Welcome to week 29 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks. This week’s prompt is ‘newsworthy’ and newspapers in my opinion are one of the most under utilised resources for Genealogists, you will hear me say that time and time again.
I will share with you two instances where my Chiddicks Family made the newspapers for entirely the wrong reasons, but just goes to show how such seemingly small and insignificant stories, made the newspapers ‘back in the day’.
Reported in the Chelmsford Chronicle dated 24th August 1883
“Matthew Chiddicks, South Ockendon fined 5s for neglecting to send his children to school”
Reported in The Essex Standard 12th December 1856
“James Salmon and Samuel Chiddick, boys of South Ockendon, were summoned by Charles Sturgeon, Farmer, for throwing fireworks on the public highway on 5th November and fined 1s Costs 7s, in default 7 days.”
So you just never know what you might find hidden away in the Newspapers, good or bad, it’s all part of the fabric that makes us who we are today.