I was struggling to read a surname on my grandmother’s (Lily Entwistle, nee Pope) birth certificate. It was the maiden name of her mother. Probably family members already knew it but I needed it pretty swiftly so turned to the web. I know twitter has it’s skeptics, but it’s been invaluable for me. It’s helped me with research, meet people at conferences, given me new contracts, and helped me recruit people for work I’ve been managing (for starters).
So, as a shot in the dark I posted a picture of the writing I was struggling with - above. Within two minutes two people gave me the same interpretation, which enabled me to Google that name along with some other details I already knew, and hey presto! Up came some local parish records from St Bartholomew’s church in Great Harwood.
So Lily’s mother; my Great Grandmother; was Ellen Jane Curtis. Not only that, the records gave her, and her husband’s addresses and occupation at the time of their marriage, and the names, addresses and occupations of both of their fathers. So I’m delighted with that breakthrough.
Here’s the information I found, for your interest:
Marriage: 23 Dec 1899 St Bartholomew, Great Harwood, Lancashire, England
William Thomas Pope - 19 Labourer Bachelor of 5 Grange St Clayton le Moors
Ellen Jane Curtis - 19 Winder Spinster of 13 Cross Gate
Groom’s Father: Peter Pope, Labourer
Bride’s Father: Joseph Curtis, Drawer in
Witness: William Curtis; Elizabeth Wilkinson
Register: Marriages 1897 - 1900, Page 68, Entry 136
The information, and much more of this sort, was found on Lancashire Online Parish Records. What an amazing website it is.