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PAGE 6A. OUR HALL OF FRIENDSHIP

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The Friendship Programme

"We, the present, hold the spirit of the past in trust for the aspirations of the future."

The Extended Craxford Family Genealogy Magazine has now been on line for nearly twelve years. In that time it has developed and expanded far beyond its original concept. Many people have helped, and continue to help, the project flourish in many different ways. We feel the time is right for us to recognise these, our friends, by presenting them with this token of friendship and gratitude. The awards are of two types. The first is for those friends who have developed a long-term and ongoing association with us or have made an indispensible contribution to one of our major research projects; the second is to acknowledge a single significant event of recognition or aid to our work. Our awards will be announced twice a year at Christmas time and at the end of March.

The decision to make an award is in the purview of my associate editors and me. It cannot be applied for and is not available to family members. We do not expect anything from our friend in return. Display is not a priority and a link back to our site is not required. Lasting friendships evolve with bonds so strong that it often seems as though we have 'really known' each other forever. Our friends are listed below alphabetically with links, where available, to their own web sites. Do please pay them a visit.

The photograph (sepia-ised) is one which appears on the web site taken nearly 30 years ago showing my father (who died in 2001) and me with my infant son (who graduated from Med school seven year ago!!). - Alan D Craxford

BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2017

Very Special Family Friends

Very Special Friendship award

Very Special Family Friend award

In this category we are honoured and delighted to recognise friends who have travelled with us on our journey; giving unstinting help and support whenever it has been needed, offering impartial advice and bolstering our sense of purpose and direction. You are the oil which keeps our engine running.

Malcolm Peet, Mick Britton, Carolyn Smith, Finedon Local History Society, Finedon, Northamptonshire, England
Citation: As we follow in the footsteps of those generations gone by, we find ourselves in places both near and far which are unfamiliar to us. The untangling of the tragic story of the short life of Edward Nutt was one such episode, leading as it did from the Claypole family's long term home in Great Easton, Leicestershire over the border to Finedon in Northamptonshire. Our journey of discovery of this village, steeped in the manufacture of boots and shoes, was immensely facilitated by your knowledge of the people, streets and historical references. We have now added a small group of volumes to our library. The first saga has appeared in the pages of our website and hopefully this will be joining by further episodes as the year progresses. Hopefully too we may add in some small measure to your own collections. Please accept this small token as an appreciation of our gratitude. - April 2017

Special Family Friends

Special Friendship award

Special Family Friend award

In this category we are honoured and delighted to recognise friends who have, in a significant, unexpected and notable way, promoted or furthered the aims and achievements of our site. Without you our mission would have been so much the poorer.

Malcolm R Duncan, Essex at BillionGraves.com
Citation: This is a small token of appreciation for the photographs and the advice you gave us following the request we placed on the BillionGraves website. It is often difficult researching a lost relative from a distance (in our case over 300 miles) and even more so when the information available on the internet is confusing and incomplete. It is hoped that the monument can be be restored to its proper state at some time in the future. Kind regards. - April 2017

Julie Wilson, Essex at BillionGraves.com
Citation: I would like to take this opportunity to send you this small token for your help in identifying a fallen monument in the London Road Cemetery, Leigh-on-Sea and for clarifying the dedications upon it. Thank you, too, for the series of photographs which we have been able to use to support our research article about this fascinating branch of our family's history. Thank you - April 2017

PAST HONOURS

NEW YEAR HONOURS JANUARY 2017

IN MEMORIAM

†   ROGER DAVID MITCHELL   †
1949 - 2016

It is with great regret that we heard of the death our Very Special Family Friend Roger Mitchell at the end of November 2016. We are aware that he had been very ill for some time, battling with cancer. Roger and I have been collaborators in the coding and management of our TNG software for several years. Our websites are hosted here in the UK by the same Internet Provider. He will be sorely missed by all TNG users who knew him. We extend our sinerest condolences to Linda and his family.


Very Special Family Friends

Technical Support @ EUKHOST Ltd, England
Citation: Towards the end of 2014, Google announced that to improve the safety of users on the internet it would push for the adoption of increased security protocols by all websites. To the amateur webmaster this sounded highly technical and esoteric stuff. To facilitate this, EUKhost installed an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate for this site and redirected its internett address to https (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure). It has led to a raft of issues, including internal file incompatibilities and bizarre mixed URL results on Google search, that have required careful examination and correction. It has also led to a high rate of exchange of correspondence bewteen this website and your technical support; questions which have been answered in a timely and patient fashion. It does appear that the end result of this implementation has now been reached. It is not possible to name every one of you who has been involved but to you all, many thanks - January 2017

Chris Moss England
Citation: The final three months of 2016 have been a very stressful time for the management of the website with the installation of an SSL certificate, a change to an https address, server migration (twice) and new IP addresses. This stress has been compounded by increased attention from internet spiders. I have valued your advice, suggestions and encouragement to sort out the many wrinkles which have ensued. I have also found your Family Chart and Relate mods to be a very useful addition to our people's pages within the site. Many thanks - January 2017

Special Family Friends

Brent Hemphill, USA
Citation: For several years I was an ardent admirer of Brian McFadyen's Challenge mods which effectively stopped spiders, bots and rippers from hammering the site. It was often not clear their purpose but with 30 to 40 accesses to the same few pages within 1 minute it had a marked effect on the bandwidth usage by the site. Sadly the mod failed to keep up with the advances made in successive upgrades to TNG. I was delighted to see that you had taken up the challenge to bring these modules up to date. I am looking forward to the time when the attentions of these nefarious visitors become a thing of the past. Please accept this Friendship Award as a gesture of thanks for your help. Kind regards. - January 2017

Bryan S. Larson, USA
Citation: Like many other users of TNG I am sure, I have been aware of increasing numbers of visitations to the site by bots and spiders. Of course, some are desirable and to be encouranged. Very often it is not clear from where they originate or what they are doing once they arrive. I was delighted to find your Bot-Trap mod on the TNG wiki and have it now installed. Please accept this Friendship Award as a small token of appreciation for all your work for the community. Thank you - January 2017

BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2016

Very Special Family Friends

Jenny Moran , Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland England
Citation: We would like to take this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you and the staff of the Record Office for all your help in our recent explorations of the history of our extended family in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. Unravelling the entangled lives of the Craxford, Pollard, Biddall and Pridmore families at the turn of the twentieth century has probably been the darkest and most tragic project we have yet undertaken. The information uncovered has been both a revelation and at times shocking. Many thanks - April 2016

Elizabeth Thomas, England
Citation: This small token is in appreciation for your help in our recent project to uncover the life and times of the Pollard sisters and in particular the part played in that story by one George Biddall Freeman. Our small team came together from different familial backgrounds and I believe we were all truly surprised by the truths we exposed and the extent of the final story that was told. The reminiscences and details provided in 'Myra Heath's Diary' was fundamental to us achieving that goal. Many thanks - April 2016

Special Family Friends

Annie65115, RootsChat, UK
Citation: Please accept this Friendship Award as a gesture of thanks for your help during our recent research into the history of our family in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. This project has probably been the bleakest and most tragic that we have undertaken. Your help through RootsChat, particularly in identifying our Pridmore babies, was invaluable and the database of the Welford Road Cemetery a vital addition to our library. Many thanks. - April 2016

Frances Brown, UK
Citation: Earlier this year my cousins and I embarked on a project looking into one of our shared families which had thrown up many brickwalls to researchers over many years. One individual in particular caused considerable confusion. We were grateful to have your informative and well illuminated volume about the Freeman - Biddall families ('Fairgound Strollers and Showfolk') as a basis for our studies. Whilst not every single loose end has been securely tied down, we have at least been able to lay out the lives, times and tribulations of these our ancestors in some detail. Thank you - April 2016

Eliza Kaziah, UK
Citation: This is a small token of appreciation for the part you played in helping to illuminate the very complicated history which surrounded the Pollard family in the latter years of the Victorian Era. Whilst there are still strands of their story which remain unanswered, we have found the conjuction between the two Smith families (the Romany Smiths and the 'Ohmy!' Smiths) to be an ongoing fascination. Although we have not yet found a direct connection between the two, this is something which is still being sought. Many thanks. - April 2016

NEW YEAR HONOURS JANUARY 2016

Very Special Family Friends

Graham Chamberlain, England
Citation: It is always a pleasure to greet a fellow long term user of the TNG site building program. There have been a number of occasions when you have been helpful in adding to or ironing out wrinkles in the fashioning of our own 'home' - none more so than with the issues we encountered when we undertook a major upgrade last autumn. Your code fragment and instructions were exactly right to restore the full appearance of our magazine. Please accept this small token with our thanks. - January 2016

Marilyn Ponting Northamptonshire, England
Citation: We would like to take this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you for all your help in our explorations of the history of our extended family in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. I have been aware of and been a user of the Northamptonshire Indexes for several years and am slowly building up my holding of the CD collection. I am also particularly grateful for the information you have been able to provide in the rootschat.com forums which has helped to steer me through the current research project into the intricacies of our 18th and 19th century ancestral heritage. Many thanks - January 2016

Special Family Friends

Tim Clough, Honorary Editor, RLH&RS, Rutland, England
Citation: This is a small token of appreciation for your help and guidance during our investigations into a branch of the family which settled in Barrowden, Rutland. We managed to tie together characters and occupations both in the village and across the River Welland in the Northamptonshire village of Gretton. We have also found the Rutland Local History & Record Society website to be a fascinating source of information. - January 2016

Joanna Vink, Australia
Citation: Earlier this year my cousins and I had reached an impasse in the history of one of our early Victorian ancestors. We knew he had 'gone to sea' but knew nothing of his exploits. A chance reference to the curiously named HMS Plumper led me to Commander John Gowlland RN and to the book ('My Dearest Gennie') you had written based on his logs and letters. Although our ancestor was not mentioned by name, we discovered where he had been during his service as a Royal Marine. Just as important this background helped to explain why one of his nephews also found himself on board another famous sea going expedition 20 years later. Thank you - January 2016

Mike Wood, Richmond, North Yorkshire, England
Citation: Please accept this Friendship Award as a gesture of thanks for your help during our recent research into the history of our family in the East Midlands. One of our ancestors became a fellmonger, a term with which we were unfamiliar. The two villages in which he lived had many of their inhabitants worked in the skin trade. We found the history and heritage of the Trade Guilds and the involved occupations described in The Company of Fellmongers of Richmond Yorkshire website and the accompanying literature most interesting and helped to illuminate the rise and fall of these Victorian cottage industries. Many thanks. - January 2016

BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2015

No awards were made in either category

NEW YEAR HONOURS JANUARY 2015

Very Special Family Friends

Linda Harper, Co. Durham, England
Citation: Please accept this small token as a mark of appreciation for all your dedication and hard work freely given in unravelling the tangled skein of the Nessworthy family and others who became involved in their history. It has been a gargantuan feat uncovering the presence and fate of so many missing links in the records but without it their story which mirrors the social history of Victorian Tyneside could not have been told. - January 2015

Stan Mapstone Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Citation: We would like to take this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you for all your help in our explorations of the history of our extended family on Tyneside. As an outsider it has often been both difficult and confusing to see beyond the layers of concrete which have buried the old homesteads of South and North Shields. Your knowledge of the detailed maps and streets of the area has been invaluable in completing our histories. Your attention to detail through the auspices of the Rootschat forums has been admirable and you have been able to answer the seemingly simplest of our queries freely with speed and tolerance. Many thanks - January 2015

Special Family Friends

Ruth Bowes, Ontario, Canada
Citation: It is always a pleasure to meet and greet a fellow family history historian. It is an even greater delight when our interests and historical, if not genetic, roots merge. The coincidences across the years, generations, friends, acquaintances and continents were remarkable. The story makes a perfect addition to the section on my home town of Leicester. Please accept this Friendship Award as a small token of that new found old relationship! - January 2015

Peter Searle, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Please accept this Friendship Award as a gesture of thanks for your help during our recent research into the history of our family on Tyneside. Many were mariners; many others shipwrights. Integral to an understanding of their history is an understanding of the environment in which they lived, worked and sometimes died. Your encyclopedia of Sunderland built shipping has been a most valuable resource in furthering our studies. Many thanks. - January 2015

BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2014

Very Special Family Friends

Chris Jinks, Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, , England
Citation: I would like to take this opportunity to present this small token for your help in our explorations of the growth of the West End of Leicester and the development of its transport system. Your clear and concise narrative of the electric tram network illuminated the history of the principal streets of our childhood. We have also taken great delight in browsing the pages of the Trust's web site which has invoked yet more memories from the past of our youth. - April 2014

Mark Stevens Berkshire, England
Citation: We would like to take this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you for your help in completing one of our longest running historical projects. The information given in your book 'Broadmoor Revealed', the television programmes on the same subject and your National Archives lecture helped us to understand the Victorian attitudes to mental illness and the historical background to criminal lunacy. Thank you too for your overview of the updated article of the 1875 murder and its aftermath for our extended family from Cottingham. It has been much appreciated. Many thanks - April 2014

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BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2014 (Continued)

Special Family Friends

Colin Dannatt, 'Dannatt.eu', UK
Citation: It is always a pleasure to meet and greet a fellow family history web master and GOONS (Guild of One Name Studies) member. It is an even greater delight when our interests and historical, if not familial, roots coincide. Many thanks for sharing your thoughts and data on the Dannett Hall Estate in Leicester. - April 2014

Alison Day, Berkshire, UK
Citation: This is a small token of appreciation for your help during our recent research into the murder of a young boy which occurred in a small Northamptonshire village in 1875 and in unpicking the events and circumstances which followed. Without your preparation and transcription of the appropriate records, we would not have been able to complete this study which had been ongoing for over a decade. Many thanks. - April 2014

Dave King, St Paul & St Augustine Worship Centre, Leicester, UK
Citation: Please accept this Friendship Award as a gesture of thanks for your help during our recent research into the development of the West End of Leicester. Your thoughts and comments have helped us mould our history of Fosse Road and King Richard's Road, particularly in relation to (the now sadly decommissioned) St Paul's Church. Thank you too for a copy of the illustration of 'the church with spire' which completed my own deficient copy of the church history book. - April 2014

Chris Pyrah, Leicester Pubs Lost since 1980, Leicester, UK
Citation: I am very grateful for the help you gave us both with references and images in the preparation of our updated article on the history of King Richard's Road earlier this year. Memory can become hazy when relied upon over both a long time span and a great distance. Your own studies have refreshed the parts my own failed to reach. - April 2014

Dr Phil Stone, Peter Hammond, Richard III Society, Leicester, UK
Citation: Anyone born and bred in Leicester must be familiar with the history and legends associated with the last Plantagenet King of England - and cannot have remained unmoved and intrigued by the excavations of the last two years. Having walked in his tracks during my adolescence and been educated adjacent to his burial site, I just had to include his story in my updated account of King Richard's Road. Please accept this small token as a gesture of appreciation for your thoughts and comments on my own postulates and for completing our gallery. - April 2014

NEW YEAR HONOURS JANUARY 2014

IN MEMORIAM

†   MIKE CASSELL   †
1942 - 2014

It is with regret we note the death our Very Special Family Friend Mike Cassell in January this year. As 'Mike from Leicester' he helped us and countless other amateur family historians by answering questions in the forums of Rootschat. He will be sorely missed.


No awards were made in either category

BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2013

Very Special Family Friends

Sandy Hall (Mrs), England
Citation: We would like to take this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you for all your help in our explorations, both past and present, into the lives and history our extended family in Cottingham and beyond. You have been so diligent in your searches of local amenities and archives helping to break down that stubborn blind alley to an itinerant forebear - not just for us but to many other users of the Rootschat forum. My thanks too for your help in rationalising the St Mary Magdalene graveyard. - April 2013

Dr Peter Hill Northampton, England
Citation: I would like to take this opportunity to present this small token for your continued help in the preparation of our articles for our extended family from Cottingham. We have always felt that so much colour can be brought to the lives of our ancestors by gaining an understanding of the times they lived in and the conditions they had to face. It is not always easy to encapsulate concepts such as Forest Law or copyholding in a few short paragraphs. The information given in your books (such as "Secret Northamptonshire") has proved to be essential to that understanding. It has been much appreciated. Many thanks - April 2013

Special Family Friends

Joe Twitchin, Sydney, Australia
Citation: Please accept this Friendship Award for the clear and thoughtful way you put together your memories of growing up in Paddington in the late 1930s and of the harrowing experiences in Delamere Crescent in May 1941 during the London Blitz. First hand accounts are always so valuable to the ongoing study of a family's history, particularly when the area concerned is no longer present. Our grateful thanks - April 2013

NEW YEAR HONOURS JANUARY 2013

Very Special Family Friends

Jerry Milo Johnson 'Ancestry Project', USA
Citation: This is a small token of appreciation for all the help you gave us here at the Magazine over the last year. We embarked on a major behind the scenes restructuring of the code of many of our pages. On two occasions we came up against apparently insoluble display problems. The speed of your responses, regardless of the remoteness of your own situation, and the simpleness of the demonstration of the solution, made sure we were not left "up a creek without a paddle". Our grateful thanks. - January 2013

Roger Moffat New Zealand
Citation: I have used a number of your modules in the magazine for almost as long as I have used TNG. I would like to make this presentation to you as an expression of our thanks for your unstinting work in developing solutions and customisations for the TNG community and your willingness to guide us end users in their implementation. When our "back office" code modifications this year broke the display, your answer was both clear and timely. It has been much appreciated. - January 2013

Special Family Friends

Robin Fox Professor of Social Theory, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
Citation: During the course of the last two years we have been attempting to unpick the entangled genealogy of our ancestral village. The chance discovery of a quotation on kinship encapsulated our findings and led me from mere hobbyist dabbler to glance, at least superficially, at the academic theory. I was very interested and enlightened to read your books on the subject. I was also delighted for your permission to use your quotation in the introduction to the articles in that section of the magazine and also your kind words of encouragement for our efforts. Please accept this small token of our appreciation. - January 2013


BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2012

Very Special Family Friends

Stephen Beeby UK
Citation: This is a small token of appreciation for all the help you have given us here at the Magazine in our continuing genealogical research into the village and villagers of Cottingham. Your encyclopaedic knowledge of the Regiments of Northamptonshire has been invaluable in tracing the often harrowing and tragic histories of our cousins who served and perished during the first World War. The great War Forum, too, is a unique and unmissable resource for family histories. - April 2012

Mike Cassell Leicester, England
Citation: We would like to take this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you for all your help in our explorations of the history of our family in Leicestershire. You have been unstinting in your reference to the local archives and unlocking the occasional blind alley to an itinerant forebear - not just for us but to many other users of the Rootschat forum.. I am also most grateful for your help in deciphering the districts and streets of Victorian and Edwardian Leicester without which some of our more recent research would have been incomplete. It has been much appreciated. - April 2012

Special Family Friends

Sandra Gerbers (White Swan web site) Bayport, USA
Citation: Pease accept this friendship token for all the hard work you do (and have done) both personally for our own site and for the web community generally. The very fact that your award schemes are there provides continuing encouragement. The help given to applicants through the assessment process is an ongoing stimulus to strive towards perfection. We treasure the awards that we have received from you and are proud to display them on our pages. Many thanks and keep up the good work! - April 2012

Lupércio Mundim (Lupe's Portal; Poetic Soul Awards web site), Goiânia, Brazil
Citation: I would like to present this small token to you in recognition of your continuing enthusiasm for the Award Community - both for the applicants and to the Award Providers themselves. We have been pleased to receive and display your awards on our site over the years. It would be a tragedy if the light of the Award Provider Community should flicker and be extinguished. Thanks, too, for your help with our occasional stuttering forays into Portuguese. - April 2012

Ned Newitt Leicester, England
Citation: I would like to take this opportunity to present this small token for your help earlier this year in the preparation of our article about the Crane Family, a large part of which "emigrated" from their Northamptonshire village roots to the large town. The information provided in your book "The Slums of Leicester" proved to be essential to our understanding of the development of and the conditions in city and in the completion of the piece. It has been much appreciated. Many thanks - April 2012

NEW YEAR HONOURS JANUARY 2012

Very Special Family Friends

Wayne Simmons Simmons and Related Families Histories - Mentor, Ohio, USA
Citation: I am always delighted to meet a fellow user of the TNG site building program. It is doubly pleasurable and exciting to discover a kindred spirit keen to explore and push the boundaries of the medium we have chosen to demonstrate and share our chosen interest with the wider world. This token is a gesture of thanks for your cooperation, sharing and test-bedding of ideas, code fragments and validation issues. It has helped to keep my own site developments on course over the last few months - January 2012

Stewart Souter (Carbonize) The Lazarus Guestbook - England
Citation: I would like to present this small token in recognition of your excellent program and its onging development which has become such an integral and necessary part of our site. It is also a mark of gratitude for your help in customising the Guestbook to suit our own page requirements and for the speedy aid in reconfiguring the code to conform with new requirements dictated by our service hosts. - January 2012

Special Family Friends

Bryan Holden Roseworld Productions Ltd, Solihull, West Midlands, England.
Citation: I would like to present this small token for your help in the preparation earlier this year of our article about the Cox Family who emigrated from Northamptonshire to Australia. I much enjoyed your book on the Lost Village of Faxton, information from which was essential to our understanding and completion of the piece. Many thanks - January 2012

Janice Morris England
Citation: I would like to present this small token for your help in the preparation earlier this year of our article about the Cox Family who emigrated from Northamptonshire to Australia. The information you provided (and Bryan Holden's book on the Lost Village of Faxton) proved to be essential to our understanding and completion of the piece. Many thanks - January 2012

BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2011

Very Special Family Friends

Roger Mitchell The Mitchell Family Online - Newbury, England
Citation: It is always a pleasure to meet-and-greet a fellow user of the TNG software. The pleasure is doubled when potential genealogical interests are uncovered. This token is a gesture of thanks for your cooperation, sharing and test-bedding of ideas, code fragments and validation issues. It has helped to keep my own focus over these last few months and a fully validated site is no longer just a dream. - April 2011

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BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2011 (Continued)

Special Family Friends

Paul Appleby Melton Mowbray Baptist Church, Leicestershire, England.
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to you as a gesture of thanks for all your help during our recent research into the Cox family, and especially the Rev George D Cox, who emigrated to Australia and New Zealand. Your thoughts and contributions were most helpful in keeping us going in the right direction and without them we would not have been able to produce such a detailed and complete biography of the man. Many thanks. - April 2011

Judy Powles Spurgeon's College, London, England
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to you as a gesture of thanks for all your help during our recent research into the Cox family, and especially the Rev George D Cox, who emigrated to Australia and New Zealand. Your thoughts and contributions were most helpful in keeping us going in the right direction and without them we would not have been able to produce such a detailed and complete biography of the man. Many thanks. - April 2011

Rupert Tipples Lincoln, New Zealand
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to you as a gesture of thanks for all your help during our recent research into the Cox family, and especially the Rev George D Cox, who emigrated to Australia and New Zealand. Your thoughts and contributions were most helpful in keeping us going in the right direction and without them we would not have been able to produce such a detailed and complete biography of the man. Many thanks. - April 2011

NEW YEAR HONOURS JANUARY 2011

Very Special Family Friends

Emerson Kent World History for the Relaxed Historian - White Sands, New Mexico, USA
Citation: This award is token of thanks for your help and guidance in negotiating the history of battles which occurred during two World Wars. This has facilitated a greater understanding of the tribulations and hardships that some of our forebears endured, illuminating our narrative articles about them and providing a lasting testimony to their memory. Our thanks too for the other resources which your excellent site provides. - January 2011

Brett Payne Photo-Sleuth, Tauranga, New Zealand
Citation: Please accept this token as a small measure of thanks for your invaluable help with the analysis of the images in an old album during our research into my maternal family history. Your knowledge of Victorian and Edwardian photographers and the tools of their trade is exceptional. The methods of identifying and dating old photographs are intriguing and reading your web site and blog is always fascinating. - January 2011

Jodi Sweere A Book of Generations (the Sweere, Dykhoff, Richart, Duren and collateral lineages) - USA
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to say thank you for your advice and encouragement through the forum and lists over the years. It was your encouragement and help in the early days of the magazine which led me to appreciate the need for proper coding and to seek the rigours of full validation through W3C. Without that foundation our development would not have been assured and we would not have received the recognition and plaudits of the last two years. - January 2011

Special Family Friends

Vance Elderkin The Internet Beacon, North Carolina, USA.
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to you as an acknowledgement of the sympathetic handling of our magazine during the assessment process last year. I have also been touched by the warmth and caring you express through The Internet Beacon as well as the candour and integrity with which the award program is implemented. Our best wishes to you for the future. - January 2011

Bill Harding Baron Street, London, England
Citation: Please accept this token as a small measure of thanks to you for your help during our research into Suffolk Street for our article on the Craxfords of Pentonville. Your thoughts and the photographs you provided were invaluable to the end result. Many thanks. - January 2011

John Symons, Gill May Hillingdon Family History Society. Uxbridge, England
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to you as a gesture of thanks for all your help during our recent research into the Craxford family who migrated to Uxbridge. Your thoughts and comments were most helpful in steering us in the right direction. Your critique of our precis for the article was invaluable in aiding our understanding of Uxbridge history. Many thanks. - January 2011

BIRTHDAY HONOURS APRIL 2010

Very Special Family Friends

Alan J Clarke Northants-Familytree.net - Northamptonshire, England
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to you in recognition of your encyclopaedic collection of reference material regarding the country of Northamptonshire, its history and inhabitants and beyond. It is also an expression of our thanks for your willingness to reach into the smallest recesses of local genealogical knowledge; a capacity which has helped us break down more than one family history stone wall in our years of association. - April 2010

Brian McFadyen Software Development for TNG Genealogy Software - Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Citation: That Darrin Lythgoe's TNG software is pre-eminent in its class is self-evident to genealogy web builders and browsers alike. However no package is ever static or complete. I would like to make this presentation to you as an expression of our thanks for your unstinting work in developing solutions and customisations for the TNG community and your willingness to guide us end users in their implementation. The advent of the Mod Manager makes both new installation and upgrade simple and quick. - April 2010

Special Family Friends

Keith Bellamy Pictorial Walks in Northamptonshire, England
- April 2010

Lionel A. Bouchon and Didier Grau Prospective Award Program. Marseille, France
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to say thank you for the way in which you carried out the assessment on our site earlier in the year. Your encouragement and judgment has led us to continue to strive for further advancements and improvements. In time we hope we will justify a step up to even higher awards. I would also like to acknowledge your help in the installation of the multi-language feature to our site. While computer-based translation systems continue to improve, there is no substitute for a human linguistic critique. Our feedback on the new service suggests it has been well received and is broadening our readership. - April 2010

Mitch Gariador The Gariador / Satterfield Family Genealogy, Chino, California, USA
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to say thank you for your help in the installation of the multi-language feature to our site. While Google and other translation systems do continue to improve, there is no substitute for the human approach to identifying colloquial structures and providing a linguistic critique. Our feedback on the new service tells us it is considered to provide a value-added service to foreign language readers and that the TNG translation is rated as "very good to excellent". - April 2010

Jenny Maass The Moon Awards Program. Linz, Austria
Citation: I would like to make this presentation to say an unreserved thank you for the complete and exhaustive way in which you carried out the assessment on our site earlier in the year. The presentation of the gold award last year was both a pleasure and a great honour in itself but the recognition and distinction you gave us with the upgrade to Excellence has given us a tremendous boost. Your encouragement and judgment has led us to continue to strive for further advancements and improvements and we will display the award with pride. - April 2010

NEW YEAR HONOURS 2010

Very Special Family Friends

Barbara Boyle The University of Dundee Alumni On-line Community - Dundee, Scotland
Citation: This token is to say an unreserved thank you for the your support and encouragement in the setting up of our TARTAN pages section. The archive material, practical help and links to the University have been instrumental in fostering the aims of '69 Club Yearbook and the Alumni who belong to it. - December 2009

Elisabeth Jordan Gretton Local History Society - Northamptonshire, England
Citation: We would like to present you with this token to thank you for the help you have given us in our explorations of Gretton and its environs (the birthplace of the Craxford dynasty) both in cyberspace and on the ground. You have always been available to research a query on local knowledge or history no matter how trivial or obscure it may have seemed. - December 2009

Darrin Lythgoe TNG: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding - Sandy, Utah, USA
Citation: I would like to make this presentation of one of our first batch of awards to say an unreserved thank you for your tremendous program and your unwavering and selfless help, advice and encouragement that you give to users, experts and tyros alike. I have perhaps taken my implementation of TNG in unexpected directions but the fact that my dabblings have been tolerated is a remarkable testimony to a remarkable product. - December 2009

Ken Roy Our Acadian, French Canadian and Maine Ancestors USA
Citation: I am taking this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you firstly for letting me try out and run riot with your template switching mechanism and secondly for all the help, advice and moral support when things have seemingly gone wrong. The switching has extended TNG into the magazine I always hoped for and a package which brings frequent praise and admiration. - December 2009

Rhonda Serong O.N.Z.C.D.A. - New Zealand
Citation: I would like to make a point of recognition of the unstinting and impartial advice and help that you have given me over these last several months. Likewise I have come to look on you as a friend. It has been a long road in developing the web site taking Darrin Lythgoe's original amazing genealogy engine and developing and molding it in directions unexpected. Then there was the project to convert my naive initial dabblings in markup to xhtml (my first pass on page 1 through the w3c validation process reported 364 errors of one sort or another!) You have been a rock to firm and maintain my resolve in this latest venture. - December 2009

Jane Smith Cottingham History - Northamptonshire, England
Citation: We would like to take this opportunity to say an unreserved thank you for all your help in our explorations of Cottingham and its environs (our branch's site of origin) and in particular the background to St Mary Magdalene Church and to the tragic tale of Thomas Claypole. Without that help the site would be less complete. - December 2009

Special Family Friends

Franz Boigner Phönix Award Program. Vienna, Austria
Citation: I would like to make this presentation of one of our first batch of awards to say an unreserved thank you for the complete and exhaustive way in which you carried out the assessment on our site earlier in the year. The presentation of the gold award was both a pleasure and a great honour in itself but the recognition and distinction you have given us with the S.O.T.Y. 2009 award took us completely by surprise and gave us a tremendous boost. We will display it with pride. - December 2009

Friedrich Hornischer Timelines Awards. Germany
Citation: I would like to make this presentation of one of our first batch of awards to say an unreserved thank you for the sympathetic and patient way in which you carried out the assessment on our site earlier in the year and the award and recognition itself. Yours was one of the first award programs that we approached and in our naivety we had little idea of what to expect but led us to nomineeship of UWSAG. Your encouragement and judgment has led us to continue to strive for further advancements and improvements. - December 2009

Ric at Vintage Kin Vintage Kin Genealogical Design Studio. Australia
- December 2009

Daniel L Wheeler Keyboards for Christ Music Ministry and the The Dove Award Team. Tridelphia, West Virginia, USA
- December 2009

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