Very little was passed down to my father from his father. However, there was one item, even though most of the time it was either hidden away in a cupboard or occasionally brought out and dusted off. It was the Family Bible, large, heavy, old and musty. I never really took much notice of it … Continue reading How I got into researching ancestral family trees
It was 1895 when my Great Grandmother died on the birth of her last child. That left my Great Grandfather to care for the children that were still at home. It was at this time that his sister-in-law appeared on the scene to help with their upbringing. The other marriage* that i discovered penned at … Continue reading My next task!
The deciphering of handwriting or Palaeography is quite an art. Transcribing the written word is not always easy, especially that of pre 1900. However, over time and many years studying census records, parish records and generally any old documents, you get accustomed to the diverse amount of styles. Not to forget, of course, that knowing … Continue reading Handwriting!
Opening the Family Bible to the centre pages, you will find all the entries written by my Great Grandfather. The second page lists all the births, from 1877 to 1895. Reading down i counted ten children, two of these had died very young, just babies really. The other eight names were known to me, being … Continue reading The Family Bible tells all!
Cast your mind back to the 1980s. There was no internet for the public! To start your own family search, it would involve word of mouth, letters and making lots of phone calls. If you thought you had made a discovery, then using that name, the first port of call was the Telephone Directory. That … Continue reading Researching ancestry without the Internet