Adventures in family history

The object of this blog is to explore the lives of my ancestors. It will be based on the hard facts of their names, dates, residence and occupations, just like any other family tree should. To add interest I will use other information, such as newspaper reports, publications on history, including factual broadcasts on television and other media, even novels where there is genuine exploration of the lives of people like my ancestors. I shall explore the exploits of their workmates, neighbours and relatives, the people they knew, and attempt to assess the impact they had.

About me. I am a middle-aged Englishman. I am not a professional genealogist or historian. Nor am I by any means expert with computers and other digital gizmos. I do have a Master of Arts degree and, consequently, I am fully aware of the level of rigour to be applied to the research that will follow. I am also open to challenge where it can be shown that there is at least a good probability that I am wrong. Naturally, I will try to ensure complete accuracy, but, as it is said: “to err is human”.

I do not claim that my ancestry includes William Shakespeare or the kings and queens of England, but I do include those hard-working families that politicians bang on about. Ordinary folk, maybe, but extraordinary times.

If you are thinking of starting a family tree, but are apprehensive, this blog might reassure you that it is a matter of getting stuck in and just having a go.  Online resources are much better and have more datasets than ever before, so now is the time to get started.

Doubtless, there will be teething troubles as I am new to blogging, so please bear with me. I don’t promise daily updates all of the time, but will try to keep things moving. Comments are welcome, especially if they suggest new directions or innovative ways of approaching the subject.


Comments are welcome.