How memories contribute to identity


Memories from a visit to the Blists Hill outdoor museum plus feelings of identity standing in a Cumbrian field have awakened even more intense memories that I am sure have a lot to do with my past 6 months family history research. Rolling all of these things together takes me back to when we had … Continue reading How memories contribute to identity

Is this how to write ancestry posts …… “From Shoemaker to Soldier”?


Enough of tin mines, enough of Cornwall and my mother’s “Waters” family history, time for my dad’s genealogy and the “Metters” family history! Time to delve into Devon and Durham, Cordwainers and Tailors ….. timeline ….. 1790 to 1947 ….. the year I was born (1947!). The Cordwainer’s Tale (1790-1861) A Cordwainer is/was a shoemaker, … Continue reading Is this how to write ancestry posts …… “From Shoemaker to Soldier”?

Imaginative Ancestry: “War is coming to Europe”


Fred was sitting on his back porch, beer in hand watching the sun go down. It was mid summer of 1938 and he was in a contemplative frame of mind thinking about England and his native Cornwall, not something he’d done for a while but the setting sun made him think of the absolute certainty … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry: “War is coming to Europe”

Ancestors forged in iron!


The only sounds now are the calls of the Jackdaws in the swaying rustling trees and the gurgling of the River Duddon just 50 metres away. Once, these woods reverberated to the pounding of hammers, the squeaks of wheelbarrows, the swish of a water wheel, and the roaring of an early Industrial Revolution iron blast … Continue reading Ancestors forged in iron!

Three “cast iron” events that defined my immediate ancestors lives … and mine!


Between 1855 and the end of that century a number of significant events occurred that impacted on the lives of my ancestors, and directly on my own life too. They placed our lives within a context, a history of the times, something which I am finding to be the most interesting part of my family … Continue reading Three “cast iron” events that defined my immediate ancestors lives … and mine!