This week in history………………….

William SCRACE, son of John SCRACE and Sophia TINGLEY was born at Maskells Farm, Brenchley and then baptised in All Saints church on 03 October 1830. He was the 7th child of John and Sophia’s 12! (Brenchley is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.)

William married Ruth WOODHAMS and together they had eight children (5 boys and 3 girls). During their marriage they lived in Chatham, Kent and then finally in Gillingham also in the county of Kent.

William worked as a Blacksmith which is a person who creates objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal; that is, by using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, and weapons. He would have been very busy! Blacksmiths had a place among the working classes, these men worked with their hands and arms in a hot and grimy environment. Blacksmiths, who have a history that goes back thousands of years, however, had a far higher economic and social position than farm or factory workers. As highly skilled artisans, they also managed to remain independent and in demand until well into the twentieth century when the automobile destroyed many of their opportunities for work. Even then, these skilled iron workers often morphed into auto mechanics just as a century earlier some had become pioneeering engineers.

RESEARCH UPDATE: This week I am moving forward nicely with my extraction of the 1911 census, I now have about 70% of the “correctly transcribed” entries included in my spreadsheet for the Scrace surname. I have also started recording notices I have found in newspapers regarding any reference to the surnames of Scrace or Scrase.

In other news I have registered my Blog at GeneaBloggers and I am now listed, if  you have not checked this resourse out it is well worth it, there is a wealth of fantastic sites to browse from here 🙂

I am also trying to work out which provider to subscribe to Ancestry, Find My Past or The Genealogist. If anyone has any experience of the Genealogist please let me know how you find it. At the moment I think I will subscribe to Ancestry as I have a voucher to get 30% off, I also have a discount code for the Genealogist, so wanted to know whether it is worth trying though!

Until next time…….

© Karen Anderson 2012

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Well I have taken the plunge and registered the Scrace surname and also Scrase with the GUILD, I was impressed with how efficient the process all was, after all it is a charity and all the staff are volunteers (I believe). I am now member number 6151! I registered on Tuesday mid afternoon and just before 5pm I had a welcome email and that was quickly followed by further emails inviting me to forums and another regarding the guild emails. The following morning I had confirmation that my names had been registered 🙂

Other news, the progress on the extraction of data is slow, but that is to be expected. So far I have:

1. Extracted and sorted all the BIRTHS for Scrace’s and Scrases’s transcribed on FreeBMD.

2. Extracted and sorted all the MARRIAGES for Scrace’s and Scrase’s transcribed on FreeBMD.

3. Extracted and sorted all the DEATHS for Scrace’s and Scrase’s transcribed on FreeBMD.

4.Extracted and sorted all the Scrace’s and Scrases’s listed on the 1881 Census on the   FamilySearch Website.

5. Extracted 30% of all Scrace’s (transcribed correctly that is) on the 1911 UK Census from Ancestry, I have been looking at all the images to ensure the data transcribed is correct – I have found quite a few errors and omissions already!

I plan to continue working on the extraction of Scrace’s from the 1911 Census over the next week. I will then re-subscribe to one of the main sites to continue extracting the census details onto my data sheets.

As well as extracting the above data, I have over the last week transferred my personal line onto WikiTree and called it Scrace line 001, although I do still have to add all the sources I have, but I will do this once I have extracted ALL the correctly transcribed UK census data. I have made sure that living individuals and those born after 1900 are all private, with just very basic information for confidentiality reasons. I have also created a front page for the Scrace One Name Study, which can be found HERE.

Another thing I have done is set up a Facebook page, which is private, but if  you have a Scrace/Scrase connection, I will of course add you. I have also set up a Twitter account, boy have I been busy.

Please get in touch, if you are a Scrace or a Scrase via the Scrace.ONS email address provided on the about page or by leaving a comment below, I would LOVE to hear from you.

Until next time………….

© Karen Anderson 2012

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Scrace One Name Study on WikiTree

I recently read a ONS blog that mentioned the merits of WikiTree for a One Name Study, so with that in mind I have just set up a Scrace One Name Study page on there.

With the help of other researchers my longer term intention is to create lots of family trees for all Scrace’s that I find throughout the World. With other researchers able to join in and then ultimately have responsibility for their own tree of interest. this I hope will enable this to be more than just a list of names. To that end, I have already started inputting some of the information I have at the moment.

Scrace profiles currently on Wikitree can be found at:, as you can see I have only just started as I decided against uploading my GEDCOM, so it will take me a while! I plan to keep living relatives on my offline database only as well as additional information I have located. I will of course share anything that I do have with researchers who contact me have a link to any individual I have on WikiTree.

Wikitree has been selected because:
1.  It is 100% free with all functionality available to all users
2.  It has very good security capabilities. It has the facility to keep modern family history private and only share it with trusted family members. Inviting them to enjoy what you’ve put together on simple, attractive profile pages. As they browse they can add more names, facts, memories, and photos if they have information that is not on there already.
3.  It is relatively new and at the present there is a very small but growing number of Scrace and Scrase profiles which provides a very clean ‘sheet’ on which to build and progress the Scrace One Name Study.

Until next time…………..

© Karen Anderson 2012

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Whats in a name?

Well I went onto the Guild of One Name Studies and have looked at some of the links they suggest looking at after doing a search to see if anyone else is undertaking your name.
The first one I tried was British Surnames and to my surprise it found nothing and came up with the following:
“Sorry, we don’t currently have any data for SCRACE. If this is your name Congratulations, you are a genuine rarity, at least in the UK. Maybe you should try to breed, to avoid the SCRACE family becoming extinct!”I then continued by looking for SCRASE, once again nothing. It did though this time suggest looking at the American site which I hastily did. Once again though no luck and this time it stated:”Sorry, we don’t have any information about the SCRACE surname. If this really is your surname, then congratulations – you are a genuine rarity, at least in the USA.”The next stop was another suggested site, Public Profiler – British Names, this time the name was found, phew at last! I will post more on this in a later post, but from looking at the data it produced, as I suspected the surname (Scrace or Scrase)  is predominantly in the South of England and is prevalent in Sussex, Kent and Surrey.I then finally did a Google search on the name and found the Surname Database, which said about the surname:”This interesting and uncommon surname is English. Although rare in most parts of the country it is found in several spellings including Scras, Scrace, Scrasse, Scrase, and Skrase in the church registers of the county of Sussex from the mid 16th Century; however its exact origins remain undetermined.

The most likely source of the name is topographical, and describes a person who lived in, or more likely by, a hollow or cave. This is from the Old English pre 7th century word “scraef”, meaning a cave or recess, and the high concentration of the surname in Sussex registers suggests that there may have been a place so called in this region. These early recordings taken from surviving church registers of the county include examples such as Thomas Scrace who married Jone Gillan at Ardingley, on July 10th 1558. This was in the first year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st of England, (1558 – 1603), whilst others include Edmunde Skrace and Johanna Gat, who were married at the hamlet of Cowfold on January 15th 1565, and on January 6th 1592, Elizabeth, the daughter of John Scrase, was christened the village of Street. A coat of arms granted to the Scrace family of Sussex, has the blazon of a blue shield charged with a silver dolphin between three gold escallops, the sign of a pilgrim to the Holy Land. The crest is a falcon, standing on the stock of a tree. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.”

Not sure how much of this is true, but hopefully I may find out further along in my study of the name. One interesting comment after this description was made by someone called Z Barraclough which I think is worth looking into at some point:

“There is a location between Lindfield and Haywards Heath called Scrase Bridge, where the Scrace brook is crossed by the main road between these settlements. The road to Ardingly branches off from this point. Lindfield was a main watering hole for livestock being driven between the Ashdown Forest and the markets to the south. There is also a Scrase valley nature reserve which preserves the rural gap in between. Seems like a good candidate for the origin of this surname, given that your earliest record is at Ardingly.”

I then went on to see what it said for Scrase and found the following:

“This is a most interesting surname of Olde English pre 7th century origins. It is residential and describes either a cave dweller, or perhaps more probably in most parts of England, somebody who lived in a hollow or narrow valley. Unfortunately we have not been able to determine whether an actual village as ‘Scrase’ or similar ever existed, but the surname is relatively popular in Sussex, and the Brighton area seems to be the epi-centre of recordings. The hamlet of ‘Scrafton’ in Yorkshire has a similar origin, in that it is derived from the elements ‘scraef’ and ‘tun’, a farmstead or house, and is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book. However whilst the surname of Scrafton is recorded in York at least as early as 1591, when Urseley Skraffton was christened there on January 18th, the surname as ‘Scrase’ is not recorded at all. Locational surnames were usually given to people after they moved from their original homes, as an easy method of identification. In the case of ‘Scrase’ they do not seem to have moved far, suggesting that the original village was simply abandoned for natural causes. Early examples of the surname recordings include Thomasine Scrase, who married William Holbeach at Wilmington, Sussex, on September 22nd 1561, and Wyllem Scrace who married Ann Payn at Hurstpierpoint on February 8th 1576. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Scrase, which was dated July 10th 1558, married Jane Gill at Ardingley, Sussex, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st, known as ‘Good Queen Bess’, 1558 – 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.”

Boy do I have my work cut out here.
Until Next time………
© Karen Anderson 2012
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Starting out!

Well I thought an update was needed. I am currently transferring my long SCRACE line onto a database solely for this project ( I think it may take a while!!) and have decided to reference each individual using a reference to show the country, county/state and place they were born, as well as an individual reference. One such reference is for a direct ancestor of mine John SCRACE who was born in East Barming, Kent in 1794 (his is GBR-KEN00021-21A).  GBR is Great Britain, KEN is Kent, 00021 is East Barming, 21 is for John himself and the A is a reference for me, as this is a direct Ancestor (my great great grandfather, non ancestors will just have a number).
I have also identifying how many SCRACES  births, marriages and deaths were registered. I did this in the first instance by using FreeBMD’s “download” function. Once I downloaded the data I moved it into Excel and tidied it up by separating the data into the following headings so that I can utilise the data sort function to locate the individuals with ease for researching.

  • Year
  • Quarter
  • Surname
  • Forename
  • Mother’s Maiden Name (births after 1911), Spouses Surname (Marriage), Age at Death / Date of Birth
  • Registration District
  • Volume
  • Number

The thing I have to do next (well after transferring my family file that is) is double check each entry against the images of the GRO register to ensure the transcriptions are correct. I will be using Ancestry to do this, but you are able to view images from FreeBMD, I will also check that it includes them all (not a quick task!).

I am going to use the Births extraction to create a “Master Spreadsheet”. Each person will be given an ID number (as mentioned above) and  transferred to my database. I realise that I will have the data duplicated, but there is a method in my madness…..more to be revealed soon. This will be used to track the individual through the different records in the future.

For SCRACE births there are 729 individuals. 

For SCRACE marriages there are 370 individuals. 

For SCRACE deaths there are 390 individuals. 

I’ve decided against extracting the SCRASE entries for the moment as the numbers are larger and I don’t want to spend all my time double-checking GRO details at the moment.

The plan is that after I’ve identified all the individuals from the GRO index I will then look for them in the census after they were born. This will enable me to build up some trees.

Until next time…..


© Karen Anderson 2012

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Discovering the size of my Scrace ONS!

The Guild of One Name Studies WiKi defines the size of a study by the number of entries in the 1881 England and Wales Census. The size is defined as

1 – 30
30 – 300
300 – 3,000
3,000 – 30,000
30,000 – 300,000
 Extra Large
More than 300,000
 Extra-Extra Large

In order to capture the size of my ONS I have taken the average number of “hits” from the main genealogy sites (AncestryFMP  and Family Search ). I have not yet checked all the “hits” for accuracy as this study is in its just starting; however I believe that by doing it this way I will have a fair overview of the task  in hand.

Average occurrence in 1881 England & Wales Census
Size of Study
All Variants per sites
As previously stated, I am going to concentrate my efforts on the SCRACE’s and SCRASE’s entries for the time being or I am likely to become overwhelmed by the data and this will inhibit the moving forward of the study in a meaningful way. I am starting with the variant that my family use, which is that of SCRACE.
With this in mind I am classing the SCRACE-ONS as “Medium” sized study.
For reference other variants that come up when searching are all under Tiny except one (Scarce) which is classified as small with an average of 43 occurances!
(Scrayce, Scrayse, Screes, Screeze, Scraet, Scrafe, Scrasce, Sraice, Scraise, Scracie, Scrate, Screash, Scasee, Scrass, Squas, Scross, Skruse, Screase, Scarce, Scarace, Scarse, Scras)
If anyone has any other names that they think should be included  as a variant then please let me know, by contacting me on the email address given on the about page.
Until next time……..
© Karen Anderson 2012
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Welcome to the world of Scrace’s!

Welcome to what I hope will become the online resource for the Scrace family.

A one name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname across the world, as opposed to following just the ancestors or descendants of one person or couple.

My aim is to discover as much as possible about every person who has ever lived anywhere in the world, who bore the last name Scrace, or any of its variations. The intention of this site is to gather more information about Scrace’s world wide and share it with all those who may be interested. On this site you will find some information about the Scrace name, the origins of the family and the places to which they travelled, as well as details about some of the more notable members.

If you are a Scrace, or have a Scrace in your family, I hope you find something of interest in this site. If you have any Scrace documents, photographs or memorabilia that you’d like to share with other family members or you just have any queries about Scrace’s then please get in touch.

If you are interested in finding out more about one name studies then please click here for the website of The Guild of One Name Studies.

The information on this website is © The Scrace One Name Study. It may be used for private research but it must not be used for profit or reward. Copyright also exists in the images on this site and they may not be reproduced without permission.

At present I have not joined the Guild as I am only just starting out (although I have a lot of information on all the Scrace’s in my family. I find joining rather a daunting task, especially when you consider it is a WORLD WIDE study.

I’ve started this blog to chart my journey. I won’t however be neglecting my own parental ancestry which I have been doing since 2005 and I’ll still be posting about this on my other blog, but I thought it best to separate the two.

So welcome to my new blog & my new adventure!

© Karen Anderson 2012

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