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Updates log

Note that all links to various pages have been removed - many of them have changed anyway since these updates were posted.

June 2019 - The BBC broadcast an item about preparations for the D-Day landings 75 years ago on their main news broadcasts on Tuesday 4th June, including a short section about tide forecasts which were led by Arthur Doodson.  I’ve included a video of this item for everyone to see.  This sequence is no longer available in BBC iPlayer.  I’ve also added videos broadcast by the BBC many years ago, also about Arthur, from “Local Heroes” (1998) and “Coast” (2012).

New: search the site - a new feature in Sparkle, the software used to create and maintain the site - see at top right of page.

March 2019 - new Blog added to the site!  This is mainly for non-Doodson related genealogy articles or musings.  Take a look - click here.

November 2018 - updated design site-wide, using new Mac software called Sparkle.  Minor edits to many pages to correct long-standing typos!

October 2018 - updated the Genealogy Tips pages to reflect new sources being available and new tips that I've come to find useful in trickier parts of my research.

July 2018 - a new family tree, "Heywood", focusing on a branch of the Doodsons from Bury to move to Heywood and Walmersley by the late 1980s, and linking to one of the USA trees.

July 2018 - More updates relating to Doodsons who served in WW1 - some fascinating photos and newspaper report of the funeral of BSM Albert Doodson in Colne in 1918 and a memorial autograph book entry by Ernest Doodson on discharge in 1919. Changed the graphical theme of the site. Just for a change. If it all looks a bit weird that's because of this redesign.

May 2018 - Howdy y'all! Yes, after several years gestation we've finally added a page about Doodson families in the United States of America! Complete with a PDF showing the various families that have been significant in the USA since the mid-1800s, as well as quite a few that we've not been able to track back to the UK at all. If any Doodson in the USA has more information please contact us!

April 2018 - Yes, we're still here! Update on the destiny of Peter Doodson who was transported to Tasmania in 1843 on the "brief history of Doodsons" page. Moved Australia page so it shows on the menu at left. More updates to the Glossop Tree 2. Added some photos from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to the Doodsons in WW1 page (thanks Lee!). Lots more changes to come as I'm working on Doodsons that went to the United States of America. Watch this space (and if you are a Doodson living in the USA do contact me).

September 2017 - more updates, this time to the Glossop trees. I'm afraid the PDF is rather wide, and I don't think there's anything that can be done to make it easier to read.The fact is that the top tree on that diagram has expanded width-wise as more information has become available. Partly this is the fault of our Victoria ancestors having very large families!!

September 2017 - Lots of revisions to several family trees relating to Doodson families that originated in Liverpool, some of whom ended up in Shropshire (Coalbrookdale, specifically). Following some detailed research using Liverpool parish records as well as the usual formal Civil Registers of births, marriages and deaths, the virtual tree has mushroomed but also absorbed umpteen previously separate smaller trees. Anyway, plenty of changes here, and many more Doodsons recorded!

August 2017 - New Doodson family tree, for Harry Werneth Doodson and his descendants. Many thanks to one of his descendants, Lynne Stephenson, in the USA. Harry was not born a Doodson, but adopted by a John Doodson and his wife Mary, after having been found abandoned on Werneth Railway Station, Oldham, Lancashire. After unsuccessful efforts to trace Harry's real parents he was adopted by John and Mary and baptised Harry Werneth Doodson. The name Werneth (in recognition of where he was found) was passed on as a middle name to many of his descendants, including those who emigrated to the United States of America. As the core of this tree was previously on the one showing unlinked people from the 1911 census in Oldham, that tree has also been changed.

May 2017 - lots of changes to two trees - Devon and Cornwall (specifically the "Ernest Doodson goes to Cornwall" tree) and the various Doodsons in Australia tree. Many thanks to Doug Doodson in Australia and Lyn Foster in England who, thanks to their information and getting a copy of a marriage certificate, now have discovered that they are 2nd cousins that they never knew about! Yes, one of the trees in Australia has been definitively linked to the "Ernest Doodson goes to Cornwall" tree! And as a consequence there are lots of changes to these tree documents.

March 2017 - Yes we're still here! Just a quiet period during which various very minor changes were made but no new material was added. Now: a combination of two previously separate trees (Bolton 1911 and Ashton 1911) to create new Owd Bummy tree. Many thanks to Liz Henry in San Francisco for help with this and more information about various members of the tree!

July 2016 - minor changes to Australia trees, additional photos of gravestones from Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney, Australia, minor update to explanation of Peter Doodson's transportation to Tasmania in 1843.

June 2016 - restructuring of the site to simplify the menus and remove out of date pages/text. Minor changes to main Australia family tree.

May 2016 - Various changes to the Pilkington tree - added some missing birth, marriages and death dates. More photos added to the Photos and pictures pages - two coloured versions of original black and white photos. The first on the Photos 2 page is of Emily Doodson (b.1869) who married Joseph Moulsdale - in this photo she's shown at a Women's Institute meeting. She was head of this branch of the WI, and flower show judge. (The original photo was from Nathan Head, Emily's great-great-grandson, and recently very nicely colorised by Paul Doodson). The second photo is on the Photos 1 page, and is a replacement of a black and white photo of my aunt Noreen Doodson as a child with her mother Annie. Inspired by Paul's amazing recolourisation efforts I had a go myself at this one.

March 2016 - Increased the size of the text on most pages to make them easier to read on larger monitors. Added a new  Photos and pictures page and moved photos and pictures pages so they were all together and easier to find. Added some great photos to an additional Photo album page called " … more Photos " All these Doodsons are on the Thelwall, Lydiate and Denton tree.  Many thanks to Paul Doodson for these, and for photos of two watches made by Doodsons on the  Memorabilia page.  Various minor updates to the  Thelwall, Lydiate and Denton tree . After a few days of misbehaviour in early March, the web site is now back up and running…  We're still here! 

January 2016 - Substantial updates to the  Australia family trees , mostly on the descendants of Robert and Ann, but also to the miscellaneous other Doodsons, many of whom have now been traced to other family trees.  The  Pilkington tree has also been updated to reflect a confirmed link to Doodsons in Australia.  Again, many thanks to Lee Hoinville in NSW, Australia, for being a dedicated hunter of evidence down under, even visiting graves of departed Doodsons in Sydney.  We're still trying to track down the diary of Robert Doodson who was a key immigrant to Australia in 1840.  If anyone has it can they contact us via the link at lower left. Updates to the format of the  Photo Album to add comments on a couple of the items. New mini-photo album for  gravestones in Australia.


December 2015 - New Memorabilia page Lots more photos of Doodsons added to the  Photo album 

November 2015 - Photo album - photos of various Doodsons.  Tidied up the structure of the pages and resources on the site. While the site itself is fully updated, this might mean that some links to pages and resources from elsewhere (e.g. from Google or any browser Favourites anyone might have set) might not work any more. Sorry for this, but the site needed a good tidy-up!

October 2015 - Lots, and lots of edits to the main  Australia family tree (descendants of Robert and Ann) , with many thanks to Lee Hoinville in Dondingalong, near Kempsey, NSW, Australia, who is descended from Charlotte Isabelle (b.1906).  Also a  new set of family trees and untracked Doodsons in Australia - this captures many other Doodsons in Australia, some of whom have been tied to other Doodson family trees from the UK, others are either from the UK (but not yet tied to other trees) or have no apparent links to any other Doodson.  More work to do here, I think.

June 2015 - Added further information about Frederick Doodson and his brothers who served in the Great War. Minor updates to the Australia family tree Slight redesign and restructuring of the site, correcting some out of date links.

November 2014 - Updated details on the Glossop family tree - thanks to Spencer Doodson for more information

March 2014 - New page about Doodsons serving in the Great War.

January 2014 - Lots of updates this month - lots of people contacted us with new clues and evidence.  Minor update to the Thelwall, Lydiate and Denton tree, following firm evidence that John (b.1799) is definitely the son of Peter and Mary and information about some key gravestones in Appleton. Thanks to Paul Doodson.   

Significant update to Devon and Cornwall tree featuring Albert Doodson - new evidence allowed the Prestwich tree from the unmatched trees from 1911 census to be moved here. Thanks to Michele Cavannah.     Update to Clifton tree, with more information about Leonard (b.1891) and other descendants of Peter Doodson and Martha (neé Fish). Thanks to Alan Wallwork.  

Significant update to the Pilkington tree: one of the unlinked trees from the 1911 census (featuring Albert Doodson b.1880) now incorporated. Thanks to Tracey Strellis and her sisters. Sadly this makes the Pilkington tree very large indeed.  Updates to Reuben tree after finding details of Thomas (b.1835) marriage in 1861 in Glasgow.  Updated the list of people who have contacted us about the site - lots of very welcome contacts in January 2014! It's always great to hear from fellow Doodsons or people who have connections to the family name. Drop us a line! (see link at left

November 2013 - Minor updates to the Coalbrookdale and Thelwall family trees, with additional information from Fleur England and Bob Doodson respectively. Thanks Fleur and Bob!

September 2013 - Minor updates to the details of a couple of the people on the 1911 census that I couldn't trace before 1911. Rose and George Doodson emigrated to Australia in 1913. Thanks to Andrew Pinder who contacted me about these two people and encouraged me to do a bit more digging.

July 2013 - Who is the mystery "A. Doodson" artist? A plea! A while ago we posted some pictures of paintings done by someone who signed them "A. Doodson" (see this page). We've been contacted by someone else who has a painting that looks like it's by the same artist. Can anyone shed any light on who this mysterious "A. Doodson" might have been? Two of the paintings were of views the Lake District - maybe the artist lived there, or maybe they just liked taking their holidays there. Anyway, if anyone knows who the artist really was, please let us know - use the "Click here to e-mail us" link at the left. Here are small versions of all three pictures - slightly bigger versions on the "Unknown Artist" page.

April 2013 - New information received explaining how Doodson Avenue in Australia got its name - see Australia page. Various edits to Australia page to make order more sensible for people trying to find ancestors "down under". Added new "Doodson places" page. Minor updates to the Toxteth Park tree (thanks to Bruce McCormack for additional information)

December 2012 - Minor updates to Grappenhall tree (thanks to Eddie Doodson for the additional information)

July 2012 - Minor updates to Grappenhall and Glossop trees

March 2012 - New family trees - research into Doodsons in Australia - see new page. Minor updates to Thelwall, Lydiate and Denton tree from details in the will of Elizabeth Doodson (d.1907). Minor updates to Egerton tree.

February 2012 - Added more information about the descendants of Percy Doodson (b1898) and Ellen Thompson on the Thelwall, Lydiate and Denton tree.

November 2011 - Tidying up of the structure of the site and file names. Sadly this has changed lots of the original links within the sites, so you may have to go via the menu on the left to find what you want rather than using previously saved links. Sorry about this.

August 2011 - Lots of minor changes to most of the family trees, capturing more information from the 1911 England and Wales census.  New trees for all other Doodsons listed in the 1911 census - ensuring every Doodson from that census is listed on this site! New Updates Log page - earlier updates now listed separately.

July 2011 - Lots of added information on the Pilkington family tree. New page about Peter Doodson, the designer of the familiar and ubiquitous CD 'jewel box' case.

June 2011 - New family trees: Doodsons in Devon and Cornwall, Clifton and Swinton, and Reuben Doodson. If you're a Doodson and were born or married in Devon or Cornwall, chances are you're related to the Devon and Cornwall trees. The largest tree on that focuses on Ernest Doodson, who married a Cornish girl in 1906, when he was serving in the Royal Navy. Updates to Coalbrookdale and Handforth family trees

May 2011 - Many relatively small changes and additions to most of the family trees, reflecting previously missing information about migrations of Doodsons to the USA and Canada and more detail about baptisms and marriages. Quite a lot of interesting material gleaned from new records on FindMyPast from new Manchester records (registers from schools, workhouses and prisons), from Cheshire parish records and the Ellis Island immigration records (some of which was tallied back to FindMyPast passenger lists). I also tried to link all other Doodsons listed in the 1841 census who weren't already on a family tree on the site - not very successfully...

May 2011 - New family tree linked by the first name Egerton. If you've got an ancestor called Doodson with a first or middle name Egerton, chances are you're related to this lot! Updates to Kearsley and Australia family tree. Various changes to the explanation of the family trees, including explanation of why I've used Descendent rather than Pedigree charts.

April 2011 - Massive updates to Glossop family tree.  Update to Genealogy tips with how to use Births, Deaths and Marriages records to trace people in the 20th century

Update to Handforth family tree. Massive revision of the Grappenhall family tree, complete with explanatory essay. Trees now show new branches in Barrow and Denton

March 2011 - Lots of new information added to several family trees following new research using 1911 census and Updates to "Pilkington", "Liverpool" and what was called the "Shropshire" tree (now separated out as Coalbrookdale branch).

February 2011 - Added page showing paintings by an unidentified "A. Doodson". Let us know if you know who painted them!

January 2011 - Significant additions to the "Liverpool and Shropshire" tree [now the Liverpool and Coalbrookdale trees - see above], following information received from Catherine Spratt.