New Dishwasher

The new dishwasher arrived yesterday, unfortunately with a 3/4 inch waste pipe as opposed the the 1 inch pipe of the last one.

We had to be a bit inventive to connect it up to the trap under the sink, but it managed a full load of dishes last night without soaking the kitchen floor.

Now I just need to find a 4 1/2 inch trap adaptor with a 3/4 inch connection for the dishwasher to install it properly – B & Q could only supply a 3 1/2 inch length which makes it a bit difficult to connect everythin without filling the cupboard under the sink with water. 😀

Richard & Sarah Cross

More from my mum’s branch of the tree, this time her maternal grandmother’s parents – Richard Cross and Sarah Burgess.

We’ve just received their wedding certificate, which shows they were married at the Parish Church in Great Budworth on 31st December 1861.

Their parents are recorded as James Cross (Wheelwright) and Thomas Burgess (Labourer) so they’re the next people to track down…

Thomas & Ellen Wood

Thus far my mum’s branch of the family tree has proven a little more straightforward to investigate than my dad’s – noone strayed to far from the Runcorn area as yet.

We’ve just received the marriage certificate for Thomas & Ellen Wood – the parents of my mum’s paternal grandfather (William Wood).

It shows they were married in Widnes in 1875 and gives their father’s names as Thomas Wood and Thomas Knowles respectively – we need to find birth certificates now in order to find out their mother’s names.

Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Liverpool

Liverpool couldn’t capitalise on the points Everton’s dropped against Birmingham this lunchtime, so fourth place looks to be beyond them now.

The lads will need to pick themselves up for the Champions League Semi Final on Wednesday, but it’s looking very much like UEFA Cup football next season.

Maggie Holmes

Although we can find no sign of her on the 1891 or 1901 census, family history suggests that Maggie outlived her son John who died in 1906.

I’ve been searching for a death certificate and have found one in the index for 1908 – a Margaret Holmes aged 81 (consistent with the 1871 census) registered in the Prescot district.

We’ll probably have to send for this certificate to be sure – but it does beg the question where is she on the census?

Susanah Bamber

Looks like the Sarah Jane Smith we found is not our Sarah Jane Smith – even though her father has the right name.

We’ve managed to track them down on the 1881 census, as well as our Robert and Sarah Jane Smith – interestingly our Sarah Jane Smith seems to have lost a couple of years on the 1901 census and her place of birth has changed from Cavan in Ireland to St Helens.

It would be much easier if everyone stopped telling porkies on the census. 😀

Anyway taking a different tack has thrown up another lead – the International Genealogical Index at is a partial index to vital records from around the world including some from Ireland.

A search has thrown up a Susan Smith born on 21 Jul 1872 in Cavan in Ireland to a Robert Smith and Serah Johnston.

We’ll see of we can send for that Birth Certificate, but at least it gives us a concrete lead in the search for the Irish branch of our family tree.

Porstmouth 1 – 2 Liverpool

Liverpool have kept themselves in the race for 4th place after first half goals from Fernando Morientes and Luis Garcia gave them a crucial 2-1 victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Everton’s win over Man Utd keeps them in pole position, but there’ll be more twists and turns before the end of the season.