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 her home was bombed. These are some of the terifying memories of my mother, Joyce Wait née Coward, as she grew up in London during the Blitz – experiences that are hard for…

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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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The Will of William Valentine Wait (1791-1857)

The Will of William Valentine Wait. Wills can give the family historian details of an ancestors life that  can not be found anywhere else. This is the Will of my 4x great-grandfather’s son William Valentine Wait (1791-1857). His name was wrongly recorded as William ‘Balentine’ Wait amongst the baptism records…

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Walter Coward: The Iron Man of Islington

Walter Coward: The Iron Man of Islington. Occasionally, during the 1960s and early 70s, my family would visit my Nan and Uncle John in London. After growing up in Kent, it was exciting to experience the sights and sounds of the old city. I have many happy memories of those…

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