Robin Hood’s Family Tree

Robin Hood’s Family Tree: I have been fascinated with the legend of Robin Hood since my childhood. Stories, films and tv series about the outlaw fired my love of the past. It led me to an interest in historical research and in later years I have become a genealogist and…

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Names On The Census

  Names On The Census: Willy McBum (Glasgow, 1891), Emma Longleg (London ,1911), Anna Zombie (Rhode Island, US Census 1930) Joseph Squid (London 1881), Hairy Head (Dover, 1891) and Ambrose Hughbottom (Edinburgh 1861). Just a few of the unusual names that appear on census returns. A new series of Who…

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Found with his Trousers Down.The Death of John Coward

Found with his Trousers Down: The Death of John Coward (1822-1897)   Newspaper articles from the past, give a researcher details that no other primary source can. Recently, I was thrilled to discover a report in an old copy of the Islington Gazette, on the inquest of my great-great grandfather,…

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Mum’s Memories of the Blitz

Mum’s Memories of the Blitz Machine-gunned in the streets. Sheltering in a metal cage under the table, as rockets destroyed rows of houses around them. These are some of the terrifying memories of my mother, Joyce Wait and my Uncle Ed, as they grew up in London during the Blitz…

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Researching Surnames

Researching Surnames.  Have you ever wondered about your surname? I have often been teased about my Wait surname. But, family names are a key to the past and can unlock a fascinating historical trail right back to the Norman Conquest of 1066. I was intrigued by what I discovered during my research. …

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Your Family History

Your Family History Who were your ancestors? Where did they live? What are the origins of your surname? Contact me on 07858795768 or via this website and let me investigate your family history.

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The Mystery of John Mackveney

The Mystery of John Mackveney. John Coward’s dead body was discovered at 69 Rupert Road, Islington on November 4th 1897, and an inquest was held four days later. He was 74 years old. But, as his family and friends gathered around his grave at Islington Cemetery on the 10th,  I…

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Dickens at Christmas

Dickens at Christmas   “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” so the song goes. But the Christmas we know and celebrate today has largely been influenced by one man, Charles Dickens (1812-1870). It was  his novella A Christmas Carol that not only brought about the revival of the Christmas holiday…

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Grandad’s Missing Furniture

Grandad’s Missing Furniture. Old newspapers can give us an insight into the lives of our ancestors that no other source can provide. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be contacted by two fellow genealogists to tell me about this article in ‘The Worthing Herald’ dated 22nd July 1949. I…

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James Coward and the White Feather

James Coward and the White Feather.   My grandfather’s brother was working for a gas company when WWI began. About two years later, while he was travelling on a train, a woman dropped a white feather in his lap. This was a symbol of cowardice. Even though he was widowed…

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