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The Camp Conundrum

As mentioned in my previous post The Drages of Barkway, earlier this year I found out that my 5xgreat-grandfather was John Camp, who in 1799 was living in the hamlet of Newsells near Barkway in Hertfordshire. However, tracing his branch … Continue reading

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The Drages of Barkway

One of the family stories told to me by my grandmother was that her grandmother, Fanny Ann Miller, was married three times and that during what turned out to be her final illness her plan for when she recovered was … Continue reading

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My “Irish” Ancestor

One of the family stories passed down to me from my childhood was that my great-grandfather, Thomas Fitzgerald, was Irish. One of the very first family documents that I saw when I started my research was a baptism certificate for … Continue reading

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Some London Churches Associated with my Ancestors

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This week I was in London for a conference and took the opportunity to visit some of the churches in the area associated with my ancestors. St Ethelburga’s Bishopsgate James Okell and Ann Yaxley were married here in 1793. St … Continue reading

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Tentative Identifications

Today I’ve updated my site to include a new section on the pages listing person details – ‘Possibly the Same Person?’. In a number of cases I have documents which may relate to a particular person in my family tree, … Continue reading

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‘Choked to Death Eating a Sausage’ and other unusual deaths

Most of my ancestors seem to have died in quite unextraordinary ways – mostly cardio-vascular or pulmonary disease and old age. But some of them have met their ends in more unusual ways. ‘CHOKED TO DEATH EATING A SAUSAGE’ was … Continue reading

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The Tonks Family of Shoreditch

I hadn’t intended to write a blog post on the Tonks family, but as I pulled together the data I had collected for August’s website update I found I was creating so many “Did You Know”s to highlight connections it … Continue reading

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My Elusive Celtic Ancestors

I had always assumed, given grandparents with the surnames Williams and Phillips, that I had Welsh ancestry. In two years of research, though, I have yet to find an ancestor who was born in or even lived in Wales. I … Continue reading

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The Ollivers of West Sussex

In April and May this year my research was focused on adding to my collection of information on my Olliver ancestors and their relatives. I was particularly interested in a mystery which came to light right at the beginning of … Continue reading

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Who Do You Think You Are Live 2011

This year I attended the Who Do You Think You Are Live exhibition for the first time. It was a bit of a trek (and I went along for all three days), but very much worth it: I met a … Continue reading

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