Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
In 2010-2018 Iserved in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Website's Family Database Has Been Updated
It now has over 23,000 people. Check it out at

New 2011 Version of the Buchanan Family Tree Book Now Available
During the past week I created a 2011 version of the book. It can be downloaded from the Buchanan and Watson page of my website.

Installing Laminate Flooring
Two weeks ago we replaced the last carpeting on the main floor of our house. This was in the master bedroom, which doesn't get a lot of traffic. We hope that the laminate will help Judy's athsma, as it doesn't trap dust as the carpeting does. Here is photo of me, as the job draws to a close. The 12" chop saw I borrowed from Andrew really simplified cutting the laminate and the new baseboards.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sometimes a single document can change the order of things!
My Goldring line in Rogate, Sussex, England seemed well documented. The birth of Elizabeth was in the Rogate parish register, showing her father was John Goldring.

Date Name Father Mother Surname
10/06/1690 Elizabeth John Not given GOLDRING

Likewise her marriage to my ancestor, William Walder/Waller is in the Rogate marriage register.
Rogate Marriages
Groom WALDER William
Bride GOLDRING Elizabeth

The baptismal register shows four children of William Walder over the next few years, including my ancestor William, Who married Elizabeth Mills.

No other birth or marriage of an Elizabeth Goldring is shown in the Rogate parish registers during the appropriate time period, so it seemed very straight-forward.

Then this week I received an email message:
"One important fact is that daughter Elizabeth married Richard Cobb in Haslemere, Surrey. Many trees I have seen have that quite wrong!"

Later my correspondent sent me the Will of John Goldring, which includes "Seventhly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Cobb the sum of fifty pounds to be paid within six months of my decease."

I looked for the marriage of Elizabeth Goldring and Richard Cobb, and I found it on
England Marriages, 1538–1973

Groom's Name: Rich. Cob
Bride's Name: Eliza Gooldring
Marriage Date: 18 Dec 1722
Marriage Place: Haslemere,Surrey,England
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M01348-1
System Origin: England-ODM Source Film Number: 599894

My Elizabeth Goldring was married to William Walder and they were having children in Rogate parish at this time. Hmm ... obviously we have two different Elizabeth Goldrings. When and where was MY Elizabeth Goldring born, and who are her parents? I cannot find her in any of the currently digitized records, but the search will continue. I believe she was born near Rogate, otherwise it is unlikely that she would have been married in Rogate parish.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

A Visit to Mom and Auntie Vi
Yesterday Judy and I visited Mom and her sister. They were in good spirits. They always enjoy a visit. Using my laptop I was able to show them all of the recent family photos, which they enjoyed.

On December 6 and 8 at 7 PM at 14325-53 Ave, in Edmonton we have scheduled a lesson on Genealogy on the Mac. A friend who has MacFamilyTree has agreed to teach the lesson on one (possibly both) of the nights. This is last of the series of lessons at Edmonton Riverbend Family History Center until after Christmas. If you use a Mac for genealogy, I invite you to come.

FamilySearch Support
I have chosen to answer the phones from 8 AM - 5 PM on Mondays and Fridays (MST). So if you call for help during that time period there is a chance that I might be the person answering the phone. I am answering 15-20 calls on most days. It keeps me on my toes.