B__GOOD Letter #13

Issue #13     2 Oct 2013

August and September have seen an increase in the number of joint projects

Projects

A posted query on Ancestry.com resulted in Nancy Sinikin and your Editor working out the ancestry of Laurence Cameron BEDGGOOD b. 1901. In the process additional information was added to this limb of the T003 Tree. (Editor’s Note: Nancy’s surname corrected to Sinikin, 3 Dec 2013)

Nancy has also been busy helping Diana Reynolds trace the ancestry of Gordon Trevor BEDGGOOD born in 1933, Croydon, Surrey, England which was the pre WW2 home of London Airport. He grew up to become an airline pilot and later flying instructor with several flying clubs in England. He retired and died in 2004 in Worthing, Sussex where your Editor grew up. Tree T003.

Helping Laura BEDGOOD search for the ancestors of her husband resulted in a joint effort between Cecile Bedgood and the Editor to fill a gap in the B__GOOD data further increasing the size of the Tree T016 with the addition of families from Emanuel County Georgia. This Tree now extends backwards seven generations to John BEDGOOD born 1730 (app) in Richmond, Virginia, USA who fought in the Revolutionary War with the southern troops.

Jenny Hossack found a Samuel Bidgood in 1808 who was awarded the Naval General Service Medal when a trumpeter aboard HMS Centaur. Now the problem is to decide which of the possible Samuel Bidgoods in T010 this refers to.

Alison Leedham found newly published information was available on Ancestry.com for English Non-Conformist Births.

Scanning Parish Register Burial Records your editor noted six BIDGOOD burials 1890 – 1895 in Penderyn, Brecknockshire, Wales. Able detective work by Nancy Silikin confirmed the information and established that they were all in one unfortunate mining family. Information from the 1881 Census linked this family to Tree T026. Nancy was even able to determine that the tragic deaths were probably the result of the “Russian Flu” which reached England in 1890. Those not killed by the flu were left in weak condition which persisted especially in areas like the Welsh mining valleys where wages were very low so that people had little money left after buying food to pay a doctor even if one was available.
Our B__GOOD names are not very common, so it is even more unusual to find one B__GOOD marrying another. Your Editor has found five examples which have some problems:
Ada Victoria BEDGOOD [1872 – 1874] (T003) married George james BIDGOOD [? – ?] in 1882 Victoria, Australia, his parents unknown. NB Her dates appear suspect.
Frances N. BEDGOOD [1884 – ?] (T030) married Charles BIDGOOD [? – ?] in 1895 probably Georgia, USA. His parents unknown. NB Her dates appear suspect.
Charity BEDGOOD [1875? – ?] (U) married Joe BEDGOOD [1875? – ?] (U) in 1896 Butler, Alabama, USA. No parents known.
Elizabeth BEDGOOD [1855? – ?] (U) married Jasper BEDGOOD [1855? – ?] (U) in 1877 Washington, Georgia, USA
Mattie BEDGOOD [1903 – 1981] married Homer Jones BEDGOOD (T018) in 1920? Pontotoc, Oklahoma, USA. Her parents unknown.

News

Changes to B__GOOD Notes include a new page Names which brings together information on the place names for all the published Trees. The various U Pages have gone since all U(sorted) data is now available on WorldConnect and Tribal Pages. The August update is complete including the published information on Tribal Pages and World Connect.   See B__GOOD Notes Site News for more details.

No new Trees have been published since those that remain only contains smaller groups of families with common ancestry. These hardly rate as Trees, or even Branches, Twigs or Leaves might be a better description.

Jottings

This is the second anniversary of the publication of B__good Notes. The two years have seen changes including those in the present edition. Perhaps the biggest change is that what started off as a blog is now a website.

The main aims of B__good Notes is to help people find and use the information from my One Name Study that is published on Tribal Pages and World Connect. The complete publication has taken two years. It started with individual trees which now total  eighty three and most recently with a large grab bag of material U(nsorted). Word of this has spread resulting in Views  by people in some sixty countries.

A second objective for B__good notes is to supply various tools which will help people use the published data in their family history research. The latest of these is the addition of a new page Places. This brings together place names from the published trees. Having the information on a single page makes it easier to search for a particular locality.

Another aim for the site has been to develop an up-to-date list of contacts for people with an active interest in the various B__ good names. This Supporters list has steadily expanded over the two years so that there are now some 160 entries. The contact information is verified every two months when the list is used to send out B__good Notes.

B__GOOD Notes tries to encourage collaborative research. To date this is mainly taken the form of one of the Supporters and your Editor working together on a project related to the interest of the Supporter. The number of these projects active at any one time has been increasing to the extent that Don is beginning to wonder how many balls he can keep juggled in the air. Ideally he would like to see his role concentrate on the publication of results rather than active research.

A One-Name Study should be as complete and accurate as is possible. By definition the study can never be complete, there will always be new births deaths and marriages to be recorded for living families, and new sources of data will become available, so it must be regarded as an ongoing and unending project.

Accuracy is a major challenge. Errors may be introduced at every level ranging from entering a date or name incorrectly in an official document such as a birth certificate, through transcription errors when days are from say a birth certificate is added to a birth index, and most recently when documents are scanned electronically and the results used to develop computable data files. Inevitably a One-Name Study will contain errors and omissions. It is therefore important that when you access the results for your own research in a particular data area and you come across errors or omissions please share your concerns with the editor so the corrections can be made.

The Posts in B__GOOD Notes record news of recent developments for our names. You can help make this more complete by sending information for new items either as Comment in the Post page, or in an Email to the Editor. Also please help the Editor by telling him if you find time limited items which are past their closing date.

Looking ahead a year, one thing is certain, there will be further changes to B__GOOD Notes.  Some of these are already at the planning stage, but new ideas are always welcome. Please help your Editor in any way you can, just as some of you have done in the past.

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B__GOOD News is a place for posting information about the B__GOOD Notes site and other Family History topics of B__GOOD interest. You are invited to contribute information about your own work and interests by posting a comment below or sending me an Email.

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Don Bidgood – Editor                                      dbidgood@chebucto.ns.ca

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