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I have been interested in my family history all my life. I still have the first family tree that I drew up when I was about 14 years old. Despite some visits to St Catherine’s House in my 20s, I had little idea of how to go further until the advent of the internet.

Through Ancestry and Find My Past membership, Free BMD, newspaper archives, Google books, trips to the National Archives and the help of many other interested family history researchers I have managed to trace my tree in many directions. I learn something new on an almost daily basis and it is a work in progress.

I find a blog a good way of putting flesh to a name on a tree, it organizes my thoughts and shows up any holes in my research. For more recent ancestors it is a way of writing down anecdotes for future generations as my daughters tend to remember the stories but not always the person it relates too.

I want to thank the following people for helping me:

Michael Calow, Nina Matilda Reauveau, Vicki Atkinson and her sister Carol, Stephen Alley, Mike Kipling, Brian Kipling, Derek Gilchrist, Vicki Connors, Howard Briggs, Barry Peers and Olivia Heath, plus others I am sure I have forgotten but will add when I think of them.

I hope you enjoy the blog, please get in touch if you have any questions or information.


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