ALLEN a day’s work

In a previous post (from 2010!), my next steps were to: Find ALLEN birth entries in Harborne parish registers Locate family members on 1841 census (and beyond) Find marriage record in Halesowen parish registers Determine Isaac and Ann’s birthplaces/dates 1) These are all the baptisms I could find in the Harborne parish register: Note that … Read more ALLEN a day’s work

Mystery Grandson Solved

In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to find out more about the mystery grandson, William CASSANS, found staying with the ALLEN family in the 1851 census.  I’ve actually wanted to do this for years – ever since I first found this census record.  If I could find who his mother was, I … Read more Mystery Grandson Solved


William Henry ALLEN, son of Henry & Susanna ALLEN, was born around 1790 in Faversham, Kent. I can state this for sure because of Bishop’s Transcripts.  Before this discovery, I only knew that William Henry ALLEN was a carpenter and the father of Mary Ann Allen since he appears on his daughter’s marriage certificate in 1848 … Read more The ALLEN Key

Using Convict Records to Go Back

The wonderful Tasmanian Archives site has a wealth of records available online – particularly for those researching their convict ancestors. My ancestor, Elizabeth ALLEN arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) aboard the convict ship, Margaret in 1843.  The details given by her where recorded upon her arrival. Coming from a large city like Birmingham, with a relatively common name, … Read more Using Convict Records to Go Back

I Feel the Need… the Need for FOCUS

I’ve been MIA the last few weeks as I travelled back to Australia for my brother’s wedding (which was lovely). Sadly, my grandmother’s health has deteriorated and she has now moved to Sydney to be closer to my uncle. (Interestingly, she is a direct descendant of the BUCHAN lunatics I’ve been blogging about and is … Read more I Feel the Need… the Need for FOCUS