The Forgotten Uncle – Clark Thomson

Keep Your Kin Up

When I started researching my family history, my main aim was to learn more about my dad’s early life and find out about my grandparents.

In the process, I began to realise just how many lives are attached to my family tree. Each branch that I looked at uncovered long-forgotten great aunts and uncles and distant cousins. I decided there were just too many for me to investigate fully, so I decided I would set them aside and come back to them later.

However, one name caught my attention right from the start, Clark Thomson. Initially, I was intrigued by the name. Clark is not a common first name in Scotland. I wondered why I wasn’t aware that my Dad had an Uncle Clark. Surely, I would have remembered hearing that name. I found myself wondering where it had come from and why no one seemed to have heard of…

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#52Ancestors Week 43 ‘Quite the Character’

Welcome to Week 43 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 'Quite The Character'. So let me tell you a little bit about ‘Uncle Albert’………….. People always use the term ‘He’s the Life and … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 43 ‘Quite the Character’

How to Build a Research Plan — Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Research can be defined as “a detailed study of a subject, especially in order to discover (new) information or reach a (new) understanding“ https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/research As family historians, we are constantly trying to discover new information and reach new understandings – it is inherent in what we do. But how should we go about uncovering new […]How … Continue reading How to Build a Research Plan — Seeing the Wood for the Trees

The Life and Times of Paul Chiddicks Part 1 The School Years

Welcome to my story.............. After badgering my Family History buddies for ages, about the importance of writing up your own story, as well as those of your Ancestors, I thought it was about time I actually did something about this myself! It feels a bit weird really, almost like writing your own obituary, at least … Continue reading The Life and Times of Paul Chiddicks Part 1 The School Years