Samuel Squelch Shakespeare - my family tree

Is This the Best Name in my Family Tree?

I spent some time looking at the wider Shakespeare side of my ancestry when I was trying to work out the Stockport and Baptist connections. My 4x Great-Grandparents William Freeman and Elizabeth (née Shakespeare) had been in Stockport, Cheshire with Elizabeth’s older brother Samuel at the time of their marriage so I had a quick look at Samuel’s family. I discovered that he had married a … Continue reading Is This the Best Name in my Family Tree?

Mixed up letters, family tree record transcriptions

Tuesday’s Tip – How To Find Your Ancestors

It’s not easy to find your ancestors on Ancestry or Find My Past if their names have been mistranscribed from the records. Here’s a couple of examples from my family tree:               So searching for a surname in all these cases didn’t find the family I was looking for. But there are ways round this if your searches have … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip – How To Find Your Ancestors

Mark Wood's character according to his military career. Genealogical record

Military Monday – You’re In the Army Now…

  In a previous blog post I’d discovered that my Great-great Grandfather Mark Wood was in the Coldstream Guards at the time of his marriage in 1877. It was a bit of a surprise to find this as none of his family members had any military connections as far as I can see. A check on Ancestry’s Fold site revealed Mark as a deserter in 1878 … Continue reading Military Monday – You’re In the Army Now…

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