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Hello and welcome to Walking with Ancestors.  I am Beth, a Mum to 4 and a bit of a family history enthusiast.  I was born and bred in the South Wales Valleys, I now live just off the M4 corridor, not far from the Second Severn Bridge.

I have been researching my family history since March 2007 and have discovered many brick walls, uncovered a few skeletons that it was hoped would remain in the closet for some people.  I don’t simply collect dates… I enjoy delving into the story behind the dates… my ancestors social situation, how they lived, where they worked.  Sometimes, though, I am guilty of wistful thinking.  The one thing I have taken from family history research though – is that a family tree is NEVER complete.  Not only can you keep on adding generations to come, but with each new ancestor discovered comes a group of children and, therefore, new family.

Brought up in South Wales, I always believed my roots were here.  Surprisingly, by the time I reached my Great Grandparents, I had already been taken out of Wales by some..  I found the EVANS’ of Glamorganshire; the BRUCE’s of Northamptonshire; the HODGES’, LEWIS’, WILLIAMS’, GIBBS’ and TRANTER’s of Monmouthshire and the HUGHES’ of Worcestershire.  Beyond my great grandparents, I have roots in Cornwall, Brecknockshire, Herefordshire, Montgomeryshire, Merionethshire and Oxfordshire.

If you have any comments or suggestions about Walking with Ancestors please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Vivienne Riddle May 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Love your site, what an amzing amount of work you have out in! Your Weeks family caught my eye, I have a gggg Frederick Weeks born in Stowey between 1811 to 1814 (probably 1814). Wondering if he is part of this family -there certainy seem to have been a lot of sons! Frederick moved to London as a footman and butler, but his duaghter Mary Anne later went back to Somerset, married Henry Poole at at Curry Rivel & went off to New Zealand.

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Jackie April 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Beth, I love what you have done. I saw it on our forum we are both in on FB. Can I ask did it take you a long time to set up – the way you have done it is so simple and clear, something I would love to do for my own family research – at the moment what I have done is created 2 closed FB groups for the new ‘cousins’ I have found and post little snippets as and when I come across them. My son said I should do something similar to this but I have no idea on how to get started. Any suggestions – J

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