The Latin Initiation

Parish Registers are the genealogical backbone to research before civil registration began on 1st July 1837.  The earliest parish records date back to the first half of the 16th century.  The history of parish registers is long and complicated.  Latin was the language in which registers were recorded until 1733 when English became the preferred

Who is William? The Timeline

Before I go any further, I need to explain where the idea for this series came from.  I’ve been reading through Barbara’s blog Out of My Tree Genealogy News.  She has a fabulous series dedicated to her Brickwall Browns.  Any brick wall requires a similar set of skills to break down and the model she

Family Tree Friday Five #1

Welcome to the first of my Family Tree Friday Five series. The Family Tree Friday Friday series is a weekly round up of five of my favourite posts from other Genealogy bloggers. Each week I will list five posts I have enjoyed reading and need to share.  They may not necessarily be posts from the

Who is William? The Introduction

This brick wall is the source of much frustration.  Who is William?  Where did he come from?  Who are his parents?  Does he have any siblings? William Williams is my great great grandfather.  I know little about William before 1903, when he married.  The brick wall arises from there being several (or more) William Williams’

John Haynes (alias Burrows) 1838-1925

One of the biggest risks of taking information about ancestors from a website is that, no matter how well sourced the source is, there is always room for errors. I’ve used one particular website for Northamptonshire relatives for years… but only recently did it occur to me to check for the all important baptism (which

Finding Selina

Locating ancestors can sometimes be a tricky business.  Some ancestors leave next to no paper trail whereas others leave plenty of breadcrumbs to follow. 9 years ago, after finding my great great grandmother, Selina Haynes, I hit a brick wall.  I could find no trace of her after the 1901 census. I often came back

Sourcing your family tree – the most important thing you can do!

I started researching my family history 9 years ago.  I was 20 years old.  I was young, naïve and useless at crediting my sources. In the last 9 years I’ve changed family tree programmes; I’ve changed laptops and along the way I’ve lost sources I thought I had credited elsewhere. I’m feeling very deflated at

The Life of Joseph Bruce

On 21st January 1911, a burial took place.  It was the burial of a man I have become quite fond of.  A man I have always felt a strong connection with.  It’s hard to explain such connections to people who don’t get completely absorbed in the lives of their ancestors. I may never have met

5 things every genealogist needs

I took a break from researching my family history for 3.5 years.  It was much needed time away because coming back, I’m seeing things from a different angle.  In the past 2 weeks I’ve broken down 2 brick walls and I have the feeling there are more to follow. Breaking down my genealogical brick walls

#MissingMonday – Richard Morris Evans

I started my family history research 9 years ago.  I hit a stumbling block in my paternal line within weeks.  Researching the Evans surname in a high frequency area was an exceptionally difficult task. My great grandfather is Edward Evans.  He was born on 3rd August 1893 in Treharris, Glamorgan.  His parents were Richard Evans

Ancestor Biographies – Leah ATTEWELL

Leah Attewell was born around September 1856 in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire, as the second child of Jacob Attewell and Rebecca Jones. She had four siblings, namely: William Thomas, Charles, George Isaac, and William Jesse. She died during the 1st quarter of 1944 in Cardiff, Glamorgan. When she was 24, She married William Dunn in the 4th