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!

DNA test results and my favourite science hero!


My DNA test results arrived today and it goes to show how much I am into full genealogy history mode as I research and blog about my family tree. Somewhat bizarrely as I read the opening introduction stuff I thought about Watson & Crick studying the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, the molecule containing our ancestral … Continue reading DNA test results and my favourite science hero!

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!

#52ancestors: A surprise in my family tree!


As a newcomer to genealogy and researching my family history, each and every day something new is revealed ranging from being able to go back another generation through to associated historical events at the time the specific ancestor lived. In England this has included things like The English Civil War, a repeal of The Corn … Continue reading #52ancestors: A surprise in my family tree!

My dad wore a bright red jacket and a big black hat!


My dad was a Guardsman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, the oldest continuous British army regiment formed as part of Cromwell's New Model Army. They are an elite regiment, famous from battles such as Waterloo and Dunkirk in WWII. When WWII began, the 1st and 2nd battalions of The Coldstream Guards were part … Continue reading My dad wore a bright red jacket and a big black hat!