It’s been a while since I posted here. My apologies for that. My only excuse is that summer seems to have arrived in the UK so I’m enjoying it while I can – it could all go away as quickly as it arrived. I’m just popping in to share the url of a site which… Read More Finding ancestors who went to the US.
Click image to see larger map I have noticed that, on the whole, my ancestors did not move around a great deal and tended to marry people who lived within a 10 mile radius of their home. While this isn’t always the case, this knowledge can be useful when it comes to finding alternative locations… Read More How Google Maps can help eliminate false leads
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?
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
During the course of my research into the origins of my family I discovered that I have a very strong connection with the county of Nottinghamshire. This came as something of a surprise because I had never heard any mention of Nottingham amongst my immediate family, and I had always thought that particular branch came… Read More I can see why they changed the name
The village of Gilby was located close to Pilham in Lincolnshire. No longer in existance, it was classified as a Scheduled Monument in 1999. The village was formed early in the 12th century, and appears to have been largely agricultural. By the 18th century the population had dwindled, and the village had largely disappeared by… Read More Gilby village, Lincolnshire