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Friday, September 7, 2018

   just gets better and better.    In February  a new tool was added   titled "Calendar of Ancestral Moments."   This new tool  lets me see what important event happened in my family history on a particular calendar date.       I am loving this feature.    I am notified through  'Facebook Messenger'  on a day that  I have  an  ancestor  that is  born or married.    In    August  seven  events occurred   that I was notified of   reminding me of  a loved ancestor or  ancestor's to keep him/her in my mind that day.  A small way to keep connected and remembered.  
     To get  started, visit  Log into your FamilySearch Account and your ancestor calendar should appear.   Give it a try-Here is the link;
For more  information   I click 'View Relationship' and I can see my direct  line  from me to my ancestor.  When I click the name I see a summary of  the ancestors vital information.  
Below is information  about one of my very favorite great-great grandfather.  

Charles Kidgell Jr. 
b21 August 1833
 Charles's parents were Charles Sr. and Caroline Loftus.  His mother died in 1845 when Charles was twelve years old.  He was their first child and only boy.  Five sisters followed Charles the youngest Helen, was one year old at his mother's    passing, she died the next year in 1846.
     Charles joined the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day Saints on the 22nd of April  1850.  He first heard the gospel preached by Mormon Elders on the street and became intensely interested.   After a thorough investigation he joined and it was at this time he met and courted Sarah Ann Cashmore.  

     It's been many months since I have posted on my Genealogy Blog  and that makes me sad. 
I have great hopes I can get going again in doing Family History asap; something I enjoy doing.  What a person enjoys most should be put higher on the priority list.  Right?

     I appreciate everyone and anyone who drops by to read this blog. 



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Matilda's family address in Bath,England 15 Claverton Blg. Still exists today.

Upper left: St Thomas  at Widcombe
Lover left  Bath Parks and Gardens.  (I did visit
this place and have pictures.)
Main Picture:  Combe, Bath, England 
                 Pictures to the left are of North East Somerset, Bath England.    This area is where Matilda's    parents were born and lived all their lives.  When they married on 23 November 1823 their address was 15 Claverton Buildings, Bath, Somerset, England.    In my research I found a member of this family living at that same address until 1917.  Just  think about it, for  ninety-four years a family member resided at  that address.  
        In 2001, I visited this beautiful city of Bath, England.  If  I had only known then what I know now;  15 Claverton Bldg. is the only building  of many numbered Claverton Bldg's that is the "least altered" bldg. today.  It was built in 1755 of Limestone ashlar: two story’s high, with an attic, and a basement.   In 2001, I actually could have visited  this very dwelling.    To see more click on this link:
Claverton Buildings     
Much Much more to come.
Sorry  for so much time in between
posts .  Things happen that are just out of my control   that keeps me from doing what I love most.     

Friday, February 23, 2018

Matilda Jane Amelia GAY 1824-1901

Remember me in the family Tree
My name, My days, My strife;
Then I'll ride upon the wings of time
And live an endless life.   Goetsch 

      Matilda Jane Amelia Gay Wherrett Tomlinson; it's time to put  Matilda  in the right place with the right  name.   Below is Matilda's Certificate of Marriage to Edward Aaron Wherrett Sr.    They were married at the Registrar's Office in Bath, Somerset, England, on   Monday,   16 February 1846, one hundred seventy two years ago   today (16 February 2018).
Edward was twenty one years old; Matilda was nineteen,  three months shy of her twentieth  birthday.  

      Their marriage certificate, below, has an enlarged view of Edward's and Matilda's signatures in their own handwriting.  This is  the only personal thing I have of theirs.   I am presuming  that because they can sign their name and not an x  representing a signature (that is so commonly seen   on  old documents) they  can read and write.   How grateful I am to have  original signatures. It has helped me in Identifying Edward in other important documents  in comparing his handwriting.  The next best thing would be a picture to surface of Edward and/or Matilda.  That would be a miracle but, I believe in miracles. 
Certificate of  1846 Marriage solemnized at the Register Office in the District of Bath in the County of Somerset.   

          Matilda  is  my  dad's great grandmother.    
Dad (Vern Wherrett Tomlinson)  told me his middle name Wherrett came from his Great-grandmother's maiden name on his father's  side.  Dads know, right?

     Several years after my dad died (1991), I found the Tomlinson family group sheet in one of Dad's drawers .   As a newbie just learning how to research my family history, I took the information from the group sheet and what I was told by my dad as  fact. 
      It took me two years to unscramble the information only to realize Dad 's explanation was  was not a fact and the Tomlinson group sheet was not correct either.   I was so persistent with what I was told to be fact only to finally realize it wasn't true.    
       Dad's  father (George Wherrett Tomlinson) was named after  his grandfather George Tomlinson born in 1822 in England, Matilda's second husband.  Did George W. Tomlinson know it was his step-grandfather and not his biological grandfather?   Maybe not or maybe he did and was told not to talk about  it; a family secret.
     What I learned from this experience   is that all  family stories need to be researched  carefully to either clarify the family lore or to  verify that it is  the real story. 
             My research started in  1997; it has been an interesting journey since uncovering the fact that our family surname of Tomlinson is not our biological name.  We are the Wherretts. 
       Fact; we do have the surname  Tomlinson  in our line.  It's on Dad's maternal line going back to his great-great grandmother Maria Tomlinson Cashmore.   Below are pictures of all his "grandmothers" on his mother's   side.  

              This  is  an introduction to the family line of Edward  Aaron Wherrett and Matilda Gay.  Starting the life of Matilda Jane Amelia Gay. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

"No matter your background, Veronica"

In this article, Veronica mentions RootsTech2017 and a keynote speaker Lavar Burton. Many classes and most keynote speakers (not all) are available for the public to view.  A wonderful way to learn what happens at Roots Tech and resources to learn how to do Family Search.   Just in case you didn't see the link to RootsTech2017 or the limk to one of the keynote speakers Lavar Burton here they are again.    Rootstech 2017   and
 LeVar Burton shares powerful thoughts on equality, race, history, and self-perception during his 2017 RootsTech keynote address.

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hepworth House Porch Restored

Thomas and Mary Hepworth built this house in the 1870's.  It is being restored today. 
November 2017
Over six years of hard work and beautiful craftsmanship the restoration of the porch
by the owner of the Hepworth house is finished.  Makes me very grateful for the love,
the patience by Alan Barnett in restoring great great grandfather
Thomas Hepworth and Mary Fletcher's home.

My Thanksgiving thoughts today comes from a post on my facebook page very recently of the restoration of THE PORCH
of my Great Great GrandParents.   Really, when I saw the post  I became very teary eyed and posted my comments as such, and stating that it is such an honor to my gg grandparents that their house is coming alive again.
Alan Barnett purchased this home in Salt Lake City a number of years ago.  Bit by bit he is restoring it.
His answer to my post was this "Renée, I couldn't have done this without the photo you provided showing Mary Hepworth and some of the family standing in front of the house It was absolutely invaluable in recreating the details on the porch."
(Referring to the top picture of this post)

My Thoughts:  Everyone!  SHARE what you have.  It  may be pictures, stories,  or documents; share them by uploading them on Familysearch or Ancestry Tree, family reunions.   It will bless someone's life that you never thought it would.

I am grateful to  everyone that shows me support in doing FamilySearch of my family lines.
I give Gratitude to all my family that has gone before me and to family and friends that are with me today.

"Live in Thanksgiving Daily"             Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I love Halloween.
Not so much the modern Halloween of today.
Many good memories of my own childhood and when our twins were home.
Cari and Lori also loved Halloween and made the season so fun. 
Even with just Earl and Me at home I still decorate for Halloween. Just for my enjoyment. 
I am looking for a old discarded doll house to remodel into a haunted house for next year. 
Happy Halloween 

Still trying to get back to blogging.  
It will happen just not sure when. 
My best to everyone who stops by.  


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Babies Dressed in White continued: If I only realized Fifty three years ago......

This Beautiful White Dress has a matching slip and inside of the back is a tag that says ZCMI. 
 (Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution [for more information click here]) History of ZCMI
 It was purchased in 1913 for the Priesthood ordinance of giving my father a name and a blessing:
 Vern Wherrett Tomlinson.
(In modern revelation, parents who are members of the Church [Church of Jesus Christ of - Latter Day Saints]are commanded to bring their children “before the church,” where the elders “are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name” (D&C 20:70). This is why parents bring babies to a sacrament meeting, where an elder—usually the father—gives them a name and a blessing.)
Vern's three living children Gary, Renée and Ted, seven Granddaughters and three Grandsons were given a name and a blessing wearing this dress.
After the thirteenth Great Grandchild it had become so frail it was time to retire the legendary Blessing Dress. My mother felt it was best that the oldest Tomlinson son should inherit Dad's dress. 
 Today it's  displayed in the home of  my oldest brother Gary Vern.

If only I had the nostalgia; the appreciation; fifty three years ago AS I DO today, I would have taken a more professional picture of my children and grandchildren wearing this dress. (Nicole is pictured above in 'The Dress.')  And I would have encouraged my two brothers to also encourage their children to take a more professional picture of their babies wearing Dad's dress. 
In my mother and fathers' picture albums I found all of the pictures of babies that wore the blessing gown for this special ordinance.  Some were OK but most are not OK.   The picture was either out of focus or it didn't show the whole dress.  Since I found the poem written by David O. Mckay it has really been on my mind of how important it is to preserve and cherish precious meaningful materialistic things for our posterity.
The above (out of focus) picture is me; the only picture taken of me in infancy. Mother was showing how much hair I was born with by using the mirror.  I did not notice until scanning this picture for this post that I indeed am wearing Dad's dress.  You can tell by looking closely at the sleeve and around the neck.   Makes me happy; that this pic verifies Mothers statement that I was given a name and blessing wearing Dad's dress.  
 Below is a picture of my Grandson Christopher.  I had to talk Christopher's father into wearing the dress for his blessing.  This was in the spring of 1994.  I promised his father Chris, that as soon as the blessing was over that his mother and I would take him out to the church building hallway and change him into his boy baby outfit.  This memory sure makes me smile and as
you see it made Christopher happy too.

Christopher Michael 

Once more I am enclosing the Poem by David O. McKay

The summer is getting HOT and LIFE is very busy.  I am now the caretaker for my husband Earl and am taking the summer off.  I may do one more post then not again until September.  

Have a great summer and thanks for stopping by.