So here I am, trying to work out why my laptop is playing games with me, and I start looking through the files that are shared with the desktop. Well, it passes the time while I think of what to do next . . . .
And there's one I should have looked at a long time ago. Plainly I thought I was being clever when I transcribed a number of entries from the IGI and then put them "somewhere safe". It was simply a list of christenings and one marriage but it has taken me about 30 minutes to work out who links to whom.
I can now report that Mary Sandby, my great-great-great (pauses to check) grandmother was the daughter of Richard & Mary (nee Thompson), and she had two sisters. She married John Quince in 1808 in Doddington, Cambs, and they begat seven children in the nearby village of Benwick. John died in 1827. And that's all I know about her.
But I can go back even further, thanks to my newly-discovered habit of filing things away without remembering: Mary's mother Mary was the daughter of Isaac & Anne (nee Nicholls), born in Farcet in Huntingdonshire, along with five sisters and three brothers.
And now I *must* go back to contemplating this wilful computer.