John Holmes

Looks like the John William Holmes we discovered recently is probably not our John Holmes after all.

After a length trawl through the 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses (or should that be censi) on the excellent Ancestry.co.uk we discovered this particular John Holmes had an elder sister Ann, but apparently no elder brother James.

That would make it difficult for them to be sharing a house on the 1901 census – so either we don’t believe the 1901 census or there’s another John and James Holmes out there waiting to be discovered.

Liverpool 2 – 2 Spurs

A good game, but disappointing result hands the advantage firmly Everton and Bolton in the race for 4th place.

The midweek matches will be crucial – with Bolton home to Southampton on Tuesday, Everton hosting Man Utd and Liverpool at Portsmouth on Wednesday.

John William Holmes

We know my dad’s maternal grandfather, John Holmes, was killed in a mining accident at Sherburn Hill colliery near Durham in 1906, but beyond that he’s proven a little difficult to track down.

He was a Sergeant in the South Lancashire regiment around the turn of the century, but the only Sergeant Holmes we can find is listed in the army records is a Sergeant W. Holmes.

On the 1901 Census he’s shown as living in St Helens, but born in Rock Ferry on the Wirral. Now although we couldn’t find an exact match in the register of births we did find a John William Holmes of the right age born in Wallasey – which is close enough to Rock Ferry and could also explain this listing as W. Holmes in the army records.

The Birth Certificate arrived today and shows the father’s name as William Holmes, which we know to be the name of the father of our John Holmes, so looks like we may have the right one!

His mother is listed as Ellen Homes (formerly Houldsworth) so we now need to try and find a Marriage Certificate for her and William, and a Birth Certificate for John’s older brother James to hopefully confirm we have the right family.

Juventus v Liverpool

It’s the return leg of the Champions League Quarter Final tomorrow night, and everyone’s hoping that we’ll be talking about the football come Thursday morning.

Steve Gerrard is out with a groin injury picked up at the weekend, but Xabi Alonso and Djibril Cisse could both figure after returning from a broken ankle and leg respectively.

Get Firefox

I’ve added a link to the sidebar so you can download Firefox and escape from the nightmare that is Internet Explorer.

Over 44 million downloads already – there’s also counter on the sidebar that keeps track of the number of downloads from the Firefox website.

If you haven’t tried it you should, and once you have it’s unlikely you’ll go back…