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Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Genealogy Fun – My genealogical three’s

I’ve been busy catching up on a few maintenance projects around the Ancestral Wales home, which was in desperate need of some painting projects to be done – hence the absence of posts. 

Thanks to a recent update for the computer that went rogue on me this week, I’ve also had to spend a lot of time restoring my computer, and on the phone with Microsoft (and my thanks to the techs who rescued my stuff and called me back three times to make sure everything was updating ok!!!)  Although I’m always backing up my system, it is never 100 percent up to date, and so I did lose some of my work.  A valuable lesson learned indeed.

In the absence of any genealogical tidbits to post this week, I decided to take up Genea-Musing’s Saturday night fun challenge. (yes, it is Sunday now …….)   “Tell us your three responses to the questions:”

* Three genealogical libraries I frequent

Alberta Family History Library(As a volunteer)

FHS Library

Calgary Public Library (to use
* Three places I’ve visited on genealogy trips

Saskatchewan, Canada

Aberystwyth area, Wales

Manchester, England
* Three genealogy societies I belong to (or want to)

Alberta Family History Society (belong)

Dyfed Family History Society (belong)

National Genealogical Society (wish list)
* Three websites that help my research
* Three ancestral graves that I’ve visited

Fitton, Tal-y-bont Cemetery, Ceredigion, Wales

Cadman, Tal-y-bont Cemetery, Ceredigion, Wales

Davies, Tal-y-bont Cemetery, Ceredigion, Wales
* Three ancestral places I want to visit

Many cemeteries in the Aberystwyth area of Ceredigion, Wales

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales

Ceredigion Archives
* Three brickwall ancestors I want to research more

Lewis Maurice Davies (1844-1917)

George & Annie Cadman (1880-1930’s)

Clayton Mariners of Aberystwyth (late 1700’s to mid 1800’s)

Annie Cadman


Annie's Needlework

One of my projects this year is to pull together a biography about one of my ancestors. I really want to write something about one of the women in my family and so I’ve chosen to work on my great grandmother on Mum’s side – Annie Cadman.  As a result of some digging around I recently obtained Annie’s death certificate. Poor Annie was only 64 when she died of heart problems.

She married George Henry Cadman in 1893 and they had two sons. Both of the boys saw active service in France during WWI. When Mum and I were chatting recently at a Family History meeting, Mum remembered that she had some needlework packed away that Annie had done. I presume that perhaps this tablecloth and the tea cosy that matches it, were done when Annie & George’s sons came home from the war. The work is lovely and has the words “Welcome Home” on each of the long edges. I’ve been told that the needlework is probably crewel and the outside edges are crochet. If anyone has any other ideas, I’d love to hear from you.

The more I find out about this couple, the more I wish I’d known them, they seem to have been a loyal, hardworking and caring family.

As an aside to this story, Mum said she didn’t know them that well either, but that her Grandad always had sweets when he came to visit.

Funnily enough my fondest memories of their son and my Grandad involve sweets as well. He used to drive a bus for the Crosville. His route from Abersytwyth just happened to come through the village of Talybont and when I stayed with my grandparents he would pick me up there and I’d proudly ride behind him as he drove the bus to Tre’r ddol, a village close by, where we’d head to the sweet shop to fill me up for the ride back. In those days the buses had conductors and the conductor on Grandad’s bus was Aneurin, who taught me many children’s songs along the way. Once grandad was done for the day, I’d sit on the step outside the house watching for his bus to come and wait for him to park it at the local garage and come home. I was only 9 when he died in his early 60′s, and yet the memories of him are still very strong.

Through one of my mailing lists, I discovered this little Welsh gem which I’ll be adding to the website.

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