Wool & Weavers in 17th Century Wiltshire

18th January 2017

My earliest proven ancestor John Thornton born 1651 of Netton . Update: No such record can be found but thornton / ThornEtons have been found in the nearby  Bourne Valley in the village records of the Winterbournes, these lines have since been connected . He was church warden of All Saints Durrington his grave marker can be found adjacent to the church. The parish registers, dating from 1591, other than those in current use, are held in the Wiltshire Family History Society.

All Saints Durrington Wilts.

It is reasonable to conclude that he was a noteable in the parish, by both his position in the church and a having a headstone erected. His occupation is recorded as a weaver, as was his son Edward who probably inherited his father’s loom.

The wool trade the major portion of Wiltshire’s economy and wealth from earlier times . In the 17th Century

Tom Thornton’s Genealogy Vault Update

18 April 2017
Tom Thornton’s  Genealogy Vault update
Today I completed the initial build of the Munley Branch.
There are no charts included at present as I consider the best way to implement these . For now at least you can read the underlying stories while I continue to add the remaining family groups 🙂
Visit often : www.tom-thornton.ca
“The road to success is always under construction “

New Blog !

13 April 2017

We are off ! Ploughing fresh fields .

New domain – tom-thornton.ca for Tom thornton’s Genealogy Vault
with a subdomain for WordPress
New Blog site – myblog.tom-thornton.ca

The Ploughman

All day I follow
watching the swift dark furrow
that curls away from me
and care not for skies or upturned flowers

And at the end of the field
look backward
Ever with discontent
a stone or roots strayed thought
has thwarted the line of that furrow
and urge my horses ‘round again

Sometimes even before the row is finished
I must look backward
To find, when I come to the end
that I have swerved

Unappeased I leave the field
expectant, to return

The horses are very patient
when I tell myself
this time
the ultimate unflawed turning
is before my share
the must give up their rest

Someday, someday, be sure
I shall turn the furrow of all my hopes
but I shall not do it looking backward !


StudioTax for Mac – Free :)

11th April 2017

I have just filed my Canadian income tax return for the third year in a row using  StudioTax for Mac . This software is made available by a small team for free or donation. I have always been very pleased with it ease of use and this years version is absolutely amazing !

I completed and submitted our joint return in a little over half an hour .
The checking feature has been reinforced and it is NETFile integrated for 2016 .

Thanks & well done team.


Google + planting others posts on my page :((((((((((((

11th April 2017

Update ; 13th April – I have obtained a new domain name = tom-thornton.ca

which is hosted at GreenGeeks.com . This site is for my Family History .
I have also set up a sub-domain at the same location = myblog.tom-thornton.ca which is a WordPress Blog initially for our Family History News updates & topics.

I am getting tired of the seemingly ever increasing number unwanted posts Google places on my G+ page .

So I am looking to transitioning over to WordPress and host it on my own site at tom-thornton.ca hosted by GreenGeeks.com.


Brother MDC 9340 CDW – 2yrs on Replaced roller set

10 April 2017

Almost 2 1/2 years use and the print quality has deteriorated . Brother advised changing the Roller set . I opted for a generic ones from Inkjet Super Store for $140 landed vs Brother $480 including toner carts .  Crazy I only paid $350 for the new printer :(.
As in my previous blog I reload my carts with toner from InkOwl @ $70 a set of four . so this is a huge cost saving . I estimate that over the life this printer had gone thru 3 cases @ 5000 shts.  so amortising the $140 over 15,000 pages makes for super low cost laser printing .


Qick & Easy Web Builder 4 – Awsome!

3 April 2017

Quick & Easy Web builder 4 – Mac, Linux & Windows

I downloaded this software ( http://www.quickandeasywebbuilder.com/ ) about week ago as I was frustrated by the limitations of WSIWYG Website software.

I am now halfway through constructing my Family History website using it. Once I got to grips with the idea of drag & drop objects onto a page and using the inspector function to customise everything to my liking the project progressed very quickly & smoothly. There is a very good built in manual ,which I found helpful, but most helpful is the online tutorials created by the creator found here :

These I only discovered after contacting Pablo the author and they go into greater detail than the Manual.

I am a graphic oriented person so this program suits my style of working and there seems to no longer any need to learn anything but basic code.