Gravestone of Ann Grundy in Lincoln, England

Rounding Up the Redferns

Following on from my last post about the Redfern branch of my family tree, I thought I’d check what other information I’m missing for them, before moving on.  For Charles Redfern , my 3x Great Grandfather, I was missing his death and burial. I knew he was still alive in the 1881 census, but I’d failed to find him in 1891. I found his wife, … Continue reading Rounding Up the Redferns

Baptism record my family tree

New Freeman Family Branch to Explore – What Will I Find?

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?

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…

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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

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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


My Ancestry DNA

I was very pleased to receive an Ancestry DNA test for Christmas, I’d decided on it when it was on offer during the ‘Black Friday’ weekend. I’d done one some years ago; an mtDNA test which only looks at the female line. At the time, this was the only test available for women and although the results were interesting the genealogical matches that it threw … Continue reading My Ancestry DNA

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Climbing Another Branch…

Filling in my large family tree chart has revealed the branches of my tree that I haven’t yet researched in any depth, so I’ve decided to concentrate on one of these branches for a while to see what I can discover. I have begun this with my great grandfather William Frederick Freeman (1878-1951). From his marriage certificate I know he married Elizabeth Ann Wood (c1882-1935) … Continue reading Climbing Another Branch…


Friday’s Faces From The Past

I kept in touch with my Great-Aunt Joy in Australia for many years via airmail. She also had penfriends in many different countries that she’d been corresponding with for many years. I’ve found quite a few photos of them in her albums so I thought I’d share a few via this blog. I have no information on any of her friends, other than what Joy … Continue reading Friday’s Faces From The Past

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Motivation Monday – I Need It!

I’ve been using the Roots Magic program to record my research progress and store all the information I’ve accrued for several years.  I’ve found it really useful with some great features such as a clear layout , colour coding, good search capabilities and is easy to use. The recent additions of Roots Magic to Go followed by an app have been great for use away … Continue reading Motivation Monday – I Need It!