We have reached week 13, in the wonderful Genealogy challenge set by Amy Johnson Crow, to write something about your Ancestor’s for a whole year, hashtag 52Ancestors in 52 weeks.
This week our theme is “Nearly Forgotten”, which we can interpret in lots of different ways. When I was a “novice” Family History Researcher, at the start of my Family History journey I made the classic “schoolboy error” and actually missed one of my close Ancestors completely!
Let me explain how and why…….
Like a lot of people, when I set off, all those years ago, I initially followed my Direct male line and with a surname like mine, “Chiddicks”, it was quite easy to get back before Civil Registration had started (1837) and stretch into Parish Records. I then expanded my direct line, by including all the sibling’s and before I knew it, my tree was growing quite nicely. Several years later, more than I am embarrassed to admit, whilst doing another search on the Free BMD site, I found a birth for a Louisa Alice Chiddicks, born in South Ockendon, Essex in 1897, a further search quickly revealed a death for poor Louisa in the same quarter. I noted both details down, but couldn’t find a suitable “fit” into my family, although it was exactly the right area that my family had lived. Eventually curiosity got the better of me and I ordered the Birth Certificate, boy was I in for a surprise!
Louisa Alice Chiddicks was in fact my Grandfather’s oldest Sister and the first born child of William Chiddicks and Caroline Rosina Chiddicks, so how did I miss her I hear you all shout!! I made the classic “schoolboy error” of finding William and Caroline’s Marriage, dated April 3rd 1897 and counted forwards 9 Months before I started looking for their children! Poor Louisa Alice Chiddicks was born 20th August 1897. I will let you do the Maths on that one!
So that’s how I completely missed poor Louisa Alice Chiddicks and she was “Nearly Forgotten”.
I still have a real soft spot for Louisa, not only because of this, but also that she died so young and in such tragic circumstances. Louisa will always hold a special place in my heart now and her story will never be forgotten.