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First Update of 2015
2 March 2015 - 9:30:13pm

Again I only managed one update last year, so I must try harder this year. I have tried to keep up with new entries on Ancestry, and have also concentrated on the census entries, searching for all those strange spellings and even stranger transcriptions! Fortunately several other people have been there before me, and have entered what Ancestry calls "alternate" spellings. This exercise has allowed me to find quite a few families that had eluded me before.
I am not going to give a lot of statistics, because I am now starting on my next challenge, a DNA study - watch this space!
First Update of 2014
7 January 2014 - 6:16:35pm

How embarrassing, my first update of 2013 was also my last! Hopefully I will do better in 2014, but now that I have a polytunnel on my allotment, the winter weather does not stop me gardening, so less time for family history.

2013 was not a year of great progress, slow and steady describes it better. I have added a number of new Australian Cheesley and Cheasley people, using Electoral Roll information from 1903 to 1980 from Ancestry.co,uk, but have not been able to link many of them, as I do not have a world membership, so cannot look up their addresses! Alas, no great breakthroughs, but ancestry has recently improved its automatic search function, and produces a lot of hints related to the out-of date tree I uploaded to them some time ago. When I have worked through the hints they generate now, I will load an updated tree to see what new hints that generates!

The results of the last 12 months of work can be seen in the table below, where Total Trees counts trees of one or more persons, whereas the next line excludes single unlinked people. There are 60 more people in the database, and most of them have joined an existing tree. Since some duplicates have also been removed the number of new people will be more like 80.
The next lines indicate the numbers of related people in each of the 8 largest trees.

--------------------------December----February-------December ----January---January
--------------------------2010-----------2011------------2011---------2013---------2014
Total Individuals------7500-----------7668------------8136----------8150--------8210
Total Trees ------------1838----------1896-------------2066---------1989---------2010
Trees over 1 person--1131----------1147-------------1246---------1209---------1206
Charsley ‎‎‎(Bucks)‎‎‎-------912------------913-------------933------------962-----------969
Charsley ‎‎‎(Middx)‎‎‎-------603------------603-------------624------------634-----------645
Cheesley ‎‎‎(Surrey)‎‎‎------366------------366-------------366------------370-----------375
Cheesley ‎‎‎(Wilts)‎‎‎--------202------------168-------------168------------271-----------273
Cheasley ‎‎‎(Middx)‎‎‎-------217------------217-------------273------------302-----------302
Cheesley ‎‎‎(Wilts 2)‎‎‎------161------------144-------------144------------186-----------186
Cheasley ‎‎‎(Middx 2)‎‎‎-----135------------112-------------118------------117-----------117
Cheasley ‎‎‎(N London)‎‎‎------------------------------------111------------112-----------112

The 8 largest trees include all those with more than 100 individuals, and only the first 4 have grown during the year. Last year I said that the next 10 trees had between 30 and 82 people in them, and this is still the case. They are all Cheasley or Cheesley, but there are 2 unlinked Charsley trees ‎‎‎(30 and 29 members)‎‎‎ and both are in South Africa! I continue looking for information to link more trees, and so help would be greatly appreciated.

If any of you find anything that might help, please let me know!
Phil Charsley
7 January 2014
First Update of 2013
26 January 2013 - 5:35:05pm

January has been a month of some progress on Family History, as the weather has not tempted me out much. I have made some significant progress on people and events in Australia with the help of a couple of correspondents, one of whom introduced me to the free website www.trove.nla.gov.au. This has a fantastic collection of scanned newspapers, and good search tools. I have searched for Charsley, Cheesley and Cheasley, and found lots of interesting stories to add to my database. This then lead me on to look at scanned newspapers for UK, via a page on Wikipedia. Sadly, most of them are pay to view, except for The London Gazette. This, however, was very useful, with lots about armed forces, bankrupts and wills. Once again I have found lots for Charsley, Cheesley and Cheasley, and added it to my database.

The results of the last 13 months of work can be seen in the table below, where Total Trees counts trees of one or more persons, whereas the next line excludes single unlinked people. The next lines indicate the numbers of related people in each of the 8 largest trees.

--------------------------April-----December----February-------December ----January
--------------------------2010------2010-----------2011------------2011---------2013
Total Individuals------7702------7500----------7668------------8136----------8150
Total Trees -----------1908------1838----------1896-------------2066---------1989
Trees over 1 person-1156------1131-----------1147------------1246---------1209
Charsley ‎‎(Bucks)‎‎------913--------912------------913-------------933-----------962
Charsley ‎‎(Middx)‎‎------606--------603------------603-------------624-----------634
Cheesley ‎‎(Surrey)‎‎-----366--------366------------366-------------366-----------370
Cheesley ‎‎(Wilts)‎‎-------168--------202------------168-------------168-----------271
Cheasley ‎‎(Middx)‎‎------217--------217------------217-------------273----------302
Cheesley ‎‎(Wilts 2)‎‎-----144--------161------------144-------------144----------186
Cheasley ‎‎(Middx 2)‎‎---112---------135-----------112-------------118-----------117
Cheasley ‎‎(N London)‎‎------------------------------------------------111----------112

The 8 largest trees include all those with more than 100 individuals, and they have almost all grown a bit during the year, which explains why the total number of trees has fallen. The next 10 trees with between 30 and 82 people in them, I have not been so lucky with. They are all Cheasley or Cheesley, but there are 2 unlinked Charsley trees ‎‎(30 and 29 members)‎‎ and both are in South Africa! I will continue trying to link more trees, and so am always on the lookout for new historical sources.

If any of you find anything that might help, please let me know!
Phil Charsley
26 January 2013
Christmas Update
23 December 2012 - 2:38:48pm

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all www.charsley.org users. My final update for 2012 went up today. I have caught up with all of the 1911 Census records, and also a lot of electoral roll information. There have been various other updates over the last 6 months, but I cannot remember them all, so have a look to see if anything has changed where you are interested.
It is that time of year when we catch up with family members, so see if you can extract any reminiscences that could be useful to flesh out the site. It is time that we added potted histories for our parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles. If you can contribute a couple of paragraphs, I would be happy to add it to the site. If you have old photos, and can identify the people on them please scan and send to me, as I think it is time we included these.
I am not sure how much I will be adding to the site in the immediate future, as I have decided to flesh out my own tree, adding my mother’s family and my paternal grandmother’s family. This latter is not too difficult, as the Jefferies name is not too common. However, my mother was a Cox, and her mother a Chapman, and these are not easy families to trace.
I wish you all a health and prosperous 2013, and hope to hear from you during the year!
Frequently Asked Questions ‎(FAQ)‎
9 April 2012 - 11:10:17am

Under the \"Help\" button there is an entry called FAQ. If you select it you will now find some questions and answers to help new users to find their family tree. If you have ever had problems using the site, please contact me with a suggested question, so that Nick and I can work out an answer, and add it to the FAQ list.

Phil
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Chaseley, Anne Anne31 March 1704311Baptism 
Chaseley, John John31 March 1793222Burial 
Cheasley, Ann Ann31 March 1816199Baptism 
Cheasley, Harriet Harriet31 March 1822193Baptism 
Cheasley, Lily Eva Lily Eva31 March 1878137Baptism 
Didsbury, John
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