He’s Football Crazy, He’s Football Mad…..

A professional footballer in the family…   Following my 2x Great-Uncle Charles Redfearn Freeman forwards in the census returns I was surprised to find him in 1911, lodging with the Skinner family in Fulham & his occupation noted as footballer. In fact, Charles was one of five footballers lodging with the Skinners at this time, all playing for Chelsea FC. It piqued my curiosity so … Continue reading He’s Football Crazy, He’s Football Mad…..

Further Back With The Wood Family

  Continuing from my previous blog post – I ordered the marriage certificate for Mark Wood and Elizabeth Ann Woolford. I got quite a surprise when it arrived – Mark, my 2x great-grandfather – was a private in the Coldstream Guards! I had wondered what he was doing in Kensington and how he came to marry there and now I know. The certificate also gives … Continue reading Further Back With The Wood Family

Freeman & Wood – Two Birth Certificates

So the two birth certificates I ordered have arrived, quite quickly I have to say. I’d ordered the PDF versions; they have to be downloaded from the GRO website once they’ve arrived in your account. They cost £6 each as opposed to paper copies which arrive in the post and cost £9.25. The downside is that the PDF versions aren’t certified copies, so they aren’t … Continue reading Freeman & Wood – Two Birth Certificates

The Freeman & Wood Family.

Following on from my previous post, I decided to follow my 3x Great-grandfather Mark Wood (1856-1901) backwards through the census returns to see if I could locate him with his wife & before that with his parents. I’d previously found Mark Wood in the 1901 census return, living with his wife, Mary Jane and six of their nine children, in Linton, Derbyshire. The census confirms … Continue reading The Freeman & Wood Family.

My Ancestry DNA

My results came through a couple of weeks ago and they’ve proved interesting. My ethnicity hasn’t thrown up any surprises & is pretty nondescript actually. I was hoping for something a little further afield from home as a good excuse for a holiday but it looks like I’ve missed out there! I’m a little disappointed with the number of matches that have no family tree … Continue reading My Ancestry DNA

William Carey Freeman (1848-1875)

  The sad death of my 2x Great-uncle, William Carey Freeman following an accident in a coal pit. I’d noticed he had died at a young age from the BMD records  and had decided to search for an inquest report in the local papers rather than ordering the death certificate. It sounds like an awful, but avoidable accident, the poor man died six months afterwards at … Continue reading William Carey Freeman (1848-1875)