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

The BMD Indexes: 4 Things to Consider

Searching for your ancestor’s records in the birth, marriage and death indexes is, in the most part, straightforward.  However, occasionally the entry can prove elusive.  The elusive entry could be down to something as simple as a misspelt surname.  Other explanations could be when searching further back, errors on census records, whether they are deliberate

The BMD Registers: What are they and how do you search them?

Researching your family history is rewarding and exciting.  Discovering where your family originate from provides a feeling like nothing else. A vital thing part of the research, though, is learning what records are available to you. Civil Registration in England and Wales for births, marriages and deaths began on 1st July 1837. However, enforcement was