A Kiwi in search of her Irish, English & Scottish tribes

Month: September 2011

West Yorkshire research trip Part 2

Holy Trinity Church, Rothwell, Yorkshire, August 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Rothwell, Yorkshire, August 2011

Rothwell’s parish church was built around 1130AD, though it’s thought to be the third such building on the site.  It was in this church that my great grandmother, Elsie Nunns, was baptised on December 27th, 1896, exactly one month after she was born.  Many of her family were baptised and married in the church, and buried in the churchyard.

The main ‘front’ of the church that faces Church Street and centre of Rothwell is well kept, but around the back, many of the gravestones are covered over with weeds and surrounded by stinging nettles.  I didn’t know if any of my ancestors had gravestones here, so it was really a case of having a look around and seeing what we could find.   (There is currently a project underway to map all the gravestones in the graveyard.)  We managed to find a couple of Nunns and a Hirst, but I’ll need to do a little more investigation to see if they’re family or not. The graveyard is huge, and many of the stones are illegible, if not unaccessible.  You can see further exterior photos in a previous post.

The church appeared closed, but my son had noticed someone entering by a back door, so we wandered up and knocked.  A young curate opened the door and allowed us to have a look around inside, warning that there was a funeral commencing in 40 minutes.  The interior was beautiful, and my hurried photos could not do it justice.

Holy Trinity, Rothwell - interior, August 2011

Holy Trinity, Rothwell – interior, August 2011

I was excited to see the baptismal font, imagining my Elsie being baptised there. (You may be able to glimpse it in this rubbish photo!)

Holy Trinity, Rothwell - baptismal font, August 2011

Holy Trinity, Rothwell – baptismal font, August 2011

You might like to read West Yorkshire research trip Part 1.

Now, where was I?

Finally managing to catch my breath after the summer break and getting my four-year-old daughter settled into school.  But not for long, as I seem to have a pile of genealogy tasks that need to be sorted ASAP!

First up is getting back to regular blogging again, especially finishing writing about my research trip over the summer.

Next is to complete my grandfather’s biography for my IHGS assignment and submit it.  (This possibly should be top priority… it’s been a year since I signed up for the course, and I am only up to Lecture 2.  Erk.)

I also have several outstanding emails to send to recently discovered cousins, some of whom found me through this blog, and one I found just by a random google at 2am one night. I love making connections with distant family members!

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been slowly working my way through tidying up my family binders – so far I’ve input into my genealogy program (Reunion) all the certificates and census information on my paternal side.  And I’ve made a start on my maternal side, though there’s a lot more census data there.  I’ve also left any New Zealand Electoral Roll data for now, and will do that family by family.  And then there’s all the stuff that I’ve collected digitally that needs to be sorted.  *sigh*

Of course, there’s the matter of a little rugby contest down in New Zealand that’s proving to be a mite distracting.

All Blacks

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