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
Was She Pushed? Did She Jump? Or Did She Fall?
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?
How It Started, How It’s Going……….
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……….
Digging Deep to Find My Roots
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
Every Voice Matters
As family historians we are accustomed to telling the stories of our ancestors and breathing life into the historic documents that we discover, whilst researching our family trees. Many of us are natural story tellers and the way in which we tell those stories is different for all of us. The important thing to remember … Continue reading Every Voice Matters
Are you a Bishop or a King?
This is the 12th in my series of blogs that recounts the wonderful lives of my 2 x Great Grandparents, so sit back pour yourself a drink and see how much I struggled to untangle the mysteries of Elizabeth Bishop and her family. Elizabeth was one of those difficult and frustrating Ancestors to research and … Continue reading Are you a Bishop or a King?
#52Ancestors Week 48 “Gratitude’
Welcome to Week 48 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 'Gratitude'. I have always had a passion for History and probably like a lot of people in their mid 20’s, I hadn’t really … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 48 “Gratitude’
#52Ancestors Week 45 ‘Bearded’
Welcome to Week 45 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 'Bearded'. Nothing complicated for me this week, ‘Two Great Beards’ for you this week.......... My 2 x Great Grandfather Matthew Chiddicks seated on … Continue reading #52Ancestors Week 45 ‘Bearded’
Great-Grandad’s World War 1 Medals Framed
After such a long time, I have finally had my Great-Grandfathers WW1 Medals Professionally Framed. To say that I am pleased with the outcome is an under statement, I am truly blown away by how amazing the frame and Medals look. This is without doubt one of my proudest ‘Family History’ moments. It was a … Continue reading Great-Grandad’s World War 1 Medals Framed
#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’