Finally a breakthrough

I have managed to find birth, death and marriage certificates for all direct ancestors apart from Richard and Elizabeth (ne Whitley) Bolton. There are no entries in the death index that I have been able to find that seem right and the ones that were hopeful I ordered, but those had proved not to be … Read more

speaking too soon

So, after feeling as if I might manage to get on with some things, that went by the way over the last few months. It has been very difficult to get out of the mental block that has come upon me and now that I am feeling a bit more hopefully – after having my … Read more

where’ve we got to

So, having not updated in far too long, I thought I’d finally give a brief rundown of where I’ve got to with the family tree. I’ve had a few brick walls pop over over the years and, after much searching, have managed to break through a few of them. The two biggest breakthroughs are both … Read more

finally! getting the site sorted

After long consideration, I decided to find some software that would allow me to present all the information I have in an easily accessible way.  I have chosen The Next Generation, as it is easy to set up and has many attributes that help display info clearly and usefully.  It has taken me a month … Read more

let’s not jump to conclusions

It is easy, when researching your family history, to make assumptions that take the research down utterly incorrect turnings. I imagine that everyone has been guilty of this – in the rush of discovery it is easy to get carried away. It is also easy to be stymied by someone else’s assumptions when they are published on the internet as fact.

about time for an update

It has been a long time since my last update as I put the research aside for a bit while I did some for a few friends – great fun! I have set up Ancestry with the family tree: it is currently private but I am more than happy to open it up to any … Read more

the joys of illegible handwriting

I finally sent off for the birth certificate of George and Sarah Jago’s daughter, Sarah, so that I could check Sarah’s maiden name. So, it seems that the handwriting on Mary Ann Jago’s birth certificate was even more problematic than I previously thought! I was never certain that Sarah’s name was Bayldon and it turns … Read more