You might recall recently that I told you the story of my 2 x great-grandfather Henry Barnes, who was a Dock Worker all his life, a man who worked hard to provide for his family. Henry had a tough life, it was a difficult time living in the poorer quarters of London during the Victorian … Continue reading Forever Missed, But Never Forgotten
That's it, I have finally made it to the end, this is the last of sixteen blogs telling the life stories of my 2x great-grandparents! The very fact that Elizabeth McCormack is the very last one, will tell you that Elizabeth's story was maybe a little harder to tell, than some of the others, primarily … Continue reading The Incredible Journey………….
It's probably something that we don't really want to think about, our own death, but sadly as we get older there is an inevitability about it, it's that moment when you realise, "hang on a minute, I have lived more years than I have actually got left", that's when you begin to think about the … Continue reading What Will Happen When I Become a Death Certificate?
Every once in a while you stumble across a story, almost by accident and you wonder how on earth have I missed that! Well recently I did just that, whilst doing some random searches on the newspaper archives section of the FindMyPast website. It was while I was revisiting some old searches, that I found … Continue reading Was She Pushed? Did She Jump? Or Did She Fall?
My good friend Kelly Wheaton recently wrote a really thought provoking blog about how she first became interested in researching her family history and the reasons why she started on her family history journey, the link to Kelly's blog can be found here; What Got You Started in Genealogy Kelly also asked her friends to … Continue reading How it started, How it’s going……….
It feels somewhat strange setting these goals for 2022, whilst we are living with so much uncertainty in our day to day lives, but all I/we can do, is try and maintain a sense of normality, whatever normality is and try to maintain some kind of perspective with life. With that in mind I have … Continue reading New Year, New Goals
As 2021 has drawn to a close, it's that time of the year to look back and reflect on my genealogy achievements and see how I did, compared to the goals that I set myself at the beginning of the year. Several years ago I completely lost track with my genealogy research and vowed to … Continue reading My End of Year Report 2021
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?
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