Faulder Family Genealogy

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…)

18 August, 2010

William Willett (b 1856): Advocate of Daylight Saving

William Willett was the son of the William Willett who started the building company. However he is most memorable as the advocate of Daylight Saving or British Summer Time. (more…)

17 August, 2010

Wilfred Willet (b 1890): Rescued by his wife during World War One

Wilfred Leslie Willett (1890-1961), a medical student, married Eileen Stenhouse (1892-1961) in 1913 (and again in 1914). He joined the London Rifles (1/5th battalion, The London Regiment) in 1914 and was injured in December of that year, when he climbed out of the trenches at Ploegsteert to attempt to assist an injured man (Private, later acting Captain Ernest G Moore) in No Man’s Land. The injury was a severe head injury. (more…)

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