I am way behind on these, but was busy with some non genealogical things, like making presents for a very special person in my life.
Left Side: Top: Front of Crocheted pillow cover, Middle: Back of pillow cover, Bottom Lapghan. Right Side: Cross Stitch Mother’s Day Gift.
Now it’s time to play catch up:
Week #3 of #52Ancestors52Weeks:
The third week of this challenge is: “This week is “Longevity.” One of the suggestions for this challenge was “You could explore the person that took you the longest to find”. I’m going with that one.
Charles Scott Burge (1844-1916) & May (Pringle) Burge (1840-1903)
Couples Need to be Done Together
I have found that it’s easier to find the person you are looking for if you look for their spouse as well, or someone that they are related to. This works because, while one record under one name may not yet have been transcribed, the other might have been. These (my 3rd Great Grandparents) I did together.
My cousin has been the family Genealogist for at least four decades, (might have been closer to five). When I first started working almost full time on our family tree, she’d had only their names, and information that she had gleaned off of a couple of US Census Records. That’s a really long time to be looking for where someone (or some people) have come from.
Then along I came. A fresh set of eyes, only using the internet to do my research. It took me almost a year, but with the help of some Facebook Groups where I connected with some awesome people, pieces of the puzzle started falling into place.
First Clue of Where to Look: 1880 US Census.
According to the 1880 US Census, Charles was born in England and May was born in Scotland. Fortunately one of the groups I joined on Facebook had very helpful Genealogists across “The Pond” that were able to help me find the records I needed to find (online). They were NOT free, but they weren’t tremendously expensive either. The big thing was the US Dollar to English (UK) £. The £ is a higher value than the US Dollar, so while something might cost $10 here is the same amount of money, at the time (I don’t know how often this changes), £10 pounds was actually around $13 USD. I figured out really quick that I needed to be frugal in which records I chose to look at, and in some cases it was necessary to look at wrong records, if only to prove they were not the person I was looking for (as in the case of May’s father).
First We Started With Find My Past, (Not a Free Site).
I did a temporary subscription, just long enough to find what I was looking for and to get back out. Genealogy on a “I don’t have the money for this budget, but I’m going to do this one time”, if you really focus, can be done. (This one you can pay for in US dollars, but you have to upgrade to get records from England).
I Found Charles!!!!
I found him when he was 17, as a Hairdresser in St Bride, Middlesex! Woo Hoo! Then I couldn’t find anything for a couple of months, so I switched to May.
I Found May!!!!
According to the 1880 US Census, she was born in Scotland. So with the recommendation of the Pringle Association of America off I went to the Scotland’s People website. We knew that she was a Pringle from a marriage record that my cousin had seen (but didn’t have a copy of at the time), so it was a matter of finding the right one. She jotted down some quick notes and we knew from what she saw that her father’s name was David Pringle, her mother May Morrison. So I looked for them, found their marriage record, Census information and thereby found May.
To Make A Long Story Short (pun intended)
I was able to trace our Burge Line back to his mother and her mother. He has no father listed and as was the custom of poorer English families, he is listed as his grandmother’s visitor, so that line has gone back as far as it can. Our Pringle Line is now back as far as May’s father, because the records get sketchy from there (at least the last time I checked). And the Morrison Line is a story for another time.