The Troublesome Oldhams ….

I started looking at my Nottinghamshire based Oldham family back in 2012 and came up against a bit of a brick wall. My Great Grandmother was Alice Oldknow Oldham the daughter of William Oldknow Oldham (1854-1886), the son of Thomas Oldknow Oldham (c1834-1904). My problem has been in finding a baptism for Thomas – there just isn’t one! In the 1841 Census he is living … Continue reading The Troublesome Oldhams ….

A Sad Loss in the Richardson Family

My grandfather, Fred Richardson was an only child. When I was younger I heard mention that his parents, Ernest and Alice, had had other children who died early or were stillborn.  I wanted to find out if there was any truth in this, but there are sooo many Richardson babies born in Nottingham between Ernest and Alice’s wedding in 1909 and her death in 1927. … Continue reading A Sad Loss in the Richardson Family

Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

I’ve recently been searching for my Oldham family in Calais, France. My 3xgreatgrandparents Thomas Oldham and Harriet (nee Winfield) and their sons William and Thomas are missing from the 1861 UK census, but reappear on the 1871 census with five more children, all born in Calais between 1861 and 1870. The Archives of Pas-de-Calais had already sent me copies of the birth registrations, which reveal … Continue reading Workday Wednesday – Nottingham Lace in Calais

Fearless Females

Posted as part of Lisa Alzo’s  ‘31 Blogging Prompts to Mark Women’s History Month.’ 11th March. Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family? The Richardson side of my family has three generations of mothers who died at a young age. My 3x Great Grandmother, Hannah Richardson died in 1857, in … Continue reading Fearless Females