I’ve been concentrating on my Freeman side of the family for a while, partly because it’s a branch I haven’t previously paid much attention to but mainly because I’ve recently reconnected with my cousins (first cousins, once removed) on that side and I want to see what I could unearth for them too. I feel like I’ve gone as far with them as I can … Continue reading New Freeman Family Branch to Explore – What Will I Find?
Three vintage photos of the family’s dogs from the 1930s: Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – Because Dogs Are Family Too!
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?
A family day at the seaside for my Great Aunt Joy in 1948. These were taken at Branksome Chine, in Bournemouth, Dorset and include some very dodgy beachwear! Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – Happy Days at the Seaside in Vintage Style
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
The model village in Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire. Photos taken by my Great Aunt Joy in 1950. Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – A Model Village in the Cotswolds
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…
A visit to Castle Combe in Wiltshire, for my Great Aunt Joy in 1950. Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – Castle Combe, Wiltshire
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!
More vintage photos from my Great Aunt Joy’s albums. A very happy chap at the seaside in August 1952! Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – Happy Days at the Seaside, 1950s Style