The online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, receives a lot of criticism for inaccuracy. To an extent this criticism is warranted, there are some bogus entries. However, Wikipedia is a good starting point for further research. It is particularly useful for adding background to your research because of it’s pages devoted to the events of specific years, or… Read More That Was A Year That Was
This song will be familiar to anyone who was around during World War 2. It was a favourite of my maternal grandmother and she played it so often my younger brother became quite taken with it. As soon as he heard the opening bars he would jig about in time (or so he thought) to… Read More Some Weekend Muzak
My great, great, great, great grandfather, James Thomas Shipley was born on the island of St Marys in the Isles of Scilly in 1805. Like his father John Shipley, James worked as a gig pilot, a perilous job which involved rowing out to sea to meet incoming ships, climbing aboard – often using nothing more… Read More Isles of Scilly – a place my ancestors called home
Are you familiar with old (17th century) Dutch, or old English place names? If the answer to either question is yes, please pop over to this thread on the Ancestry message boards and share your wisdom about the meaning of the sentence “van Absin in Engelt”. It appears to mean ‘from Absin in England’. If… Read More Family History Mystery – Can You Help?
There are numerous websites which offer members the facility to upload a gedcom file and create an online family tree, so some might ask whether there is any point to creating and maintaining a stand alone blog or website. I say yes, and this is why: 1) Visibility: It’s more likely to be found. I’ve… Read More 5 Reasons why a family historian needs a blog or website
The Genealogue published an interesting post yesterday about the origin of the name of the Christmas Mountains in the US. The ironic thing about the theories is that one sounds quite reasonable, the other like the opening scenes of a horror film, but the latter is most likely to be true! Here in the UK,… Read More Don’t laugh, someone lives there
The lady in the photo above is my great, great, great grandmother, Mary Anne Renham who was born in Cambridgeshire in 1820. I think this photo was taken sometime in the 1860s by which point she had been married to my great, great, great grandfather, Charles Gilby for over 20 years. Mary had quite a… Read More Meet the Family – Mary Anne Renham