Faulder Family Genealogy

1 July, 2016

On this night 100 years ago (1 July 1916)

On this night 100 years ago (1st July 1916), I believe my grandfather, 2nd Lt Harold Faulder, went into the trenches for the first time in front of Serre on the Somme.

Possibly it might be more correct to say the remains of the trenches; my belief is that his first time in the trenches was to recover the dead and wounded from the day’s fighting. (more…)

17 May, 2016

One Hundred Years ago Today

Hansard, The Record of the UK Parliament, reports for 17 May 1916:

HC Deb 17 May 1916 vol 82 cc1572-618

Message received to attend the Lords Commissioners.

The House went, and, having returned,

Mr. SPEAKER

reported the Royal Assent to,

1. Local Government (Emergency Provisions) Act, 1916.
2. Courts (Emergency Powers) (Amendment) Act, 1916.
3. Summer Time Act, 1916.
4. Edinburgh Corporation Order Confirmation Act, 1916.
5. Gas Orders Confirmation Act, 1916.
6. Burnley Corporation Act, 1916.
7. Weston-Super-Mare Grand Pier Act, 1916.
Hansard, HC Deb 17 May 1916 vol 82 cc1572-618

The Summer Time Act had long been advocated by William Willett. He did not live to see his proposal implemented having died in March 1915. The idea had been adopted by many other countries including Germany and it was only the demands of wartime that moved the British from ridiculing the idea to adopting it. (more…)

24 March, 2016

Research & Other Work Agenda

Taking stock of questions to research, itches to scratch, and development work to do.

Contents

  1. Family Reconstructions
  2. Specific People
  3. Website Development

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25 May, 2015

The Willetts of Colchester, Essex (and Daylight Saving) 1 of 2

The change to and from British Summer Time can bring about a flurry of interest in William Willett, the original advocate in Britain of Daylight Saving. For some reason this spring Google and that ilk have pointed a larger number of people than usual towards this family blog. Some of them have familiar family stories about being related to “Daylight Saving” Willett.

In addition another comment by a relative (about William Willett senior – Daylight Saving Willett’s father – running away from his step-mother) has prompted me to re-examine “the top” of the Willett tree as I have previously understood it.

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1 September, 2014

Identifying FANYs in Newspaper Cutting

This post ties into the post about Evelyn Faulder’s Military Medal. Recent comments by Juliet Webster have prompted me to revisit this story. There is a press cutting in the family (from the Daily Mirror of 23 July 1918):

Cutting; Photo of MM Award Winners

Cutting; Photo of MM Award Winners

But who is who?

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15 April, 2014

Faulder Family – England and Wales Distribution

Although I have been concentrating on my own line of Faulders (who I can trace back to North Cumberland in 1754), I am taking an interest in other lines because they may eventually give a clue to my line further back.

I have also been working with GenMap UK an application that will map Genealogical Data. This has helped me get a view of where there are major groups of Faulders. (more…)

4 February, 2011

The Quick and the Dead: Upcoming book

Richard van Emden will be publishing a book later this year about the Great War families left without a father or husband.  Although stories of members of our family do not feature, some may recognise the cover.
Cover illustration

The picture was taken at Tyne Cot in the 1920s by Marjorie Faulder, widow of Harold Faulder, and shows my father pointing out his father’s name.

A friend of the author saw the picture when I used it to illustrate a post on the Great War Forum and consequently Richard Van Emden approached me asking if he could use the image.  My brother and I agreed (almost two and a half years ago). (more…)

21 December, 2010

Research Note: Google Ngrams

(This post is more in the nature of a genealogy diary entry or research note discussing a potential line of interesting research.)

Google in their attempt to “capture all information”, have been digitalising huge numbers of mainly out of copyright books (more than 5.2 million).  Now they have introduced a tool to try and analyse this corpus of data: Google NGrams.  This allows you to graph by date of publication the occurrence of a word (or even selection of words).

So for a genealogist, the logical thing to do is ego-surf – stick your own surname in the tool and see what comes out. (more…)

29 August, 2010

The Williamsons and Worcester

William Blizzard Williamson, the elder was born in Cork, Ireland in about 1812.  He appears in the English Census of 1841 in Kingston (upon Thames) described as an “I tinman” (possibly itinerant tinman – or tinker).  When he died in 1878 he had founded the Providence Tinplate works in Worcester (later a major part of Metal Box) and both his sons would go on to be Mayor of Worcester. (more…)

24 August, 2010

William Willett (b 1837) Founder of the building firm

There are (at least) two notable William Willetts. The most notable two are probably the father and son pair; the son (b 1856) is noted as the advocate of Daylight Saving, whilst his father is noted for founding the building firm Willetts. (more…)

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