Ever since I registered my Cavers one-name study with the Guild of One-Name Studies I’ve been building up a database of events of Cavers people, using Microsoft Excel. So births, marriages, deaths, christenings, census returns, and so on. In the last few years it has stopped being updated, as my illness got worse, but it is still a useful resource, often including very obscure references that I have found, or friends have found and forwarded to me. As of today there are nearly 3000 entries in the Cavers events database.
In the interests of sharing this resource, and in particular in case anything happens to me (my health situation is extremely precarious), I have just uploaded it to Google Docs and it can be found and viewed through this link.
I need to explain the format though. There are 13 fields, each taking up a column of the spreadsheet:
- surname (not always Cavers)
- relatives (if named in record)
- source (identifying the original record I found)
- notes (for miscellaneous things like occupation etc.)
- birthplace (if recorded e.g. in birth or census returns)
- other names (surnames)
- connection (where person fits into Cavers trees, e.g. c[hild of] Adam Cavers and Janet Clark or s[pouse of] Helen Scott)
- other (for any other genealogical notes)
As you’ll probably gather it’s quite ad-hoc! But it sort of works.
The entries are sorted by forename, date, event. But because of the way the dates were entered as general text fields, including dates that may or may not have a month and day after the year, the sorting isn’t perfect. So, for example, there are entries in the spreadsheet for Adam Cavers in 1855, 1864, 1879 etc. and then these are followed by Adam Cavers references to years+months+days, e.g. 1770 Nov 11, 1782 Oct 9. Apologies. But keep that in mind when browsing through the data.
Places in the database are generally abbreviated for county names, at least in Scotland. So, for example, Hawick would be recorded as “Hawick, ROX”, using the standard genealogical abbreviation for Roxburghshire. Apologies if this is confusing in places. The spreadsheet was created for my own use. Other common county abbreviations you may see include SEL for Selkirkshire, BEW for Berwickshire, DFS for Dumfriesshire, MLN for Midlothian and so on. For a full list of them see here.
The events database is particularly strong for Scotland. And also very good for Ontario (Canada). Moderately good for England. But it has a way to go.
Census events in it generally go up to 1891. There are obviously later census references that can now be found for the family, but I haven’t put them into the database yet. They are generally well indexed though, at the various websites such as Ancestry.
At the moment I am not inviting new entries for the database, though that may change. In the meantime though, please feel free to browse it on the web, and to download it if you want. Using the file menu provides various download options, and you can save the whole sheet to your computer. But other people can’t currently edit the document online.