One of my Genealogy goals this year, is to try and complete the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow’s wonderful challenge of writing about 52 Ancestors over 52 weeks. This week’s topic is “close to home”. My first thought was to my own Grandfather Horace Frank Chiddicks. There is so much to my Dear old Grandads story … Continue reading #52Ancestors “Close to Home”
This is the sixth in my series of blogs, writing the biographies and life stories of my eight Great-Grandparents, next up is Caroline Rosina Keyes (Granny Chiddicks). Caroline Rosina Keyes was born 9th September 1875, she was the first child of Joseph Keyes and Elizabeth Keyes nee Bishop. She was born in Grays in Essex … Continue reading The Life and Times of Caroline Rosina Keyes
This is the fourth in my biographies about the lives of my eight great-grandparents, next up is John Edwin Barnes. John Edwin Barnes was one of the first Ancestors that I researched, in real detail and he is someone who will always hold a special place in my heart, due to the fact he was … Continue reading The Life and Times of John Edwin Barnes
How can we protect the burial sites and graveyards from future developments and how do we ensure that the remains of those loved ones are treated with both dignity and respect? This is a topic that is close to my heart as I have previously lead a campaign myself, against a Developer being granted planning … Continue reading Grave Danger!
So what do you think the future holds for us "Genealogists"? Where do we see the future of our hobby, record keeping and archives, or is there even a future? Anybody who has been researching their tree for around twenty years will never have envisaged how the shape of researching your family tree would look … Continue reading So What does the future hold?
The attached pictures are of the Helles Memorial, Turkey and show the name of my 2 x Great-grandfather John Edwin Barnes. John Edwin Barnes served as a Private in the First World War in the Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion, Serial number 8987. He was killed in action in Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April 1915. His … Continue reading Helles Memorial Gallipoli
You just never know what gems you might uncover in the British Newspaper archives, so why not have a look see what mysteries you might discover about your own family. Here are just two of many about the Chiddicks boys and the mischief they got up to! From Newspaper Article dated December 12th 1856: … Continue reading Newspaper Reports