Putting together a Family Tree is, in many ways, like doing a giant jigsaw puzzle.
Often there are pieces that do not appear to fit and only when other pieces are discovered
do the originals finally take their place. Let me give you an example to illustrate
If you have already read the ‘1881 Census’ article on this website you will be aware
that our surname has been transcribed/spelt in many and various ways. One of the
varied spellings that I reviewed closely was Kervell. One particular entry intrigued
Harriet Kervell aged 20 Birthplace stated as Sheen Berkshire
A housemaid in the service of Alderman, J P and Banker Charles Halsted from Chichester
Nothing unusual in that you may think. Kervells do exist in the south of England
and they are not all related to us. However I had never come across them in Berkshire.
Also I was certain that there was no place called Sheen in Berkshire. Could the entries
have been transcribed/spelt incorrectly? Could Kervell really be Kearvell? Could
Sheen really be Speen Berkshire? I knew of Speen. It is a village on the north west
outskirts of Newbury. I also remembered that William Kearvell (1840-1915) from West
Stoke Sussex had married Amelia Parsons, who had been born at Shaw-cum-Donnington
Berkshire. Like Speen, Shaw is a village on the northern outskirts of Newbury. However,
no Harriets matched on our Family Tree and with nothing further to connect this Harriet,
the information went on to the "back burner".