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William Braidford 1842-1918

As many of my Braidford relatives have discovered, the delight of researching an ancestor with an unusual surname can soon turn to despair. Church officials, enumerators and registrars of the early 19th century struggled with spelling, making any traces of the...

Elswick Lead Works

I suppose many of us have found odd coincidences between our lives and those of our distant relatives. As a young accountant I worked for a company that operated several factories processing lead and making lead based products, which I had to visit. One that I visited...

The Rise of Barrow in Furness

The magazine’s theme over the last three months has been about the Industrial Revolution, and three aspects in particular – textiles, transport and coal and the iron and steel industry. Whilst Barrow owes much to the iron industry, it would not have grown from a...

The 1911 Census

April 2009Iron, steel and coal The Wandering Allenders Pit Brow Lasses Fatality at Scotswood A Dirty Secret? William Braidford 1842-1918 Elswick Lead Works The Rise of Barrow in Furness The 1911 Census Skeleton by marriage? Found in 1911 Who Do You Think You Are? Live...

Skeleton by marriage?

April 2009Iron, steel and coal The Wandering Allenders Pit Brow Lasses Fatality at Scotswood A Dirty Secret? William Braidford 1842-1918 Elswick Lead Works The Rise of Barrow in Furness The 1911 Census Skeleton by marriage? Found in 1911 Who Do You Think You Are? Live...

Found in 1911

The 1911 census has solved one of my long outstanding mysteries. I clicked on the request for other members of the household of my great grandmother’s sister, Harriet, and there was an older Harriet there too – it HAD to be their mother, aged 70! That branch is...