Well, at long last I have got the page on Civil Engineers into a suitable state for publishing. There is probably still a lot more that could be included about their works particularly regarding the development of Sunderland Harbour, but for now at least I will quit while I’m ahead and move on to another topic.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before there is more to see on the site
Well it’s been a while since I posted on here. Its not that I have not been doing anything related – just not getting round to posting about it. Much of it is “behind the scenes” stuff, trying to make sense of some of what I already have.
This has been particularly true of the page about Sunderland and the civil engineers who worked on the development of the harbour.
Then of course I lead myself down little side alleys that, though interesting, don’t actually move us very much forward.
This is true of some marriages I found in Sunderland from Boyds Index. the first is Hannah Shout to George Wilkinson in 1779, then Elizabeth Shout married Thomas Watson in 1782 and lastly Lanyell (or Lanial or Lionel) Shout married Mary Shepherd (or Shipherd) in 1811.
If anyone has information relating to any of them please get in touch!
I have been adding bits and pieces, for example I’ve made a start on the story of Robert Shout Douglas. There are quite a few newspaper items to include still. I am particularly interested in how a ropemaker in Sunderland married a squires daughter in Felton Northumberland.
When I was reading the latest edition of the Cleveland FHS Journal, I was reminded of recent correspondence with Barbara Shout. There was an item that Barbara and her husband Mike had donated a collection of old photos etc from the Cowton branch of the family, to Durham University. Hopefully one day I will get up there to see what treasures it holds! I am also corresponding with a “cousin” in North America on the subject of the Quaker families and those who travelled to the US and Canada.
As a change from the straight forward compilation of details of families “up north”, I have started trying to pull together some form of family “reconstruction” for Devon and Cornwall. At present everyone looks totally disconnected but I will keep on trying… There is further confusion because the name STROUT appears to be confused with SHOUT in some of the FreeBMD entries. STROUTs in FamilySearch have some of the same names in the same parishes but with other children or spouse. I feel a trip to KEW is going to be the only way to dig into this dilemma!
Hope you find something of interest in my site – please get in touch-
I can’t believe where the year is going!!
Progress continues to be the addition of snippets for various pages. Most recently are those for South Shields and Stockton. I have also put a bit more on the Australia page regarding the migration of the family of Charles Lutwyche Shout to Perth W.A.
I recently emailed all the people on my mailing list soliciting any input they might be able to add. As I have mentioned previously – it is all welcome
Well “The Plan” is coming together with mind maps for the overall site as well as individual maps for the separate pages. Mind maps are a good way of visualising what needs to be done and showing the degree of completion – but the downside is of course it is very obvious when progress is less than you would like!
I am currently trying to delve into the backgrounds of the “other” Shouts in London – the ancestors and descendants of Alfred William. They seem to make a habit of avoiding census nights in the early days but I will find them …
I am also trying to do some family reconstruction on the Devon and Cornwall branches. The note about spelling variants that I have just added to the home page suggest that I might need to widen the net a bit in Family Search, although I was hoping not to get dragged into the variants too much at this stage.
Will just have to see what comes out
Still beavering away adding snippets to various pages. In time I will firm up on the detail of some of the people mentioned but for now I just try to add as many interesting characters as I can, to populate the pages with something.
I am working my way through the various branches of the family with as many twigs as I can but “the plan” is still pending!
I have put some details of the Lincolnshire branch but there is still more to come, as well as the family of John Shout the ship owner of Portsmouth and London
Three weeks after going “live” there is still far more to be done than has already been achieved! I scatter bits and pieces on various pages just to try to populate most with at least something. Now I need to develop “The Plan” of what will be included in weeks to come. I will need to search through my boxes of “stuff” to get details and background information. I think my winter is going to be busy…
There are lots of interesting people to include, no real rogues or skeletons in the closet, but some people who achieved quite a lot in their lives and others who just survived – but they are all family and I will tell as much of their story as I can.
I am developing this web site for my One Name Study of the Shout name under the auspices of the Guild of One Name Studies and hope that any one who shares the name anywhere in their family tree will be able to join in with adding information, or even just find it interesting to follow how and where the families developed.
I look forward to hearing from any “cousins” who find the site
Come back soon and often – you never know what might be here…