Is this how social war begins?


It is difficult to know precisely, or even to imagine with any accuracy, the day to day lives of my farming ancestors in 18th and 19th century England. I have already posted (How a revolution leads to social war)about who they were, where they lived, their probable work, and the political, economic and technological issues … Continue reading Is this how social war begins?

Three reasons to visit an industrial museum for family trees


The Maritime District of Bristol in the West of England was once the centre of Britain's largest port and today is a wonderful centre for visiting and understanding how some of your ancestors MAY have been connected to or influenced by some of the events occurring here. For example Isambard Kingdom Brunel lived and worked … Continue reading Three reasons to visit an industrial museum for family trees

Insignificant Women?


Many images and tales of the Industrial Revolution, and the period just beyond, describe the harsh lives of the womenfolk, slaving away in Lancashire cotton mills driven by the mill owners thirst for profit, or pounding then sieving rocks of copper and tin ore brought up from the bowels of the Cornish earth by their … Continue reading Insignificant Women?

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”

Imaginative Ancestry: A day in the life of a Bal Maiden.


"My name is Sophia. I am 15 years old. I am one of 4 children, with two brothers age 10 and 7 and a sister who is 4. Our father is a miner at the local mine, and I am very proud to work with him at the mine too. I am a Bal Maiden … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry: A day in the life of a Bal Maiden.