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Accidentally Killed

When you first start researching your ancestors, it is often fairly easy to get back to the early-to-mid 19th century using birth, marriage and death certificates in conjunction with census information. To get back to generations that pre-date ‘official’...

Uncovering Uncomfortable Truths

I have always felt that a branch of my family had secrets locked away, maybe a bit of bigamy or criminal past, something juicy to get my teeth into, a bit of a joke really. But there is that saying ‘be careful what you wish for’. Over the last few years, I have been...

Destitute and Desperate

My most disturbing family history story is that of my 4x great grandfather, John Brammer, who hung himself after becoming destitute.  John Brammer was the second of three sons born to John and Sarah Brammer, and was baptised on 3rd July 1774 at St Wulfrem’s Church,...

Of Sparrow Hawk and Ladybirds

A cause of curiosity to all and horror to some, I have a battered glass case in my living room containing a stuffed sparrow hawk with her bullfinch prey.  Their theatrical heathland backdrop has been torn apart to reveal layers of Victorian small ads for, for...

Genealogy is all about sharing

Spring 2010Towards a World War Wo kam er her? (Where did he come from?) A Family History in Central Europe My Shocking Discovery Historical Thrills and Spills Accidentally Killed Uncovering Uncomfortable Truths Destitute and Desperate Of Sparrow Hawk and Ladybirds...

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness … or not!

Like many of us, I should have started my research many years previously when those close to me were still alive. My father died in 1988 and by the late 1990s, when I embarked on this absorbing hobby, my mother could remember very little about my father’s...