Hello and welcome to Walking with Ancestors. I am Beth, a Mum to 5 and a bit of a family history enthusiast. I was born in the South Wales Valleys shortly after the Miners’ Strike of 1984-85. 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 ancestor’s social situation, how they lived, where they worked. Sometimes, though, I am guilty of wishful 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, a 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.