I was going to write about this subject on my other blog but, on reflection, it fits better here. “There have been refugees coming to this country for as long as records have been kept: Huguenots, Jews, French Catholics, Russians, Poles, Hungarians, Ugandan Asians… If you can’t find any in your family you’re probably not… Read More Bloggers Unite: Because everybody has the right to know where their family is
Image courtesy of foxypar4 Dulce Et Decorum Est Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs And towards our distant rest began to trudge. Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame;… Read More Pro Patria Mori
I spent this morning working in my garden and while I was out there, my mind wandered and I began to think about allotments. For the uninitiated, an allotment is an area of land which is subdivided into smaller sections which are then rented out to members of the public to use to grow fruit… Read More Did your ancestors have green fingers?
If you enjoyed my recent post about the Middles Ages, you might like to read about the work of Daniel of Beccles. In about* the 13th century, Daniel wrote Book of the Civilised Man, the first English book of social etiquette. Within it’s pages he went into great detail about the standard of behaviour expected… Read More Why one should never wee in the dining room
I have posted about the Presentment Bills of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham before, but only in passing. They are such a fascinating resource that I thought they really deserved a post of their own. What are they: The presentment bills are a collection of documents created by church wardens in the 16th and 17th centuries… Read More Presentment Bills of the Archdeaconry of Nottingham
Leonardo da Vinci – Self Portrait If you have been using the internet for any length of time, the chances are you have come across the email forward listing all sorts of horrible indignities our ancestors lived with and (in some versions) suggesting that these are the origins of modern sayings. To give you an… Read More The Middle Ages – not as smelly as you might think
In my post yesterday, I included a reference to a trial for witchcraft. Of course, the people who were executed on that occasion were not the only ones who were accused of such a crime and many people living today are descended from those who came to the attention of witch hunters. I have an… Read More Resources for finding your witches