well chuffed.

I started an interesting thread on the GOONS forum yesterday asking for advice from other researchers about how they assign unique ID numbers to each person.  There has been quite a lot of replies and a good number of different methods for keeping track of each person.  I will need to give some thought to what is the best option for me.

As I said in my last update I am now looking forward to trying to match people into family groups.

This is only the start of course.  There are many more records available in the UK including wills, ships passenger lists and prison records.

The bigger goal is to look globally and also for the variant names included in my study – Epsley and Aspley.

Espley One Name Study – Update #7

We had intended to go to the Yorkshire Family History Fair in York today.  But best laid plans and all that – the weather wasn’t very good and I was full of aches and pains and couldn’t face it.

So we stayed at home.  But I didn’t want to waste the day altogether.  I decided to crack on with more work on my Espley One Name Study.

I was already part way through transcribing the 1891 UK census into my spreadsheet, so my target was to get that completed by the end of today.  I am happy to say that I finished at 4.20pm – having started at about 10.30 this morning.  I am now settled down watching Glastonbury on the telly.

Tomorrow I hope to set up the next spreadsheet for the 1901 census and maybe get that transcribed in the next four or five weeks.

As I am not a subscriber to Find My Past I will wait until Ancestry get the 1911 census digitised before starting on that.

So maybe after finishing the 1901 census I will start to track individuals from birth through to death and build some family trees.  That’s the bit I am really looking forward to.

Espley One Name Study – Update #6

I haven’t made very much progress since my last update in March.  To be honest I have been concentrating on using the National Burial Index I bought at a family history fair in April and concentrating my efforts in that area for my main family history research.

Anyway I got back to the one name study this morning and took stock.  I am nearly half way through indexing the England 1891 census – I completed the 1881 census sometime in April.  My goal is to finish the 1891 census by the middle of June and then start on 1901.  I’m not going to set myself a target for that just yet.

I can see an end in sight for the transcribing and indexing work.  After that I want to try to identify each individual, track them on the different spreadsheets and build family tree records.

GOONS Profile Page

I’m feeling a huge sense of achievement today.  I have just launched the Espley One-Name study profile page on the Guild of One-Name Studies website. 

There is still a long way to go before I finish collecting all the UK data for the Espley name.  Then there are the two variant names – Epsley and Aspley – to start on as  well as all the data from overseas.

However the project is now well and truly advertised in the best place and I hope to get contacts from other Espley researchers over the coming weeks, months and years.

Perhaps I will have a glass of red tonight to celebrate the achievement.

Espley One Name Study – Update #5

It’s slow progress – but progress all the same.  Now put on to separate spreadsheets:-

  • GRO births – 1837 to 2005
  • GRO marriages – 1837 to 2005
  • GRO deaths – 1837 to 2005
  • IGI transcripts for UK
  • 1841 English census
  • 1851 English census
  • 1861 English census – started

I have tonight registered the Espley name with the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS) including two variants – Epsley and Aspley.  It could be argued that Epsley is just a misspelling but there are 48 on the 1911 census so I would want to include that spelling of the name as part of the study.

Next step is to set up an Espley profile page on the GOONS website.

During the next month I hope to finish indexing at least the 1861 and 1871 census returns.

Espley One Name Study – Update #4

I’ve made a bit of progress over the last six weeks.  All the GRO births, marriages and deaths are now recorded on spreadsheets – one for each record type.  I am about two thirds of the way through typing the IGI extracts onto a spreadsheet – this is taking a bit longer than I anticipated.  I hope to have this finished by the end of next week.

I then plan to start transcribing the UK census records.  My thinking at the moment is that I will put these records into Family Tree Maker.

I have also now joined the Guild of One Name Studies on Facebook.

The next IT decision I need to make is about a database.  The spreadsheets are OK but I don’t think they are as flexible as a database programme.  I had come to the idea of buying Custodian 3 but have just found out that it is not available for a Mac.  So back to the drawing board.  I have a database with the Mac but not sure I am skilled enough to create what I need from scratch.  Might need to check out the Guild of Name Studies and ask members for advice.

This week I have seen an aerial view photograph of Espley Hall in Northumberland for sale on Ebay so hoping to buy this.  I have been trying to find out about the history of Espley Hall but drawn a blank so far.  We might need to make a trip up there.

Espley One Name Study – Update #3

The main reason for very few blog posts during December was because I spent most of my spare time collecting data for my Espley One Name Study.  I am really pleased with the progress since my last update.

I have now finished transcribing all the England and Wales GRO birth, marriage and death records from 1837 to 2005.  I have also transcribed all the IGI information for the Espley name.  All this data is in three A4 books (still plenty of room in the third one).  This wasn’t without its difficulties as I’m sure you can imagine – duplicated entries in the Ancestry index, duplicated entries in the GRO index, some barely readable handwriting in the early GRO records and lots of repetition in the IGI records.

I haven’t yet started on the UK census records – and to be honest I have been putting that off because it’s not quite as easy.  My goal is to make a start on this within the next month.

Over the holidays I set up a spreadsheet to record all the GRO births and I finished typing all the birth information from my index books about two hours ago.  I have now created a second spreadsheet for the GRO marriages and made a start typing the information – I am now having a break.

I joined the Guild of One Name Studies and my new member pack arrived today.  So I have got lots of information to read including the latest quarterly Journal.  This is going to keep me occupied and interested for a while.

I haven’t registered the Espley name with the Guild yet because I am still undecided about the variant names to include.

I also joined the Espley group on Facebook and told members about my project.  I invited them to get in touch with information and photographs etc.

The other thing we’ve started to do is to gather information about the origins of the name and search for locations that have Espley in the name.

I suspect that the only progress I make during the next month will be to get as much of the remaining data as possible typed on spreadsheets.

Finally on the techie side of things I also registered a website domain name in case we want to publish all the results and information on our own website.

I know that Jayne is really keen to try and build as many pedigree trees as possible once we have all the information stored in spreadsheets.  This isn’t a requirement of a One Name Study but I think it will be an interesting project all the same.  However this is a long term goal but one I am looking forward to starting – sometime.

 

Espley One Name Study Update #2

The last few weeks I have spent most evenings transcribing information from the IGI and the GRO indexes into my trusty notebook.

I have now completed all the IGI records and all the births up to 2005.  Just this week I made a start on the GRO marriages.

I have prepared a spreadsheet to eventually capture all the details.  However I am not yet convinced this is the way I want to go.  So the IT options are still open.

I used to think that the GRO index was infallible and that any mistakes on Ancestry for example would be down to incorrect transcription.  I now realise how naive I was.

I discovered duplicate entries and one person registered three times!

So my biggest lesson so far – check the information, then check it again and again if necessary.  Always try to find the original document, record or index.

Because I have been concentrating so much on the One Name Study I haven’t done much of anything else.

I still have to join the Guild of One Name Studies and register the Espley name.  I decided to wait a while until I gathered more information – especially about the origins of the name and the variants I want to include in the study.  At the moment I am thinking that the variant spellings will be – Esply, Esplee, Aspley and Asply.

I know that there is an Espley Group on Facebook and my wife (Jayne) has joined them.  Perhaps that might also be a source of information.

One-Name Study Update #1

I started work on my “Espley One-Name Study” on 29 October.

I don’t know if other people keep manuscript notes but it certainly works for me. So I have today finished transcribing the GRO births for 1837-1915 in to a new reference book I started just for this project.

My next step is to tackle the birth records on the IGI.

I have also registered a website domain name for when I am ready to publish the results of my study.

Things still to to do

  • join The Guild of One-Name Studies and register the Espley name with them
  • more research about computer software options
  • prepare a plan for when I finish recording the IGI births
  • continuing research on the Espley name – locations, historical facts etc.

I will be doing other family history tasks as well – so the “one-name study” will take a back seat from time to time.

This last week I have also been indexing census and draft records for Family Search. So it seems as though I have spent every spare minute in front of the lap top.

May be time for an IT break – then again may be not!