B__GOOD Letter #17


Stan ANNISS has supplied new information about his mother Eileen Mary BIDGOOD (1917 – ) and brother Terence Gordon ANNISS (1943 – ) (T020)

Elizabeth LEWIS has found marital connections between her GULLY families and the Kenton BIDGOOD line (T001). Her researches also suggest that Elizabeth BIDGOOD (1801? – 1828?) is a daughter of Nicholas BIDGOOD (1768 – 1854) and Elizabeth WEST (1788? – 1836). (T001)

From Australia Michael DUNCANSON has supplied well documented data for his HOUSE line which links to Tree T012 through the marriage of Elizabeth BIDGOOD (1804 – 1878) and Thomas James HOUSE (1800 – 1878). With their children they immigrated to Australia in 1862.

An Email from Tony BIDGOOD seeking information on his ancestry was answered with information that his line is part of Tree T021. At present this Tree goes back as far as James Bidgood (1765? – ) who married Nancy ?, some of their children were born in Uffculme, Devon, England. This area is the ancestral home of many Bidgood lines suggesting that it might be possible to link T021 to one of the other Trees.

An obituary for John Robert Cecil BIDGOOD (1935 – 2014) has provided new information for his children. The Ontario, Canada line in Tree T001.

Thomas BIDGOOD (1858 – 1925) and his musical family continue to be the subject of Colin Ward’s research activities. His findings include that Thomas and his half brother William John were both members of the Masonic Order, and that Warwick John BIDGOOD (1914 – 1984?) a talented musician playing saxophone, xylophone and accordion was the son of Thomas BIDGOOD and Rosetta Ann CASSELDEN (1871 – 1940). Tree T027

Ken CRESSWELL in New Zealand is seeking more information about his BIDGOOD ancestors in Plymouth, Devon. In particular which of the several William BIDGOODs who died between 1798 and 1804 is his line. His starting point is Elizabeth BIDGOOD (1777? – 1816) and Thomas CRESSWELL (1781 – 1798). Elizabeth is a daughter of William BIDGOOD (1746? – 1798?) and Jane YEOLAND who married 13 Aug 1775 in Plymouth, Devon. Tree U. Can anyone help?

A chance find of my maternal grandfather’s name Thomas Edward WILLIAMS on an old photograph prompted Graham PORTER to contact me. We are now united in that we are second cousins once removed with a common link in our Ggrandfather Thomas WILLIAMS (1817 – 1888). Tree T002. Data has been shared and is now published. Researching the WILLIAMS of Manchester is difficult since the surname is a common one in that area and in Wales, and forenames were duplicated in different families, so that I had long postponed the work.

Help Wanted

Lorna HENDERSON in New Zealand is looking for help in contacting descendents of Abraham BIDGOOD (1807 – 1881) or his wife Joan Smith DAWE (1808 – 1862) both from the Tavistock area of Devon, England. Tree T020. Tribal Pages . On the BIDGOOD side there are known descendents in England, USA, and Canada. See her Post – “Descendants Wanted” for more information.


Marilyn HAMILL suggested that Charlie BEDGOOD and Charles Ainsworth BEDGOOD/BIDGOOD (1870 – 1946) were the same person. This resulted in a major review of the data and the merging of the contents of Tree T041 into T072. With the help of Marilyn and Elizabeth LEWIS new data has been added to T072. One challenge has been that the root person Lorenzo Dow BEDGOOD (1820? – 1892) is shown in the records with surname BEDGOOD or BEDGO, while his children are first shown as BEDGOOD, but subsequently used BIDGOOD.

For the present Tree T041 is no longer in use.

Lois BEDGGOOD reported that Ada Victoria BEDGGOOD (1872 – 1874) (Tree T003) was very unlikely to be the wife of George James BIDGOOD (1853 – ). George James is now correctly married to Elizabeth JAMES in Q2 1892, Tiverton, 5b 756 (Tree T042)

Abraham BIDGOOD (1807 – 1881) and his descendants are now part of Tree T020.

Editor’s Notes

This quarterly update has taken several weeks. This was due to an extensive review of the data for all the pages of B__GOOD Notes. In particular the way data for the Places and Marriages pages are compiled has been improved and the whole process shortened. One important result is that both sets of pages have significantly more data on them. So anyone who in the past searched in either Places or Marriages and did not find the results they expected should repeat their search.

Both the Places and the Marriage data lists have thousands of names. It is impractical for your editor to individually check each entry. To help keep the data is accurate as possible for other users please let me know by e-mail if you encounter any errors or omissions.

The last three months has seen a move from using WIN XP to Windows 7 Home Edition on my second computer. As I become more and more familiar with the working of the new system I am increasingly impressed. It has many built in facilities and runs with impressive freedom from hangups. More importantly Microsoft offers updating which is now no longer available for WIN XP. Without these updates WIN XP may become more susceptible to hacker penetration.

My especial thanks to Elizabeth Lewis who introduced me to a new use for Dropbox sending me some 90 screen images of information about Lorenzo Dow BEDGOOD ranging from pictures of tomb stones to family data sheets. Dropbox displays them in the form of an index sheet comprising small images arranged in orderly lines and columns. A click on any of these images brings up the appropriate file on full screen. This is a great improvement on accessing individual image files attached to an e-mail. Dropbox is essentially a hard drive in the Clouds. Files can be uploaded and downloaded quickly and securely. It can serve as a backup to the internal hard drive on a computer and as way of moving data from one computer to another across the desk, the house or the world. Dropbox is free, unless you have a very large amount of data to store.

DNA studies are beginning to form an important tool for genealogical work. The older Y-DNA technique uses sample material from direct male descendants of the line to be studied to investigate the probability of kinship with people of the same surname. Now there is a newer Autosomal technique using a different suite of genes from either male or female descendants to determine the geographic area from which their ancestors came. Location accuracy depends on the number of different genes analyzed. If the sample is small the location area may be so large as to make the results almost meaningless. Tests using a greater number of genes may help to overcome this problem but are significantly more expensive.

See Lorna Henderson’s Post – “Descendants wanted” for further information about autosomal testing” and her request for help in locating living persons.

Elizabeth Lewis has submitted her own sample for Autosomal testing but after many weeks has yet to receive the results from Genebase.

The next edition of B__GOOD Notes is scheduled for early in December 2014.


B__GOOD Letter is a place for posting site information about B__GOOD Notes 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.


Don – Editor                                      dbidgood@chebucto.ns.ca


One Response to B__GOOD Letter #17

  1. LornaHen says:

    Thank you for including my request for atDNA candidates, Don.
    I note that one of your members has tested with Genebase.
    For the general information of your members, genetic genealogists recommend testing with one of the three main players in the dna testing for genealogy world:
    23andme, FamilyTreeDNA, and ancestry.
    All test autosomal dna (all family lines back to say 4-6 generations with reasonable success at finding relations, but many get “sticky dna” matches much further back), only FamilyTreeDNA does yDNA (father’s father’s father’s direct paternal line) and mtDNA (mother’s mother’s mother’s direct maternal line) .
    The three main players have large databases, which is what you need to find relations and thus confirm your papertrails and map your chromosomes to the particular ancestor who passed that segment down the generations to you.
    Which of the big 3 is best depends to a certain extent on where you are.
    Ancestry doesn’t ship to outside the USA, 23andme adds a $70 US courier cost (return) to addresses outside the US.
    Both of these restrictions can be overcome by using a freight forwarder or a friend in the States.
    FamilyTreeDNA ships anywhere for about $9 US.
    Whichever you test at it is recommended that you also upload your raw data results to GEDMatch.com a free (registration required, donations accepted site) where you can compare your results with others who tested at the other companies and tweak the matching parameters to see if there are matches that you can detect that the company you tested with missed because of their higher criteria (used to eliminate false matches/hope).
    All three companies have their strengths and weaknesses.
    Ancestry’s strength is their associated trees BUT they simply do not give you the information necessary to confirm where/how you match, just that they think you do and you have to trust them – the match may NOT be the papertrail match shown in your respective trees.
    FamilyTreeDNA has purely genealogy based clients (and does not test markers that can be used for health related information, with some small exceptions they warn you about in the full mitochondiral test) and your chances of responses to queries about your match are more likely to be answered than at 23andme which began with health related testing, now suspended, so they too now offer only genealogy test results.

    Still curious, try the pages on the ISOGG wiki for some general introductory reading:

    In particular read the top 6 pages at
    (the CeCe Moore ones are short)

    If you want a good introduction to atDNA, try this instructive and humorous video,

    (the last few minutes are just noise, as you can’t hear the questions/answers)
    Hope this may help anyone thinking of venturing into this fascinating world

Enter your post here.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s