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)

                      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’…

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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 times. However, it wasn’t the tourist spots…

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How Do I Start My Family Tree?

How do I start my family tree? How do you start to research your family tree? The answer is simple: with a pen and paper! The most important action to begin with is to talk to your relatives, write down their stories and take notes of all the details they…

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