Monthly Archives: September 2012

Finding lots of criminals in the Irish side of the family

I’ve been making great headway with my Irish great-grandmother’s ancestry. But I didn’t expect them to be criminals. However I’ve just got access to findmypast.ie, which includes Dublin prison registers. And there are an awful lot of references to my … Continue reading

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Somner connections with last night’s Who Do You Think You Are

We just watched last night’s Who Do You Think You Are on the BBC with Alex Kingston. She discovered that an ancestress was a lodging house keeper, which was a bit of a euphemism in her case. I’ll not go … Continue reading

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A Scottish Breakfast in the Dardanelles, July 1915

I recently discovered the blog run by The Heritage Hub, the Scottish Borders archive and local history centre based in Hawick. Their most recent post is an intriguing cryptography puzzle from Traquair House’s archive collections, with a letter from the … Continue reading

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Listening to a Somerset village history talk from the 1980s

My husband grew up in a very small village in Somerset: Maperton near Wincanton in the south-east of the county. It is a tiny place now, but was much more populous in the past. A local villager researched the village’s … Continue reading

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Making great breakthroughs with Irish ancestry

My Dublin-born great-grandmother’s line was a brick wall for us for many decades. Partly it was because I could never trace a marriage certificate for her, and so had no idea of her father’s name. And then even when I … Continue reading

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