When I set up the forum on the old website, I had to employ a multitude of defenses to prevent the site being flooded with spam messages, and unwanted contributions advertising all manner of unsavoury items and sites.
I am pleased to see that the blog on this new site framework (WordPress) has been actively capturing the spam and undesirable blog comments straight out of the box.
Some fifty comments have been intercepted, and quarantined, and so far the blog pages are remaining clean and tidy. Thereare further options to make the site more secure, widgets or add ons that can be incorporated, but at the moment these are proving unnecessary. (There is always a penalty in using these as they can slow the overall delivery of content from the site)
However, so far so good, and fingers crossed the maintenance free nature of the wordpress site continues.
There can be few more useful records for sorting out the traces of a family, than a will.
Family trees get a little difficult to untangle when there are multiple uses of the same name. For example, in Kirdford in 1642, there were 12 Henry Strudwicke’s.
The parish records provide clues of family structure, invaluable when dealing with families who lived back in the 16th and 17th centuries, but often in these early registers there may only be a father mentioned on a birth record, and matching husbands and wives with fathers and children can be almost impossible.
A will can quickly fill in those details, and often provide other relations, property details, or occupations that bring life to otherwise repetitive records.
There are many wills that I have transcribed on this site, and each one tells a story of a family and a life.
Its well worth taking a look!