Searching for William

Searching for William

Updated from my July 2015 Blog William travelled to the Gold Coast, immigrating to Perth, Australia in 1925. He married a school teacher. William left his family when his son was 5 years old. During World War Two William’s wife sent food parcels to...
The Lopsided Barge

The Lopsided Barge

How did my ancestor Edward PARKER move from Prickwillow to Colchester? From a malster to a mariner? My professional talk ‘The Lopsided Barge’ explains this incredible journey. Link to an edited version of my Slides, for this Talk ‘The Lopsided Barge’ Where do we...
The cigar maker and the Hungarian-American Photographer 2

The cigar maker and the Hungarian-American Photographer 2

In my October 2015 Blog I detailed the life and times of my cigar maker ancestor James Baker MORRIS and his trip to the USA. So how might you discover details about your ancestors who left the UK?   James Baker MORRIS was born 3 May 1828 1 the son of David MORRIS...
The Railway Man 2

The Railway Man 2

In my September 2015 Blog I detailed the life and times of my railway clerk ancestor Rowland NEEDS. The Railway Service Journal in September 1926 recorded that Rowland NEEDS retired from the Willow Walk branch of the R.C.A (Railway Clerks Association) in September...
Making More use of the census

Making More use of the census

Reading my April 2015 Blog; Making Sense of the Census I discuss the basics of using the UK Census and the discoveries I made in my family. This got me thinking about the subject of my April 2016 Blog. Pre 1841 UK Census returns.   What? Pre 1841 I hear you cry,...
The UK Census

The UK Census

The UK Census Reading my February 2015 Blog; Back to basics in which I talk about the 1911 UK Census, got me thinking about the subject of my February 2016 Blog. The UK Census is perhaps the most important source for research along with birth, marriage and death...