Before the start of WW1, the British Army comprised of approximately 700,000 men of which 250,000 were regulars, 250,000 territorials and 200,000 reservists. By the end of WW1, it’s estimated that 8.7 million men and women had served in the British Army. So, the chances of you having an ancestor who served in WW1 is … Continue reading How to Research a WW1 Soldier
Welcome to Part 3, of the truly remarkable story of the Tragic Fatality at Lower House Farm, if you haven't read Parts 1 and 2 the links are here: Part 1 Part 2 From one original newspaper report, I have managed to uncover an extraordinary story, that has continued to grow and amaze me, as … Continue reading The Tragic Fatality at Lower House Farm Part 3
Welcome to Week 44 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 'Scary Stuff'. This year has been like no other in my lifetime, with the unprecedented scenes that we have all witnessed around the … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 44 ‘Scary Stuff’
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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Welcome to Week 42 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 'Proud'. So who am I proud of? Well of course, every single one of my Ancestors! From the old to the young, the … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 42 ‘Proud’
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
When I studied history at school I was introduced to the concept of sources. There were exactly three types: Primary Source “An artifact, document, diary, manuscript, autobiography, recording, or any other source of information that was created at the time under study. It serves as an original source of information about the topic.” Primary source, […]Understanding … Continue reading Understanding Genealogical Sources — Seeing the Wood for the Trees
At the grand old age of 102, I can safely say that Henry William Goode is my oldest recorded Ancestor, so let me tell you a little bit more about my 2 x Great Uncle Henry. Henry William Goode was born on 21st April 1874 in Bushey in Hertfordshire, the seventh oldest, of eight children … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 40 ‘Oldest’ The Life and Times of Henry William Goode Aged 102
Welcome to Week 35 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 'Unforgettable'. I started tracing my Family History in the late 1990’s, back when the Internet was in its infancy and home computers were … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 35 ‘Unforgettable’