Month: May 2011

Genealogy for schools in Lincolnshire

Here’s a couple of links to a schools genealogy project in Lincolnshire (UK).  The project is called Making History and is supported by actors Miriam Margolyes and Colin McFarlane.

There are 12 schools involved in the pilot and it is hoped it will then be rolled out across the country.

The project will help children discover who their ancestors are and they will have the chance to make their family history into a short film.

Sounds like a really exciting project.

This is Lincolnshire

BBC News Lincolnshire


Silsden – Postcard #7

This postcard is a street scene in the town of Silsden, West Yorkshire.  The postcard has been used but is in very good condition.  It was posted from Silsden in March 1929 to a Miss Exley at Waterloo Road, Kelbrook, Colne.

There is no publisher details on the back of the card but there is the name “Jackson” on the front.  Although I am not certain I believe this could be J M Jackson & Co. Ltd.

The reason I bought the postcard is because Silsden is the birth place of my paternal grandmother Alice Hurtley.

Silsden is a town and civil parish in West Yorkshire located in the Aire river valley between Keighley and Skipton.  Along the lower edge of the town is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

I like the scene – it reminds me of a sleepy sunny day with not much going on, except for the two chaps on the right who appear to be working hard.  The horse and cart is standing outside the Red Lion hotel on Kirkgate.

Surname Saturday – Astin

I have only seven Astin’s so far in my family tree – it is a name I haven’t researched very much.  The earliest Astin is my 3x great grandfather Robert who was born about 1805 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  The other six are Robert’s children including my 2x great grandmother Ann who was born about 1831 in Rough Lee, Lancashire.

According to surnamedb Astin is of Old Scandinavian (Norse) origin, and is a Norman form of the Old Norse personal name “Asketill”.  It was apparently a popular male personal name before the Norman Conquest of 1066, having been introduced by Viking invaders many years earlier.

The name can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Aschil”.  There is a Robertus filius (a son of) Astin mentioned in 1219 in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire.

The surname itself was first recorded in the early 13th Century, and one Hugh Astyn was listed in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire in 1297.  Also John Asketyn and William Hastin were both noted in the Assize Court Rolls of Kent in 1317.

Recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Ales Astin and Amys Allin at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, on April 13th 1602, and the marriage of Henrie Astin and Jane Ginninges on October 16th 1615, at St. Dunstan’s, Stepney. There is a William Astin buried in the parish of St. Michael’s, in the Barbadoes, on July 30th 1678.

Modern day variants  include Askin, Astins, Ashken, Haskin, Haskins and Hasting. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Astin, which was dated 1230, in the “Pipe Rolls of Devonshire”