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Answers and Questions

I started doing family tree research in the late 1970s, although I had always been interested in hearing the family stories since I was a small child. Once I got researching, I found that Mum’s maternal ancestors were something of a mystery wrapped in a shroud...

With a Little Help from My Friends

My husband’s grandma was talking to my husband one day when it was mentioned that I was never to research her side of the family. This threw us and we couldn’t understand why! “There was no father recorded.” My husband said that he wanted me to...

Blacksmiths

I have blacksmiths in my family tree dating back to c1600 when John Dunwell either took over or set up the smithy in the small village of Kirk Deighton in Yorkshire. Opposite the smithy stood the ‘Bay Horse Inn’ and the village green. The hotel stands to...

The Whiteinch Murder

O}n Saturday 13th September 1902, whilst John Bleakley was at sea, his only daughter Sarah Jane was murdered by her husband, Patrick Leggett. All the papers reported the story at the time and it was known as ‘The Whiteinch Murder’. The final page from the...