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Family Tree Academy

Read on to find out the answers to last issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges. Our Academy tutor David Annal explains all


Discover The answers to last issue’s challenges HOW DID YOU DO?

Your case study challenge

The answer

Reader Diane Watson had one slippery character that she was having trouble nailing down: her 3x great-grandfather, known in her family as Aaron Marine, who she was told was born in Cadiz, Spain. Diane would like further information on this branch of her tree, and wrote: ‘I hope you can help me because with all the different name changes, and with Aaron being the only non-British member in my family tree, I’m flummoxed on where to try next.’ Compare your findings with David Annal’s:

1 Concentrate on the forenames This is a fascinating example of how ‘volatile’ our ancestors’ surnames can be and how we need to adopt a flexible approach to searching for them, concentrating instead on their forenames.

2 Glean the marriage certificate for clues The story starts with the marriage of Juan/John Marin to Agnes Crichton. They were married on 16 April 1860, at 1 Sugarhouse Lane, Greenock. The certificate gives the following details about Juan:

• Name: Juan Marin, signed

• Age: 21

• Residence: Sailor’s Home, Dock Breast, Greenock

• Rank or profession etc: Seaman, Bachelor

• Father: Orato [?] Marin, Seaman (decd)

• Mother: Andrea Marin, maiden name Gulicre And for Agnes:

• Name: Agnes Crichton, her x mark

• Age: 17

•Residence: No 4 Bearhope St, Greenock

• Rank or profession etc: Spinster

• Father: William Crichton, Carpenter (decd)

• Mother: Jane Crichton, maiden name Savage This may be enough to enable a search to be carried out for Juan’s origins in Spain; this is not an area that I have any experience in.

3 Note the various surnames Juan/John and Agnes had three children born in Greenock; Agnes (1862), John (1864) and William (1865). John’s occupation in 1864 and 1865 is given respectively as ‘Spanish Interpreter’ and ‘Interpreter of Languages’.

Agnes and William both died young, Agnes in 1865 (her death is registered under the name Murray) and William in 1873. William’s death certificate gives us the first major clue that the search is not going to be a straightforward one. William’s parents are described as: ‘John Marine, Seaman (Merchant Service) Decd and Agnes Davidson, previously Marine, maiden surname Crichton. The informant at the death is Chris Davidson, step father.’

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