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bodger

A fantastic family tree.!

Here's a fantastic, if not harrowing life tale. A tale thats well worth the telling.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14357121

What about you ? Do you have an interesting ancestory to tell, or are you like me?
My paternal side boasts a joiner, a publican and poacher in its lineage, whilst I have a council worker, comic and in service gardener on my maternal side. There's not so much as a hint of blue blood, hero or villain in me, how about you.
Seabird

What a wonderful story.

Did you see Seb Coe on 'Who do you think you are' last night? Illegitimate gt gt gt grandfather, wealthy plantation owners, even a Lt governor of New York in the 1700s! An interesting family tree.

I've got sailors, farm labourers, straw plaiters, brassfounders, shoemakers even gypsies and a scoundrel who was transported to Australia! Best of all though is the family of bellfounders who cast the bells for churches throughout Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and beyond throughout the 1600s and 1700s.
It's easy to get addicted to this ancestry thing.
kat_lewis

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It's easy to get addicted to this ancestry thing.  


Isn't it just. I started it when all the programmes started and I have now graduated to geneology bore   Nothing too exciting in my family's past some moving with the railways from Wales to London, emigrating to US and back within 5yrs and just the usual servants, carters, gamekeepers, farriers, farmers etc. The bit that interests me is the social history that goes with the tree   I have found distant relatives that have been able to give me newspaper cuttings about interesting activities of mutual relatives. Found the property in the US where my G-grandfather was born (and we are visiting it nxt year) and so much more........... see told you I was a bore  
Seabird

kat_lewis wrote:
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It's easy to get addicted to this ancestry thing.  


Isn't it just. I started it when all the programmes started and I have now graduated to geneology bore   Nothing too exciting in my family's past some moving with the railways from Wales to London, emigrating to US and back within 5yrs and just the usual servants, carters, gamekeepers, farriers, farmers etc. The bit that interests me is the social history that goes with the tree   I have found distant relatives that have been able to give me newspaper cuttings about interesting activities of mutual relatives. Found the property in the US where my G-grandfather was born (and we are visiting it nxt year) and so much more........... see told you I was a bore  


Not a bore at all kat    Don't you find it's a great leveller though? However bad things seem for us at present, just think of the hardships our forebears had to endure. I've even shed tears for small children who died long long ago! My sister and I were lucky enough to be invited to a palace garden party a couple of years ago - and made sure we drank a toast (in tea!) in the Queen's back yard to all our struggling ancestors - especially little Isabella, our gt gt grandmother who travelled alone aged about 10, all the way from Sunderland to the iron foundries of Wolverhampton. Better than Catherine Cookson!
Mo

I have a Family Tree from my mum, mainly dates and names, that she did donkey's years ago.
I was mildly interested in bulking it out a few years back when records became more accessible.
But
I'm an only child with no offspring. Last of the line with no-one to hand it on to, so I gave up. I know enough for me, as far back as I need to know

One snippet that always fascinated me was that one of my mum's male ancestors married a Myfanwy Jones (sp?) the name has always intrigued me
bodger

Spot on with the spelling Mo Rare One is a Myfanwy. A single 'F' is pronounced as a 'V' in Welsh.
HonkHonk

I havn't looked too deeply into mine, but I know a few snippets.
On my father's side we have Italian roots (and a shortened surname)
I have a baptismal certificate from 1867 (somewhere) from St Mary's Cathedral Church in Hexham, Newcastle with a longer, more fancy name    a relative done a bit of digging some years ago and traced our lines back to Milan.

On my mother's side, well she is from R.O.I.
We have relations from Dublin down to Co Carlow, loads of farmers and a publican amongst them, and there is a plaque on a stone pillar of a now dead relative in Galway, his name was Robert Monteith.

And i'm pretty sure if I did dig deep enough I would find Native American in there somewhere.    
Bazzer

Paternal side is Cambridge, Maternal side RoI.

Claim to fame?
A suicide.

Scottie knows shed loads about Geneology and I'm sure she'd help anyone on here start up their own trees, how to search Census, National Archives, Parish Records etc.
Seabird

I got one of my friends interested in doing her family tree, and fortunately her mum is still around. Her mum has told her so many interesting, funny and heartbreaking things about her youth during WW2, that Cherryl's written it all down - came up with enough for a book - and hey! got a publisher at first attempt! She signed the contract with the History Press last week so with a bit of luck 'Pamela's War' should be published soon    
kat_lewis

Seabird I have an elderly friend in the next hamlet that lived there before WW2 and the stories she can tell are great. The A41 runs at the bottom of her lane with a large old estate on the other side. She can remember playing on the A41 when she was little. The road is a major thoroughfare now so I don't think that is a option now.    
The pub we have is a converted railway station and there are a lot of photos of the building at various stages of its life. The village history is also well researched and recorded and I just love relating today's builidings with those images. There are a lot of people who have lived here for all their lives and the tales they tell about the village and its workings are a revalation
MrsWW

Seabird wrote:
. . . with a bit of luck 'Pamela's War' should be published soon    


Please could you let me know when/who by Seabird as this is the sort of book that would make a perfect gift for my Mum  
Seabird

will do Mrs WW I think she's hoping it'll be out for Christmas. I'll publicise it on here for her when it comes out, but in the meantime, it's called 'Pamela's war', by Cherryl Vines, published by the History Press.
MrsWW

Thank you  
welshboy

The family legend is more interesting than the family tree.
My maternal gt gt grandfather salvaged some whiskey from a wreck and drank himself to death.
My fathers uncle was sued for child maintenance and emigrated to Australia to avoid paying as he disputed parentage. He never came back, When the child grew up it was the smitten image of his best friend.
Seems as friends they shared things!
bodger

     
MrsWW

Seabird wrote:
I got one of my friends interested in doing her family tree, and fortunately her mum is still around. Her mum has told her so many interesting, funny and heartbreaking things about her youth during WW2, that Cherryl's written it all down - came up with enough for a book - and hey! got a publisher at first attempt! She signed the contract with the History Press last week so with a bit of luck 'Pamela's War' should be published soon    


Hi Seabird - I haven't searched t'internet yet but just wondering if there's any news on the publication as I'd really like to get this for my Mum as a Christmas present.

Thanks
MrsWW
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MrsWW

Don't worry Seabird - just been on Amazon and pre-ordered it     Says estimated shipping date 2nd Feb 2012 though so it'll either be a late Christmas present or early Birthday present for Mum  
Baldybloke

A cousin has trace one side of my family back several hundred years. mainly based in the Cotswolds. My avatar is of one of them, my great grandfather.
J20

My mum has been researching our family tree for years and has got back as far as the early 1800's and has found that the family is related to 'Florence Nightingale' on my grandmothers side of the family.

My great great grandmothers, sister (I think thats right, without checking the tree, this is roughly an estimate of how many greats I go back) was the neice of a lady called Fanny aka Frances (Smith) who was florence Nightingales mother, I know Frances Smith died in 1880.
welshboy

As many of you know my son lives in Tasmania having married a Tassie girl.
They have been researching her family tree and the records kept seem better than Uk records.
One of her ancestors was a poor lass of 16 years of age and was married off to a 64 year old in Ireland.
Obviously not a marriage made in heaven and she was sentenced to death for killing him !
This was later changed to transportation for life and the reason given was she was of "breeding age " .
She was transported and later married in Tasmania  raising a large family from which my D.I.L is descended.
Needless to say  I tease him often to never  get her angry as the old saying goes
"if its in the bitch its in the pups" !
lottie

Fathers family originally descended from european jews[mix of german and sephardic], mothers family good english peasants traced back to 1600's.
Seabird

MrsWW wrote:
Don't worry Seabird - just been on Amazon and pre-ordered it     Says estimated shipping date 2nd Feb 2012 though so it'll either be a late Christmas present or early Birthday present for Mum  


Must have missed these posts Mrs WW. I'll tell Cherryl, she'll be chuffed. She's amazed how many pre-orders there are. Latest news is it'll probably be published earlier.
Lorrainelovesplants

Not really family tree, but we always get asked why there are so few of John's relations in our wedding photos 7 years ago.
Its a treat to see their faces when we explain that most of them were in jail at the time! (and me an ex-policewoman too!)  

All on the one side of the family...and I'd better shut up now!
MrsWW

Seabird wrote:
MrsWW wrote:
Don't worry Seabird - just been on Amazon and pre-ordered it     Says estimated shipping date 2nd Feb 2012 though so it'll either be a late Christmas present or early Birthday present for Mum  


Must have missed these posts Mrs WW. I'll tell Cherryl, she'll be chuffed. She's amazed how many pre-orders there are. Latest news is it'll probably be published earlier.


My copy arrived yesterday - just in time for Mum's birthday next month.  
Wilder

Book sounds brilliant, and I am going to order a copy!

On the subject of family trees, on my paternal side one of my ancestors was one of the four knights who killed Thomas A Beckett, Sir Reginald FitzUrze.  The family later changed their name to DeBereham (later Barham) and, at one time, lived in Sissinghurst Castle.

I have got a huge (probably A0) copy of my family tree, which was done several years ago by someone on my father's side.  Sadly it was done before I was born, so features my two older brothers, but not me.  
sod

Here we can only go back to 1840 in New Zealand and my mothers family came out on the first ships fathers side from ROI via London for a few generations, Jean comes from Blackpool her mum from Manchester her Dad from Cannock Staffs. and thats about that.
Seabird

Mrs WW and Wilder - Cherryl will be chuffed, she's not been too well lately. The publisher has kept her rather in the dark about the exact date of release - strangeley the Kindle version came out first and she'd no idea it was going to be on Kindle.
I'm just waiting for my copy - I know most of the places mentioned and have drunk and eaten many times in the hotel where Pam grew up - it was one of the meets for the Albrighton Woodland hunt in the 1980s/90s when I lived in the area, but is now a restaurant called 'the French Hen.
MrsWW

Please send Cherryl my good wishes for a speedy recovery.  Can't wait for Mum to read the book so I can then read it.  Looks really good and Cherryl should be pleased with herself and her efforts.  We were both born/bred in the Midlands so no doubt we will read about lots of familiar places too - that was the main attraction of the book.

MrsWW
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Lorrainelovesplants

Well, Im adopted and have interst on both sides of the fence.
As an adoptee my mother is Armenian born in Baghdad, and my father was Scottish born in Govan .(you dont get much more diverse than that).
They met when my father was working as an instruments engineer in the oil industry.  They had both been invited to dinner to make up the numbers, were seated opposite each other and ...........got married 3 days later in the British embassy and then afterwards at the Armenian church.
My natural mother came from Dunoon and got pregnant to a US navy guy who was working on the submarines at the Holy Loch. Ive met her a couple of times, but dont know much about him except he is white, but has American Indian blood and comes from Virginia.

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