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September 2008

Introducing the theme of Education, Guinevere looks into the history of the teaching profession and the various resources that can be used to trace teacher and pupil ancestors and Georgette examines the role of the governess.  

 Merry Monty Montgomery, Marjorie Dawn and Roger in Sussex provide stories of their academic ancestors, whilst Jill on the A272 shares with us the entries in the Victorian logbooks from the school where she works in Haywards Heath in East Sussex.

 In this issue we look at the theme of reunited families, Yummy Mummy of 2 and Gloryer share their stories, whilst Sherlockslovechild draws from his expertise providing tips and advice on tracing living people.  

 We finish the trilogy about the Bluett family from Paul Barton, Special Agent, with an article about the untimely death of Thomas Bluett in 1846 and Cath RJ shares the story of her great x4 grandmother, Ann Banton, who lived to the grand old age of 101.  Continuing the My Kind of Town and Family Treasure features, Jennie writes about her home town of Boston in Linconshire and Tom Tom explains how the memorial card of his great x4 grandmother came into his possession.


The rich have always believed in the value of education and there were schools in England from as early as the 14th Century. These early schools were intended to prepare boys for entry into the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Education and religion were...

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The Governess

What were women and girls from genteel backgrounds supposed to do if they fell on hard times and had to earn a living? Into this category often fell the daughters of lesser clergymen, young widows and daughters of impoverished gentlemen. The only occupation that they...

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School Logbooks

In the archive cupboard at St Wilfrid’s School, Haywards Heath, East Sussex, is a shelf of old logbooks in varying states of repair, together with some old school exercise books. The logbooks were kept by the past Headmasters of the school and date from 1863. There...

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Henry Robert Clark was my great grandfather and was born in 1854 in Bristol. I have always been unsure as to how Henry started down the path to becoming a schoolmaster; his father was a factory worker and all his grandparents, and those before them, had been...

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Towards the end of the nineteenth century, both my grandmothers went to the local school and when they were old enough were sent away to board for a short time at a young ladies boarding school where they learnt the three Rs, needlework, music and possibly French. My...

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Check the other names

If you find one of your relations away at school on a census, it is well worth looking at the names of the other pupils. On the same page as Ethel Louise de Fraine in 1901, I had spotted a Dorothy Emily Gillett. There are many Gilletts around and not all are connected...

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Pupil of Ongar Academy

My interest in family history was first awakened many years ago while I was still a teenager, when my grandfather told me that as a child he had lived for some time in Epping with his grandparents. From census returns and BMD records I believe this to have been when...

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Ann Banton

I am often asked what started off my interest in family history. It was the photograph shown here, together with an article, which appears to be from a church magazine or almanac, which I found in my late mother’s effects. Since I had never come across this surname...

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The death of Thomas Bluett

In the August issue we published the story of Thomas Bluett and his work as a lithographic printer in New Zealand. After he left his wife Mary destitute in Hong Kong, she returned to England in 1845, and Paul wrote about her nightmarish voyage for the April issue....

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Family reunited

After my dad died in 2006, my sister and I had to sort out his bungalow. While doing this we found an assortment of old photographs from the 1940s and 1950s, some of which had names and dates on the back. I knew from what my dad had said that some of the family were...

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I found my grandmother

I started my family research almost five years ago with a short course of adult education called ‘How to Trace your History on the Net’. I wasn’t really interested in family history, but it was the only course which fitted in with my work pattern at the time. However,...

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Memorial card

My family treasure is something that has only recently come into my family, by which time it was nearly 150 years old. It was a nice warm sunny day in August 2006 when I visited Coleorton Parish Church in Leicestershire, for the first time. I remember walking up the...

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When you say to people the name of my home town, Boston, the first thing they think of is the parish church, St Botolphs, otherwise known as ‘The Stump’. Built in the 12th century, this is the largest parish church in England, with the tower (or 'stump') being 272ft...

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