Boot and shoe makers in my family history

An Unexpected Family Birthplace Mystery Solved!

  When I found my 3x Great Grandfather William Freeman in the 1851 census, I was surprised to see that his eldest son, John, was born in Stockport, Cheshire. The family had no connections there and their ancestry seemed well rooted in the Netherseal/Overseal area of South Derbyshire. I’d not been able to find a marriage for William and his wife Elizabeth around the Derbyshire … Continue reading An Unexpected Family Birthplace Mystery Solved!

My ancestry

Interesting Ancestry at the Derbyshire Record Office

I spent a day at the Derbyshire Record Office last week with the intention of searching for the Freeman side of my family tree in the non-conformist registers. From my memories of my Grandparents I knew they were Methodist and had their genealogical roots in Overseal, South Derbyshire. The relevant registers have not been filmed or digitised so I was able to browse through the … Continue reading Interesting Ancestry at the Derbyshire Record Office

My Genealogy

Motivation Monday – Filling in the Blanks

I keep a spreadsheet which helps me see at a glance which records I am missing for my direct ancestors. I’ve found it helpful in motivating me to make sure I have as much documentation of my ancestors as possible – this (hopefully!) ensures that I’m on the right track with the right family. As I’m concentrating on my Freeman side from South Derbyshire at … Continue reading Motivation Monday – Filling in the Blanks

My family history

Black Sheep Sunday… Larceny

  In my previous post I had found my 3x Great Grandmother Elizabeth Wood (nee Cope) languishing in prison, with her young daughter, in 1851. I was pretty keen to find out how she’d ended up in prison. I turned to the British Library newspaper collection at Find My Past to see if I could find any court appearances for Elizabeth. I found not one, but two, both … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday… Larceny

Wordless Wednesday – A Great Read

This amazing book relates the history of the author’s family in the Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire. I think it would be of interest to any family historian and especially to those who lived around this area.  The period covering the miner’s strike brought back such memories – not good ones. As this is a Wordless Wednesday post I’m not going to go into detail, but … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – A Great Read

Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…

  I’ve been trying to find some of the resources I’ve been missing for my 3x Great Grandparents, Mark Wood and Elizabeth Cope – one of these is the 1851 census return. After trying some different search techniques and filtering I finally found Mark Wood living on his own, but still noted as married, in Two Gates, Warwickshire. So where were his wife and children? … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…