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FINICKY about FINNEY Family Research II

From: Finneylk@aol.com  
DearMYRTLE , 
Hope this is what you want?

JOHN DEREK FINNEY, [SELF ] D .O .B .- 6-12-1959 in YORK, YORKSHIRE.

FATHER- BERTIE FINNEY, D .O .B . - 25 - 4 - 1934 in LEEDS , YORKSHIRE.
DIED IN BEVERLEY , HUMBERSIDE , 15 -3 - 1986
HE MARRIED SHEILA RICHARDSON D O B ....25 -4 - 1938 on 23 -3 - 1956 in WHELDRAKE , YORK.

GRANDFATHER...ARTHUR FINNEY..D O B ..23 - 7 - 1910.. in LEEDS, SOUTH / E DIED 6 -4 - 1977 
HE MARRIED LILY YEARBY D O B ...14 -3 - 1909 in WORTLEY, LEEDS, YORKSHIRE. [ MARRIED 1929 ] 
DIED .3/5/1992 YORK, YORKSHIRE .

ARTHUR & LILY HAD 4 CHILDREN : JEAN , BERTIE , ARTHUR , DEREK ..IN THAT ORDER .

GREAT - GRAND FATHER....WALTER FINNEY BORN 1887, MARRIED DAISY FINNEY [POSSIBLE COUSINS] AT .St AIDEN, LEEDS, YORKSHIRE IN 1908. DAISY WAS BORN IN 1891 at HUNSLET , LEEDS ,YORKSHIRE 

DearJOHN,
GREAT JOB! You already know a lot about several generations on your family tree. Just a few pointers, which will help you down the road. You'll want to make your email queries as EASY TO READ as possible, hon, if you want people to respond. (Hon is a southern US term of endearment, which is meant to denote friendship. I tend to use it when I want to be gentle when suggesting alternatives to my readers.)

  1. Its much easier for people to read your email if you post it in upper and lower case letters. Use ALL CAPS only for SURNAMES. Otherwise, all caps is considered "yelling".

  2. I know you are striving for accuracy on the dates, etc. but IF we are to communicate with other researchers on the net, consider that not all use the method of "dd-mm-yyy" as you do in England. For instance 3-4-1950 could be April 2, 1950 or March 4, 1950, depending on where in the world someone is taking the notes. To make it easier genealogists spit the numbers by writing: 2 April 1950 or 4 March 1950. You want your communications to be CLEAR, so type it in that last format.

  3. Its also essential that you type with only one space between words, otherwise this will throw off all your online search engine results (you won't get much!) 

  4. Please type out the full location from smallest to largest jurisdiction. People outside of most parts of England don't know about Beverley, Humberside, ???, England. You want to give the most detailed locations in the hopes that someone will recognize one of your ancestors as someone on their family tree. Its from such "cousin connections" that I've made some of my best research break-throughs. It will also help us, if we are looking in an online catalog to perhaps order microfilm from a specific parish. For that, again, we'll need to have the places where your ancestors once lived clearly typed out.

Note my changes as a suggestion:

John Derek FINNEY, [Self ] born 6 Dec 1959 in York, Yorkshire, England

My father was Bertie FINNEY, born 25 April 1934 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England; died 15 March 1986 in Beverley, Humberside, ???, England.

My mother was Sheila RICHARDSON, born 25 April 1938. They married 23 March 1956 in Wheldrake, Yorkshire, England.

My father's father was Arthur FINNEY, born 23 July 1910 in Leeds, South / E ????????????; died 6 April 1977 in ?????.

My father's mother was Lily YEARBY, born 14 March 1909 in ortley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England; died 3 May 1992 in York, Yorkshire, England. They married in 1929. Arthur & Lily had four children: Jean, Bertie, Arthur, Derek, in that order. 

My father's grandfather was Walter FINNEY Born 1887

My father's grandmother was Daisy [_________] [possible cousins], born 1891 in Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. They married in 1908 at St. Aiden, Leeds, Yorkshire, England. 

NOTE: I've placed the [_________] after your great-grandmother's first name, because we don't yet know her maiden name.

NOTE: We do not know the sex for Jean and Bertie, since they can be either male or female names, fortunately genealogy software reminds us to make the appropriate designation.

OK, YOUR ASSIGNMENT, should you choose to accept it is to take all of this into, and put type it carefully into a genealogy software program so you won't have to type all of this over and over again. This will also want to make it EASY for you to import reliable databases from the web, or from a new-found cousin who has already done a lot of the typing for you. My suggestion to start out would be to use:

  • PAF Personal Ancestral File - www.familysearch.org (Click download free software, and follow the screen prompts)

Several other programs will take your genealogy data from PAF, and compare it with data on various web sites semi-automatically for you. There are minimal costs associated with these programs, but let's wait a while before you get one.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy

 

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