We all have that one elusive ancestor on our trees that is difficult to find and for many different reasons, they just don’t want to be found. For as long as I can remember, one of my 2 x Great-Grandparents identities has been unknown to me, the father's name of Marguerite Longland Lukes was 'missing' … Continue reading Digging Deep to Find My Roots
I recently wrote a reply to a question raised on social media by my genealogy buddy Natalie Pithers from Genealogy Stories At the time, like most of the things we write on social media, I wrote exactly what I felt at that moment in time, from the heart, but as I paused and stopped to think … Continue reading What Makes You Feel Connected?
Sometimes you stumble across a story that restores your faith in humanity and kindness and it stays with you for a long time. I first heard about this story online and it has stuck with me for a number of years now and I wanted to share it with you. It's a very simple story, … Continue reading Tell Me a Story that Restores Your Faith in Human Kindness
This is the 13th in my series of blogs documenting the lives and more importantly, telling the stories of my 2 x Great-Grandparents. By the very nature of the fact that these are the last few of my 2 x Great-Grandparents stories, will tell you that these have been by far the hardest to complete. … Continue reading Sitting on the Dock of The Bay……
Never did I imagine when I asked the question, "What's your favourite heirloom?", Just how popular this would be! I have received so many wonderful new photographs and stories about your ancestors' family heirlooms that it would be remiss of me, not to share them all with you! These heirlooms really are as diverse and … Continue reading What’s Your Favourite Family Heirloom Part 2
We all have keepsakes, mementoes and family heirlooms that remain precious to us for a whole variety of reasons. From a precious trinket box, to a set of war medals, a family heirloom can mean something different to all of us. I posted this question recently online and I was amazed at the variety of … Continue reading What’s Your Favourite Family Heirloom?
Love him or hate him, the Census Enumerator is one of those unknown faces who crosses your path, almost on a daily basis, whilst you research your Family History and someone you just can't live without! But who was this mysterious character that could make you yelp with delight one minute, then cry with frustration … Continue reading The Role of the Census Enumerator
I am pleased to announce the launch of my new website dedicated to the memory of the 34 firefighters who sadly lost their lives at the Old Palace School Bombing during WW2. The website is in its infancy, but over the coming months, you will hopefully be able to follow me and watch it grow. … Continue reading My New Website is……oldpalaceschoolbombing.com
I recently posted a question online that had been puzzling me for some time. "What name do we give ourselves when we refer to our hobby and what we do? Are you a Genealogist or a Family Historian, or something entirely different?" Is there actually a difference and at the end of the day, does … Continue reading Are you a Genealogist or Family Historian?