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

Wordless Wednesday – People

A few more people from Great-Aunt Joy’s photo albums. I’d be very grateful for any information on the people in these photos as I am only able to identify a few of them myself.   Eric ? East Africa 1943 Frank ? Cairo 1942 George ? 1943   George ? and Frank ? Cyprus 1944   Kingy Leslie ? Nov. 1940 Mr. Grice. Royal Observer … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday – People

Thankful Thursday

I’m very thankful for a large parcel that arrived one day last week. I’ve posted before about my Great Aunt Joy who emigrated to Australia – she gave me a Nottingham lace bedspread some years ago, which was designed by her Grandfather William Bucknall. Sadly Auntie Joy passed away in July last year at the grand age of 90. She and her husband, Don, my … Continue reading Thankful Thursday

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Part II

Following on from my last post which mentioned my heirloom Nottingham lace bedspread, I have managed to find out a little more about William Bucknall, the man who designed it. The son of William Bucknall and Henrietta Litchfield, William Jnr was born in Radford, Nottingham in 1861. Both his father William Snr and his paternal grandfather George were lacemakers from Beeston. William Jnr’s early years … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Part II

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace

Last week I attended an event at Debbie Bryan’s shop in the Lace Market area of Nottingham. Called Communities Interrupted – Preserving Oral Histories of Laceworkers, it was an opportunity to record memories of lace workers & share family stories. I took along the beautiful Nottingham lace bedspread, which had been passed on to me by my Great Aunt Joy. The bedspread is around 100 … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Makers

If you have traced your ancestors back to Nottingham in the census years of 1841 to 1911, it is highly likely that you will have come across lace making as an occupation. My three main lace making families are the Oldhams, who worked in Calais during the 1860s as well as Nottingham, the Jowetts and the Bucknalls. Looking through the census returns for these families, … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace Makers

Time Consuming Research

We’re now three episodes into the ninth series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ on BBC1.  They’ve all been good so far; I particularly liked Gregg Wallace’s episode and how the research uncovered a much deeper story than the one passed down through his family. But the programme does tend to give a distorted view of how difficult and slow genealogical research can be.  The celebs turn up at … Continue reading Time Consuming Research