Category Archives: census

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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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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A household full of servant relatives

I first visited New Register House in Edinburgh, the home of the General Register Office for Scotland, aged about 12 in 1984 or 1985. Back in those days there were no computerised indexes for any records, and it was necessary … Continue reading

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