Sunday, 31 July 2011

Well obviously

I have just had a break through today with my personal tree - which also helps the One Name Study - and it is so obvious that I had overlooked it.

I have just found my grandfather in telephone directories going back to 1947 - they follow through to his death missing only a few years and showing 3 addresses.  I was not aware of the earliest address so this is new information.  I think because I knew him and where he lived I hadn't thought to look at these records but I am really glad that I finally did.

There are plenty of other Caddies in the phone books so the next thing to do is to work through them putting dates and addresses against them.  What I have found so far is that children quite often set up their own homes with telephone numbers in the same area before (sometimes) moving on to new horizons.  This might help ties up a few families with entries that I have.

Another interesting point (for me) is that in the early 1950's there was a company listed 'Caddie's Crisps Ltd - 112 Hornsey Rd, London' - I am going to have to find out more about this company - who ran it, how long for etc etc.  I haven't ventured into the world of company ownership previously so this will be a learning experience.

So lots more work to do on the ONS.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Starting again

I have to admit that the burglers taking not only my computer but also my HDD back up has been more than a little bit of a problem.  Which is why May was a bit of a write off for family history and one name studies.

Still onwards and upwards - I am now in the middle of a course about with Pharos Tutuors.  Instead of just diving in and not really finding much I have found about all the other areas which I hadn't looked at previously including the many videos they have to help.  I am particularly taken with their book search.

Coming back to the One Name Study - a search of shows that they have 603 exact matches to Caddie as a surname - with 6 in the Probate and Court collection, 2 in Other, 3 in Military, 8 in Migration and Naturalisation, 180 in Census and Lists, finally 404 in Births, Marriages and Deaths.

The other is an Ethel Caddie in England, Cheshire School Records 1796-1950 with her mother Annie.

The Migration and Naturalisation threw up some nationalities that haven't appeared in my research previously - Italian and French.

Hope your research is going well - off to analyse the BMD records now.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Genes Reunited

Thanks to all of those who have replied to me via Genes Reunited.  I got around to doing a surname summary on Genes Reunited and saw that there were 399 matches for Caddie.  A quick look through and I could see that there was a lot of detail that I had been unaware of prior to this, in particular Caddies in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

I have sent a large number of emails to all those who had trees and a wonderful few got straight back to me with details or shared their trees.  The fantastic news is that a lot of the ones in New Zealand appear to link up and I have a whole family in South Africa.

I find that the Hot Matches on Genes Reunited just give me 'matches' to someone with the same name but born half way round the world from my relative.  The surname search for One Namers has been so much more productive.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Continuing research

I have just been reading about a discussion on the Guild of One Name Studies regarding ownership of research.

Having done a lot of hard work on your family tree or one name study what will become of it when you are no longer able to continue?  Do you have family / friends / colleagues who are ready and willing to take it on; if so you are probably one of the lucky few.  Perhaps you are planning on donating it to some form of library so that others can have access but this leads to further questions like do they want it, in the form it is currently in, does anyone know that you have arranged for it to go and who to contact.  What about email accounts and social media - does anyone know how to get access.

A little bit of planning how might make everything a lot easier - if your chosen deposit needs everything index perhaps creating that index should go on your To Do list.  Perhaps those you have been in contact with could be asked to help so that there is a natural successor.

Or perhaps you are comfortable that this is an enjoyable past time and it doesn't need to pass on to anyone.

No right or wrong but I have put quite a bit of effort into it so I am now investigating how to run my studies so that others can pass them on in a fairly reasonable format.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Scotlands People

Scotland's People now has the 1911 census online which is so close but just so far for me.  My grandparents were born just after this so it will be another 10 years before they appear on a census.

So the results are 15 entries in total for (in no particular order): John, Mary, Maggie, James, Agnes, Agnes, Alexander, George, Peter, Jeannie, Harriet, Elizabeth, Elizabeth, Ann and Andrew.  These consisted of 3 families which account for 11, a servant, a boarder, own means and a scholar/patient.

The results have been plugged into my database which is growing and two of the families are my direct relatives so into the family tree program.  All in all not a bad afternoons work.

Sunday, 6 March 2011


Working full time is definitely the biggest impediment to progress. I recently met someone who said he did 6 hours a day on his study even when he worked full time. He did say that it had put a strain on his family life.

Could / would you do this? It is dedicated but I think it is a bit weird to research your family history or one name whilst alienating your own living breathing relatives. Just an opinion but genealogy is a bit of an addiction so I can see how it would happen.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Surname origins

A second part of the study is working out where the Caddie surname comes from and this is one area that I have definitely struggled with.

I can find very few, if any references to Caddie on the surname websites - too rare.  have the following:

'Recorded as Cadde, Cade, Caddie, Caddy, Caddies and others, this unusual name has a number of possible sources, each with its own distinctive history and derivation'.  It then went on to say it could be Anglo-Saxon for an Olde English personal name Cada meaning 'lump' and possibly applied to stout, plump people.  The second option was Old French / early medieval as an occupational name for a cooper, from cade meaning cask or barrel.  The third option was Middle English from Cade meaning a domestic animal.

This sounded to me that they were taking a bit of a guess and throwing anything into the descriptor that may in someway possible be Caddie'ish, particularly as it said it could be linked to Cadbury.

Moving on to a descriptor from Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary by Henry Harrison in 1912.  This said that it was a messenger or porter - Scottish Cadie, French Cadet - a younger brother; ultimately from the Latin Caput - head.

My personal view is that many versions seem to come back to the concept of 'fetching / carrying'; so if you think of a golf caddie as well as a the French cadet you have a 'gofer' - does this make it an occupational name?  I am not sure but I don't think many others have any more of an idea.
Perhaps as my record study goes further back this will shed some light on it - otherwise not too sure where to look next.

Records so far

As the point of a one name study is to collect all the records for the surname that is where I started - so far I have all the 1841-1911 census returns for UK, mainly from Find My Past.

I also have a lot of records from Scotlands People but am working through what I have and where the gaps are.

Following a seminar on Friday at Who Do You Thnk You Are I have found some records in New Zealand so need to get them transferred in.

I have about 500 different links to sites which need to be checked for records and that will probably be the immediate focus of the study.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Who Do You Think You Are?

Wdytya is on this weekend in London - I am going, if you are why not stop by the Guild of One Name Studies and the Pharos stands?


The journey will also be on my twitter feed @CaddieKin - will work out how to link it all up in the coming days and months.

Opening gambit


This is a blog detailing my journey to build my one name study on the surname Caddie.  I have a long way to go and lots to learn but have just completed a course with Pharos Tutuors so I now have a plan - which starts with this blog.