Christmas is the time of year, when family should be near, but all the miles between us, can not bring you here. We sit around the fire with sherry and mince pies, thinking of the Christmas past and wondering of the time, that Christmas was a family time instead of distant blues, and wondering which … Continue reading Christmas is the time of year…..
I am the first to admit, I knew very little about my Dad’s family. It’s the reason I started researching my family history. The December of 1996, my hero, my Dad was in a horrific accident which would end his life the following April of 1997. Little did we know he had left, us three … Continue reading Kate Withers – 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks – Week 48
I'll never forget where I'm from. It's essential to remain humble and evolving. I feel incredibly humble and proud of my roots. Although I wish my ancestors hadn’t lived through hard times, I wouldn’t wish for them to have come from Lords and Ladies. Those amazingly strong people worked incredibly hard, they held their heads … Continue reading Moses Luke – 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks – Week 43
Southwell is a locational surname of Olde English and Anglo-Saxon pre 9th century origins. It derives from former residence at the town of Southwell in Nottinghamshire, or possibly from a place or places called originally 'sud waella', translating as the spring to the south. More interesting it’s the surname of my Husband maternal Great-Grandmother, Edith … Continue reading Catherine Southwell/Sutherell – 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks – Week 42
After a short wait and checking my inbox every two minutes, Sarah’s death certificate arrived. In truth I wasn’t convinced it was going to be the right one, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be correct. I can happily now tell you, how and when, Sarah's journey through life ended. Sarah … Continue reading Sarah Scarrott, Update.
When researching your family history you are limited to certain resources on-line, census returns, birth, marriage and death indexes, court and wills, immigration and emigration records, parish records, military records and newspaper articles. All that you pay through the nose for. It’s very expensive and time-consuming. Mistakes are made constantly, so unfortunately its better to … Continue reading Sarah Scarrott – 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks – Week 41
🎖Frank Milward Newell 1899-1918 Pas-de-Calais 🎖Harry Pearce 1874-1916 Beaumont Hamel, France 🎖Walter Pearce 1883-1916 France and Flanders 🎖Horace Lennan Willats 1894-1916 Rugeley, Staffordshire. 🎖Alton Henry Willats 1889-1917 Pas-de-Calais, France. 🎖Harry Ashley Willats 1889-1917 Battle, Sussex. 🎖David James E Willats 1898-1917 France and Flanders. 🎖James O’Connor 25 Oct 1915 The Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley Marsh, Hampshire, … Continue reading Lest We Forget
A man who works with his hands is a labourer, a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman, but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist. ~Louis Nizer (1902–1994) A few of my male ancestors were artists, their paper, wood and … Continue reading William Lye – 52 Ancestors In 52 Weeks – Week 39.
“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose them all at once; you lose them in pieces over a long time — the way the mail stops coming, and their scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in the closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts … Continue reading Joseph Newell – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 36
Although I love researching our family history, I also find it very upsetting. The lives my ancestors lived were far from easy. Most lived humble poor or working class lives, living only to pay the bills, a way of life most of us in modern times still live by. While the rich, get richer, the … Continue reading Gillian Mary Newell – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 35
The long-awaited birth and death certificates, arrived in my inbox yesterday and I can now share the information with you. Mary Ann Pointer, was born on the 29th January 1840 at Sherfield English, Hampshire, England. Her birth was registered on the 15th February 1840, by her Mother, Harriet Pointer nee Brown. Harriet signed with an … Continue reading Mary Ann, Charlotte & Tom Pointer – 52 Ancestor In 52 Weeks Update.
It’s been a while since I’ve wrote about this line of my paternal tree. This side always fascinates me as I have made so many new family connections. Throughout these connections I have made some wonderful friends, one in particular, I’m extremely grateful for the friendship that has formed. It’s uncanny how alike we are, … Continue reading Mary Ann Pointer – 52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks – Week 33
Some say, your life is already planned out for you, on the day of your birth as is your death. If this is true, why do some skip happily through and other face heartbreak, misery and struggle. Why do some deserve the easy road and others the near on impossible roads? I don’t get it. … Continue reading Charles Ridgeley/Rudge/Rudgely – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 31
Your name You got it from your father It was all he had to give So it's yours to use and cherish For as long as you may live If you lost the watch he gave you It can always be replaced; But a black mark on your name Can never be erased It was … Continue reading Andrew Rudgley/Rudge – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 27
In life we warm to some more than others, family research is no different. This weeks ancestor, holds a huge part of my heart, and even though I never met him, for some unknown reason he pulls on my heartstrings. He intrigues me and I just can’t help but love him. Maybe it’s the love, my Dad … Continue reading Frank Rudgley/Newell – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 26
The weeks seem to be moving so fast, I don’t get time to think, let alone research. With that in mind this week 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, post is going to be more than a little different. For one this ancestor is living, which throws up lots of issues to do with privacy and … Continue reading Stephen Newell – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 25
Just a little update as promised. Alfred Newell and Sarah Watts nee Tigg, marriage certificate, finally arrived. It took its time that’s for sure but I can now confirm that Alfred Newell married his second wife Sarah Emily, on the 13th March 1915, at The Abbey Congregational Church, Romsey Hampshire, England, now known as the … Continue reading Alfred Newell – Update
In life some people go well and beyond what is expected, some love whole heartedly and some are our own personal heroes, that knight in shining armour whom we all dreamed about as children. I’m extremely lucky and proud to have an ancestor who gave all he could, loved with every inch of his heart … Continue reading Alfred Newell – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 23
Yesterday we said our final goodbyes to my Grandmother, Mollie Joan Newell nee Carr. Tears were shed, a life time of memories were remembered, our family brought together, in respect for a wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Although seeing my families hearts break at our loss, it was lovely to see them all and … Continue reading Frederick Earnest Carr – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 22
Throughout this challenge, you may have noticed that I haven’t written about my Newell ancestors, today though I will break the silence, after all, Newell is my family name, my Dads name, my name. A name and family I’m extremely proud of, to be part of. In true open honesty, I’ve been in a battle … Continue reading Joseph Newell – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 20
We live in a word of documentation, knowledge at or fingertips, the government knowing every move we make, our mobile phones pinging our location to that huge data base that logs our location traveled, and while I’m not 100% convinced it’s a good thing, I understand the help it gives to find murders and crack … Continue reading Anstice Long – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 19
We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, discovering we have the strength to stare it down. (Eleanor Roosevelt) From babes in arms we dream of a hero, the soul of all souls who will make everything different, who will shine brighter than … Continue reading Harry Pearce – 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks – Week 17
Some lives are easy, some are much harder, some are unbearable, riddled with heartbreak and sadness. Sadness only a mother and father can feel or understand. Death though inevitable, is cruel beyond any of our wildest dreams. It hunts us down with all its fury, leaving only rivers of tears behind. My Great, Great-Grandparents had … Continue reading Fanny Pearce – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 16
I finally received the birth certificates for Susan Luke’s daughters, Fanny Luke and Mary Ann Luke. Both confirm that no father is named even though they were both christened as Hatcher and their father being Charles Hatcher. Fanny Luke was born on the 8th of December 1843 at Lockerley, Hampshire, England. Susan Luke registered Fanny’s … Continue reading Susan Luke Update
The weeks seem to be flying by at the moment, I can not believe we are in April already. This weeks seems to have flown by even faster for some reason and I haven't achieved anything, I'm surprised I even got this post written in time. Unfortunately I can not share all the information I … Continue reading Susan Luke – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 12
Week 10, only 42 to go. It has been a hard one this week, not the research but finding the energy to sit for hours upon hours, staring at a computer screen. When you feel a tad under the weather, its hard to stay focused, but more so, to have the willpower to carry on … Continue reading Henry Carr – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
While I was researching my great-grandmother Eva Kate Hatcher’s life for my 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks challenge, I discovered that she had a brother Caleb George Hatcher who died at 10 months old due to a fit of convolutions brought on by teething. I was absolutely horrified when I received his death certificate, I … Continue reading Caleb George Hatcher
They say every branch of your family tree will tie in with another at some point. This has proven to be case with my dads family but more shockingly they tie in many times with my husband's family. I was shocked and a little freaked out when I discovered the first interlink with Mark's family. … Continue reading Eva Kate Hatcher – 52 Weeks, 52 Ancestors.
At the weekend we were driving to a little family get together, we had to drive a different much longer route out of the hamlet we live in due to railway works, shutting the main road in and out of East and West Dean. I was talking away to my boys about the difference places … Continue reading Round of Beef – Estella Rudgely Update
Estella Rudgely - 52 Weeks, 52 Ancestors, Week 4. When my dad Christopher John Newell passed away back in 1996, I knew very little about his family, only his parents and siblings names. In truth I didn’t even know he had a sister, Gillian Mary Newell, who sadly passed away on the 18th October 1947 … Continue reading Estella Rudgely – 52 Weeks, 52 Ancestors.