Listed below are the names of 32 Firemen and 2 Firewomen who lost their lives at The Old Palace School Bombing on 20th April 1941, in the heart of the East End of London. This is still today, the largest ever loss of life for the Fire Brigade Service, at a single incident. The link … Continue reading The Old Palace School Bombing Update
After recently moving house, I was absolutely delighted to discover that there is a vast amount of history that surrounds the market town of Nantwich in Cheshire, where I live, and as someone with a keen interest in local, as well as family history, I felt compelled to tell you about “The Battle of Nantwich” … Continue reading The Battle of Nantwich
It's a simple enough question, you have found your family in all the census returns and you have captured every birth, death and marriage for your ancestors, but have you discovered everything there is to find out about them? The census returns only give you a quick snapshot of what the family were doing; in … Continue reading What Did Our Ancestors Do Between The Census Years?
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?
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
For those of you that might have missed these posts, or not seen them all, in the run up towards Christmas, I have been posting online, pictures from my childhood, things that I fondly remember growing up as a kid. It's a mixture of memories and nostalgia based on when I lived at my Nan's … Continue reading Do You Remember……..?
If you follow me online, you will have probably seen some recent posts regarding my recent house move. Over the years we haven't been prolific house movers, in fact as a family, this will only be our second move, so we are hardly experts in the whole moving process. This got me thinking about what … Continue reading Are you a City Dweller or a Townie?
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
We all have keepsakes, mementoes and family heirlooms that remain precious to us for a whole variety of reasons. From a precious trinket box, to a set of war medals, a family heirloom can mean something different to all of us. I posted this question recently online and I was amazed at the variety of … Continue reading What’s Your Favourite Family Heirloom?
Love him or hate him, the Census Enumerator is one of those unknown faces who crosses your path, almost on a daily basis, whilst you research your Family History and someone you just can't live without! But who was this mysterious character that could make you yelp with delight one minute, then cry with frustration … Continue reading The Role of the Census Enumerator