Reading and responding to entries in this blog

Comments on postings

In the three months since I started this blog, very few people have used the Comments feature to comment on anything I have posted here, though some have responded by private e-mail. That is rather sad, because it means that others in the family can’t see what you have written. There are actually two places where you can comment — just click where it says “Comments” at the bottom of each post.

In addition, if you look at the side bar on the right, there is also a Forum and a Guestbook. The forum option is suitable for continuing discussions on research into a particular family member, such as the mystery of Alfred John Dawson Francis and his several wives.

Of course if you want to discuss something very private, that you don’t want anyone else to read, it is best to use e-mail, but much of what we are discussing here is about people who are long dead, and so it should not be a problem.


I’ve been checking the Search facility, and find that the Search this blog one doesn’t work too well. If you want to search for something like “Alfred Dawson Francis”, enter it in the search space at the top of the page and click on Search all blogs. That seems to work better.

Telling others

If you know anyone else in the family who might be interested in a particular post in this blog, click on the little envelope icon at the bottom — a window will open in which you can enter their e-mail address, and a note on what they might find interesting.


Growdon/Growden family page, and other web updates

Growden page

I’ve updated the Growdon/Growden family page, so if you have Growden ancestors or relatives, please have a look.

My tribes

I’ve also found a replacement for my Yahoo 360 pages, which were closed in May. For a while I tried MySpace as a substitute, but it was clunky and hard to use. I’ve found something better than both of them at, where I invite you to join me. If you go there, you can see and link to the latest updates from this blog. I found it quicker, easier to use and more useful than either Yahoo 360 or MySpace.

I’ve put some of these links down the column on the right of this blog, where I hope they will be easy to find.


Some people seem to have been having difficulty in commenting on posts here.

When I’ve posted something on a branch of the family, I sometimes send an e-mail announcement to members of that branch of the family who I think might be interested. Some have replied by e-mail, which means that no one else can see it.

If you want to comment on an article here, please click on the “COMMENTS” at the bottom to add a comment, or to see what comments others have made. There are actually two places where you can do this, but the better one to use is the one that says “0 COMMENTS” (or 1, or 2). If it says “0 comments” and you add a comment there, the next person who comes along will see that it says “1 COMMENT”, and so on.

If there are more than 10 comments, it might be better to move the discussion to the Bravenet Forum, which you can see in the sidebar on the right. Just make sure you give it a clear and meaningful subject line, especially with the surname of the branch of the family, so that others can find it easily.

If you have comments or questions on this business of commenting, please click on “COMMENTS” below, and ask away or have your say!

Andrew’s Amusing Anecdotes: The Family Cottam

Looks like another Cottam family

Andrew’s Amusing Anecdotes: The Family Cottam

I wonder if there is any connection. Ours was from Lancaster, and I seem to recollect seeing a place near Lancaster with a name similar to a place in Country Durham — was it Sunderland? I’ll have to check.

Our main family history page

Just another reminder that our main family history page has moved to If you visit it, please don’t forget to sign the Guestbook!

At the old site it was linked to a family tree, but we have not managed to to that on the new site yet, but I hope to get a new one done soon.

And please leave a comment here if you have anything to add to the family news and research news we put here. What you write may help to jog someone else’s memory!

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Visit our family web pages

This blog contains mostly new family information as we find it, and so you might wonder where it fits together.

You can check our main family web pages by clicking on the image below.

Not everything is there yet, but you will find links to more family information, and places where you can see the family tree.

Growden in Canada

I know that at least one branch of our Growden/Growdon family went to Canada, and wonder if the Rick Growden mentioned in this article is a member of this family:

A wasted two years for Durham? – Jun 1, 2006

The Growden who went to Canada was James Growden (1837-?), son of Thomas and Sidwell Growden who was born in Bodmin, Cornwall, and married Harriet Baldwin of Ontario about 1860. They had eight children.

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Green, Borwick, Evans – double link?

Ione Evans of New Zealand wrote in an e-mail recently to say that there mighbe be two links between her husvand’s family (Evans, from the Falkland Islands) to the Green side. Ione is descended from Henry Green, and the new link may be to a descendant of Henry’s younger brother Edward Lister Green,

I was looking for a Hawkes Bay Green connection to write to in hopes of a picture of Edward Lister Green-when the name Palairet shouted to me! Dentons cousins daughter married a Palairet last year so I asked Brenda what Andrews parents christian names are. Yes Louisa and John Richard and they live in Hawkes Bay, and Lousas maiden name was Nation so it all fits. Am ringing them tonight.

So we await the next development with great interest.

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