This blog is about one such email - from Gilly a couple of months ago. She wrote about Henry HALSTEAD (1814-1869) and gave the details of his parents William and Sarah of Burnley. Now there is always a dread when people talk of the HALSTEAD's of Burnley simply because there are so many and they all have the same names! But when this email surfaced again last week I was determined to look into it and try and resolve the family.
Henry was already online but what of his parents. Using the Lancashire Online Parish Clerk website I was able to ascertain the details of Henry's siblings and that enabled me to finally identify that William and Sarah were in fact in the database. In fact they were the progenitors of Chart 12. Using the Lancashire OPC site I was able to identify Henry's other brothers and sister and link them to the main tree. So now instead of William and Sarah having three children they now have eight. So now we have
Henry (1814-1869) - married Martha GREENWOOD (1818-1884)
Elizabeth (1817-?) married William MITCHELL (is new to the database but the clues were already there if you look close enough) in 1851 her brother Benjamin and sister Margaret were living with her and William MITCHELL in Glossop, Derbyshire. Mind Benjamin was listed as an Apprentice and Margaret as Margaret SCHOFIELD, a visitor!John (1820-1893) - married Mary MORGAN
William (1824-?) (is new to database) there are too many Williams born about that time to be certain as to what happened to him
Margaret (1827-?) (is new to database) married James SCHOFIELD
James (1830-1867) - married Betty LAW
Benjamin (1832-1878) - married Frances HOLT
Robert (1835-1869) never married
The original chart 12 had 40+ people on it - this has now increased to 100+
So if you have written and I haven't replied - give me a nudge. The request might have gone the way of the junk mail filter (not my fault), been missed or simply waiting for a reply
All will be included in the next website update.