Mail problem solved

Last night I sent a message to recent correspondents to say that there were problems with mail at my address, and gave alternative addresses to use.

It seems that Durham University’s servers went down over the weekend, but no mail seems to have been lost, just delayed.

So this is to let you know my e-mail addresses, in order of preference (to keep in your address book):


Mail sent to (1) is forwarded to (4), but it is better to keep the address at (1) in your address book, because the address at (4) could change if I change ISPs, but Durham University has been around longer than Yahoo, Google or Telkom, so address (1) is less likely to change.

Thanks for your patience with the delays.


King, Mocine and Blum families

Andy and Linda Blum recently visited the King family in Texas, and Andy sent us these photos.

Here are Jennifer and Jean King, and Jean’s mother Katharine Mocine, and Andy Blum.

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And Katharine Mocine with Linda and Andy Blum.

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Andy, Jean and Jennifer are descended from Edward Lister Green and Emily Ogilvie, who were married in Grahamstown, Cape Colony, in 1854, and subsequently settled in New Zealand.

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E-mail problems

There seem to be problems with the mail server at Durham University, and e-mail sent to my address at does not seem to be getting through.

If you have sent mail to me recently and have not had a reply, please resend to one of my alternative e-mail addresses:


I have been unable to contact the Durham University servers at or, but I don’t think they will be down permanently, but in the meantime please send copies of important mail to one or other of the alternative addresses.

For updates see blogs at:

Perhaps this blog is not such a good idea after all

After adding a couple of entries, I tried a search for names, and it didn’t seem to work. Maybe the Search feature only works for publicly indexed blogs, which would be a pity. The idea of a family blog would be that it is for members of the family to look at and comment on, rather for publicising to the world at large, but if that means one can’t index it for surnames, it would be tedious to plough all the way through looking.

Comments, anyone?


Jenny Marsh wrote about trying to contact Juanita Miller, a descendant of Walter William McLean Thwaites by one of his other wives. Juanita had written to say there were two more wives that we hadn’t known about, but we’ve lost contact with her.

Green -> Nation -> Lewis

Andy Blum wrote that he was still trying to get information from bis brother and cousins, and had had a very good visit with Katherine Mocine, her daughter Jean King and grand daughter Jennifer, and sent some photos.

Had also written to cousin Nancy — must ask about Nancy (Lewis) and her sister. Our information is that she marrige George Kee, but we have no information about children. Also her sister Linda, who married Thomas Whyte.

Why a family history journal?

A few years ago I read a book by Charley Kempthorne:

Kempthorne, Charley. 1996. For all time: a complete guide to
writing your family history. Portsmouth, NH:
Dewey: 929.1
ISBN: 0-86709-381-1

One of his suggestions was to keep a family history research journal, so I started to do so, following his suggestions below. At first I kept it in an MS Word document, and then later as an askSam document, but it seemed it might be more useful if I kept it as a blog, where other family members could see it, and comment and contribute.

Of course not everyone is related to every branch of our family, except us and our children, so not everything will be of interest to everyone. But you can easily search the blog for surnames of interest, and add to the fund of family history knowledge through anecdotes, in comments.

Please use the comments feature!

At the end of each entry in the blog you will see a line on the bottom tghat says “Comments”. There are actually two places where you can comment — choose either, click on it, and add to the fund of family stories and anecdotes we can share!

Anyway, this is how I began, with suggestions from Kempthorne’s book. You might like to start a similar blog yourself.

Start a page with the heading “Journal” and write down today’s date… As you read and come to one of the writing suggestions like the one below, do your writing in this journal (Kempthorne 1996:5).

Family stories

Make a list of family stories you’d like to see written up. Don’t list the things you feel are important and ought to be written up so much as the things you’d like to write up, even if they seem mundane and ordinary (Kempthorne 1996:5-6).
1. Ella Hayes driving her uncle’s car and crashing into tree.
2. Keith Greene travelling to Maputo
3. Keith Greene “shit in Italy”
4. Ella Hayes going to St Barnabas Hospital
5. Dorothy Greene “you gotta da bigga appetite”
6. Bridget going to Groenvlei at 3 weeks old