Imaginative Ancestry: 2. Chaucer’s England 1340-1400


The 14th century in England brought about social change that was possibly unrivalled until the era of the Industrial Revolution. And this is the point of going so far back in time when researching your family tree, because the changes begun here would affect the lives of my earliest ancestors, traced so far, only a … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry: 2. Chaucer’s England 1340-1400

Imaginative Ancestry: 1. The shifting fabric


“Our imagination craves to behold our ancestors as they really were, going about their daily business and daily pleasure. In fact the whole appeal of history (and ancestry) (my addition) is imaginative, and without social history especially, economic history is barren and political history is unintelligible” These words are taken from the opening chapter of … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry: 1. The shifting fabric

Did my ancestors know The Black Prince?


Two weeks of using Ancestry.com has enabled me to stagger back in time to my ancestors in the days of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. I always knew that although I had been born in Cumbria , England, my maternal ancestors had come from Cornwall in the most South Westerly part of England, and this … Continue reading Did my ancestors know The Black Prince?