Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RN #238 Table of Contents

It would certainly be difficult for any reader to grasp the content of the notebook entitled "The Ancient Origin of The Surname Jones 300 AD - 1485 AD" [RN #238]  Yeah right, what's this fellow talking about?

I thought it might be helpful to list the table of contents of this notebook.  In this way, one can judge the content and the concept involved in researching a surname like JONES.  Here is a copy.

 What a deal!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

RN #238 The Ancient Origin of The Surname Jones 300 AD - 1485 AD

This notebook contains some of my earliest writings on the JONES surname.  From 1989 to 1994 a series of articles were published in The Jones Genealogist [my first family newsletter ] which put together the research completed during the prior 40 years.

This collection begins around 300 AD telling the story from early Celtic origins.  Individual reprints are placed in sequence and organized in some type of chronological order.  Just the beginning it is.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

RN #237 Work Sheets - Materials

This notebook contains the original drafts of my drawings, charts, tables, figures, etc...which I have used to understand certain aspects of my JONES surname tree climbing.  They may be charts, tracings, maps, tables, and the like that have been put together during certain research activities.  They also contain copies of items that have provide documentation of certain aspects of the JONES surname.  They also may be tables and charts such as "The Linguistic Geography of Wales", "Indo-European Languages", conversion tables for weights and measures, and a whole bunch of other stuff that has seemed important during the years of tree climbing.

An example is the drawing of the area in Wales where my JONES family had its early days.

This gives some idea of the charts, maps, and drawings which have helped me along the way.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

RN #236 Historic Notes : A Chronology

Accumulating notes and records of family leaves and branches will leave a great deal of information. [ This is especially true after 53 years of tree climbing.]  This notebook contains many of these notes, drawings, figures, copies of documents, family trees, etc., etc... but placed in a chronological order so that they might serve a purpose.  The purpose is to provide a reference for the research produced, but in an order that follows my family tree. 

The notebook is chronologically arranged from 440 AD to 1700 AD.  The family leaves are placed within this context alphabetically, with A [Gadforch = JA-1] to Q [Richard Jones = JQ-95].  Family trees are given for many associated family groups as they became involved in my tree climbing experience.  Needless to say, the notebook is a large one, and requires strong arms to lift from the shelf.  An example is shown below of the " de Pyvelsdon" [Puleston] family beginning around 1150 AD.

 The leaf of my family tree was Jeuaf (JH-1) [Ieva(n), Ieva)] who was alive 1146 AD.  Thus, the context of the major family connectors would surround this leaf.  Notes from various sources and historic documents are included.  [Mostly from "Calendar of Patent Rolls".]

Monday, April 1, 2013

RN #235 Family Tree Documentation

This notebook contains the documentation of my family tree.  It contains the references to the documents that record and verify the family branches.  It begins with Manogan (Jx-1) generation 1, and ends with me...generation 54! (JAD-1)  The sources for the references are given in order from The Mabinogion to Virginia county court records.  It gives the major source for each generation in the family tree.  Documentation, documentation, and documentation is the foundation of genealogy.