I coined the expression Imaginative Ancestry a couple of years ago as I sought to understand better the lives of my ancestors and the environment in which they lived. It means creating a picture in your mind’s eye of the… Read More ›
I am my ancestors: Significant 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… Read More ›
Imaginative Ancestry: Sarah Elizabeth in an English workhouse, 1867-1874.
The streets of Illogan echoed to the steady clip clop of the old nag pulling Joseph’s cart. Beside him sat his old and dear aunt, Sarah Elizabeth, still unmarried at the ripe old age of 75, now destined to spend… Read More ›
My great grandfather “like a rolling stone ….”
My DNA results were a bit of a puzzle. Despite showing the bulk of my ancestry originating in the southeast as well as the southwest of England, from census and birth records I appeared to have NONE from the southeast…. Read More ›
Imaginative Ancestry: Who were the Bal Maidens?
“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… Read More ›
Is this how to write ancestry posts …… “From Shoemaker to Soldier”?
I originally wrote this ancestry post about three years ago when I was researching my family tree and getting concerned that what I was writing was in a very different style to many other genealogists. Essentially it was “story based”… Read More ›
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