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The Rendcombe Tragedy

This is an account of how I used census information, newspaper reports, assizes papers and websites as well as records offices, to trace the tragedy of William Mealing and his fiancée Sarah Moss in 1862 in Rendcombe, a small village in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds....

My Police Ancestors

Since I have several relatives who have been on the wrong side of the law, it is a relief to know that I also had people on the right side too! My grandfather Jeuel Jabez Gray, was too short to be a policeman, but he had five brothers that were and yet another brother...

The Singing Conductor

My dad died 18 years ago. I miss him more every day. Yes, he was infuriating, but he had a fantastic sense of humour and introduced me to classical music and the beauty of the spoken word – he would quote Shakespeare quite naturally in conversation. Not bad for...

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2009

I was fortunate in being offered a free ticket from, and having the company of, Anne in North London for this show, which was held at London Olympia from the 26th to the 28th of February 2009. The show consisted of a main hall with large stalls for popular genealogy...

The Ripper Suspect

My great grandfather, Charles Williams, was widowed and left with seven children in 1906. He remarried in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, in 1907, and as I knew nothing about my step great grandmother, Kate, I set out to discover more about her by firstly obtaining...