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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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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

Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully Organising Myself Part I

I realised recently that although I have been adding new information to my tree, I had completely forgotten to keep the spreadsheet I had spent hours on a couple of years ago updated – arrggh! The spreadsheet exercise has proved very useful in the past so I’m fairly annoyed with myself at not keeping it up. I’ll need to sit down with it at some point … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully Organising Myself Part I

Those Places Thursday.. Sutton Cheney

It was interesting this last weekend to see one of my ‘ancestral places’ on the news. Sutton Cheney in Leicestershire was the stamping ground of my MAY ancestors and was in the news as it was a stopping place for Richard III’s cortege. It has been reported that the King spent his last evening in the village and the church of St. James was where … Continue reading Those Places Thursday.. Sutton Cheney