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.