Attempting to trace the Evans’: Evaluating the evidence 2

It’s time for another instalment of the search for those pesky Evans’.  We have already discussed my challenges with the family, the basic timeline of the family.  And, last time, we examined the marriage certificate of Evan and Laura Roberts.  Today, we have the birth certificate for their oldest known child, Richard Morris Evans, my

John Spooner Pagett – The Will of a Gentleman

A few years back, I came across a will for my children’s ancestor, John Spooner Pagett.  I unintentionally stumbled across the will when looking for a different family. Still, I found myself heading down the rabbit hole of wills and probate records in the hope of finding some valuable information. John Spooner Pagett was born

Attempting to trace the Evans’: Evaluating the Evidence 1

Tracing the Evans’ has never been easy, and as I’m writing this introduction, I have no idea which piece of evidence to present to you first.  Evan Evans is my 4x great grandfather; he was born in Caernarvonshire around 1830.  He married Laura Roberts in 1862, and they had 4, possibly 5, sons that I

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: The Golden Wedding Anniversary

On the 23rd March 1970, Edward & Mary Hodges celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary together.  The couple even received a mention in the South Wales Echo. “Looking through their congratulatory cards are Mr Edward James Hodges, age 71, and his wife, Norah, aged 68, of Plas Road, Fleur-de-Lis, near Blackwood, who celebrated their golden wedding

Attempting to Trace the Evans’ Part 2: The Timeline

Part two of the Brick Wall challenge is to create a timeline.  Timelines are essential and, sometimes, they can help identify something you may have missed before.  Evan Evans, like many other nineteenth-century labourers in Wales, left a limited paper trail.  The working-class in Wales rarely left more than a Birth, Marriage or Death related

Genealogy Update: June 2020

Every month brings something new in terms of genealogy and family history research.  May has been a big one for me because I have been able to really pick up my research again.   I never realise how fond of it I am until I pick it back up after a long break. May Highlights I

Attempting to trace the Evans’: Part One

I have two Evans families in my paternal line.  One came down my father’s maternal line and were from Staffordshire and Worcestershire – they lived in villages that appear to have jumped between counties a lot. The second line comes from North Wales.  They have always played the part of the thorn in my side,

Learning to walk with the ancestors

I started researching my family history in March 2007. At the time I was a single, stay-at-home Mum to my oldest.  Yes, I bought into the Ancestry adverts that one name would be all it took for a complete family tree to appear in front of me. Alas, I was to be very surprised. Thirteen

How common is your surname?

Surnames.  They are the first impression of your ancestors you receive.  Sometimes, they can be geographical, occupational, or patronymic.   Mine, Evans, is a derivative of a patronymic name from the given name Ifan or Evan.  Usually denoting ‘the son of’ . There is a high probability that almost everybody will have a ‘common’ surname

A Return to Genealogy Blogging

It’s been a while since I last wrote a post here. To be honest, I only picked up my Family History Research again a few months ago. I have been so busy, what with the addition of a new member of the family, starting a business, the breakdown of my marriage and picking up where

Troublesome Tranters: Harriet’s Story Evaluating the Evidence Part One

In the third instalment of Troublesome Tranters: Harriet’s story, I’m going to be evaluating the evidence I already have for her. There are a fair few events surrounding Harriet, however, I’ve decided to concentrate on sources that are for specific events in Harriet’s life.  I will be evaluating the baptisms, marriages and burials of Harriet’s