Hello and welcome to my Genealogy blog, Walking with Ancestors.  My name is Beth, 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 (rather juicy) skeletons and have recently uncovered a great uncle who was unknown to the family.  I have learned so much along the way including the fact that my family are not as well as they appear.  The biggest thing I have learned 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 they come with 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.  For a full list of surname interests please click here.

For the interim, this blog will document more about my history degree than family history.  I am taking a break from FH in order to concentrate completely on my degree.

If you have any comments or suggestions about Walking with Ancestors please email beth(at)walkingwithancestors(dot)co(dot)uk.


Image Source – VintageKin


  1. 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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