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Me with my youngest Apr 2016

Me with my youngest
Apr 2016


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.


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.

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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