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The Things we do for Love – Two Mysterious Marriages

I’ve gone about as far as I can at the moment with my Freeman ancestry, but I realised the other day that I hadn’t looked much at Mary Elizabeth Redfern’s genealogy. She is my 2x Great Grandmother who married George Frederick Freeman in 1875. From her marriage certificate I knew her father was Charles Redfern, a carrier, living in Overseal, Derbyshire. I found Charles fairly … Continue reading The Things we do for Love – Two Mysterious Marriages

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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?

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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?

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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!

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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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Motivation Monday – Filling in the Blanks

I keep a spreadsheet which helps me see at a glance which records I am missing for my direct ancestors. I’ve found it helpful in motivating me to make sure I have as much documentation of my ancestors as possible – this (hopefully!) ensures that I’m on the right track with the right family. As I’m concentrating on my Freeman side from South Derbyshire at … Continue reading Motivation Monday – Filling in the Blanks

Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…

  I’ve been trying to find some of the resources I’ve been missing for my 3x Great Grandparents, Mark Wood and Elizabeth Cope – one of these is the 1851 census return. After trying some different search techniques and filtering I finally found Mark Wood living on his own, but still noted as married, in Two Gates, Warwickshire. So where were his wife and children? … Continue reading Black Sheep Sunday – An Interesting Discovery…

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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…..

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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

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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