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From the family album

My grandparents, Frank Charles Spicer (1901 – 1963) and Annie Griffiths (1900 – 2000) on their wedding day – 10 November 1924.  And the cake.

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The widow’s third, Borough English and Shakespeare’s bed

I’ve been looking at old wills this week, and thought I’d share a few thoughts with you. We often think when we can’t find a will “Oh, they can’t have had much to leave.”  But this isn’t always the case. … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa

The Blog and I return, somewhat shamefaced in the knowledge that we haven’t updated for well over a year.  This is, in part, due to yet another annus horribilis  – the details of which I shall not bore you with. … Continue reading

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FutureLearn Course: Tracing Your Family Tree Week 5

Week 5 of the  course returned to sources, and considered how local and general histories can flesh out your family tree. As followers of this blog are only too well aware, this is something that I always emphasise. Mention was … Continue reading

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Futurelearn Course: Tracing Your Family Tree Week 4

Week Four of the course considered the Genealogical Standard of Proof and also DNA testing. The Standard of Proof is important – in fact I wrote a page about this some time ago –  and I thought that this was … Continue reading

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FutureLearn Course: Tracing Your Family Tree – Week Three

So – week 3 of the course is down and dusted. This week the course tackled major sources – church, civil and religious records, looked at the types of records that might be held in physical archives and considered some … Continue reading

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FutureLearn Course: Researching Your Family Tree – Week Two

This week the course addressed ‘Effective Search Techniques’, without first addressing what we might be researching, or indeed why. This began by advising the creation of a timeline of events, creating a family tree (the first time that this has … Continue reading

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FutureLearn Course: Researching Your Family Tree – Week One.

I mentioned on 3rd February that I’d signed up on the FutureLearn online course “Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree”, and that I’d give weekly updates and comments on the course. So – here we are at the end of week … Continue reading

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On not giving up

Only last night I managed to solve a problem that had been bugging me for years.  My grandmother had told me that a relation of hers (and she didn’t know the name) had kept a farm on Goldthorn Hill, about … Continue reading

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Apologies – and a free online course

A Grovelling Apology Apologies for the radio silence over the last twelve months. It really has been a dreadful year for me, in which I’ve had very little time at all. However, things should have calmed down by the end … Continue reading

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