The Cefn Mably Mystery

When I add a relative to my tree, I automatically attempt to collect Birth, Marriage, Death and Census info about them.  Sometimes it is unsuccessful and I hit a dead end other times the hours I put in searching for individuals is worth every minute. Recently, I added The Man’s great great grandfather’s cousin, Henry

Social Media – Tweeting Genealogists

As the number of records digitised and made available online grows family historians are looking for new ways to share information and collaborate with others. While there are sites like Ancestry, Find My Past and Genes Reunited, social media is becoming a main stream avenue to get yourself out there.   Social Media includes blogs,

Useful Websites to help with genealogy research

There are many resources available to research your family history; I have discovered many websites over the last 5 years that have enabled me to trace some of my family lines further than the beginning of Civil Registration. This will be an ongoing project over the coming weeks.  Here are the first four:   FreeREG 

More than a name

When one ventures into the murky waters of family history, one never knows what skeletons may jump out of the closet or what treasures may be uncovered. When I started my research I knew very little of my family history, I even knew little about my own grandparents.  Throughout my journey I’ve discovered more about

1861 Census Transcription – Chepstow Union Workhouse

RG09/3976/16/1 Name Rel. C. Sex Age Occ. Place of birth Disability WHITE, William Head M M 44 Master Dursley, Gls WHITE, Caroline Wife M F 30 Matron Axbridge, Som TAYLOR, May Schoo U F 60 School mistress Chepstow, Mon PRICE, Jane Nurse U F 38 Nurse Chepstow, Mon FLOWER, Henry Porter M M 42 Porter

What happened to Kate?

One big mystery concerning The Man’s family tree is that of his great grandmother’s “disappearance”. Catherine Eliza Pagett Bown, Kate, was born in Leicester around 1861 to Henry Pagett Bown and Ann Blakesley.  Henry and Ann had at least four other children, John William (1848 -1923), Samuel Henry (1851-1889), Thomas Pagett (1853-1916), Arthur Garrad (1855-1875)

1851 Census Transcription – Chepstow Union Workhouse

HO107/2443/275/13 Name Rel. C. Sex Age Occ. Place of birth LEWIS, Joseph Head W M 50 Master Union Workhouse Tidenham, Gls HODGSON, Elizabeth U F 33 Matron Union Workhouse Chepstow, Mon TAYLOR, Mary Ann U F 30 Schoolmistress U.Workhouse Chepstow, Mon BUTTERY, Jane U F 28 Nurse Union Workhouse Halifax, N. Amer TAYLOR, Elizabeth Pauper

“The Land of My Fathers”

There has been talk for a while that my paternal line has a link to two important men in Welsh history.  The dates all tie in and it seems likely that this link is correct.  However, I have not personally verified the information but would like to share it anyway. On 29th August 1773, my

Brick Walls – Wallace Henry Davidson

When I started researching my partner’s family tree, things were complicated from the start.  My partner’s grandparents Caroline Alma May Hazell and Wallace Henry Davidson were a difficult couple to research.  They had several children but I suspect they never married. The birth certificate of their youngest child, Roy, certificate named his mother as May

Strength on Sunday – The Hodges

There is a more recent post about the Hodges here. The one thing about researching the family tree that fascinates me most is that you never know what you are going to find.  Some hidden stories could be scandalous, others could be intriguing and then there are the ones that are sad and poignant. My

Chepstow Municipal Cemetery

When a feeling of sadness descends, I find a trip to a cemetery calming and today was no different. I visited Chepstow Municipal Cemetery with the intention of finding 3 graves.  The first burial in the Old Cemetery was on 1st October 1857 of Henry Langley.  The graves that were of interest to me are