I arrived in Salt Lake City late Sunday afternoon, but too exhausted to do anything. Today I have spent some very productive research time in the Family History Library. I did some work towards going one generation further back on my husband’s side. I had looked at baptisms from FreeREG and found that William Joicey (note the spelling – there are so many variants on Joyce I can’t believe it: some of them are here), his 6xg-grandfather, was baptised in Netherwitton on 5 Dec 1728 and his father was William. The problem was trying to identify William senior’s father, as there were three potential Williams in the parish. The first was baptised in 1700, son of Henry. The second in 1703, also a son of Henry. The third was baptised in 1705, the son of Nicholas. Many web sites on Ancestry and online said that the William we were interested in was born c1700. A couple of sites actually said he was the son of Henry. But now that I have looked at the parish registers and found the burials I know that William son of Henry (the first of that name born to Henry) was buried in 1701. So that narrows it down to two candidate fathers - Henry and Nicholas. Now I need to find another way to work out which one is “mine”.
Apart from my research I spent lots of time meeting new people and talking to them. I even got included in the tail end of a “Dear Myrtle” hangout on air in the morning.
Dear Myrtle during her hangout on Google+
Some of the Patrons of the Family History Library