Monthly Archives: April 2020

A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies M is for Mining

I wrote quite recently on Sicilians who worked the sulphur mines in Sicily. In terms of the United Kingdom, over the centuries we have mined, with some success (and failings), coal, tin, copper, slate and even gold. Further afield Opal … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies L is for Genealogical & Historical Learning

The best way of learning is to be inspired by someone or a group of someones. Many genealogists and indeed others too, say that “school history was learning to dry facts for two years in order to get an O … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Romani,Travellers & Gypsy’s

The flag shown here is the flag of the Romani people. It was approved by the representatives of various Romani communities at the first World Romani Congress, held in Orpington, Kent, England in 1971. Two distinct groups of Ethnics, that … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies I is for Instrument Makers

When I began researching my Grandmother’s family, and in particular her ELSTONE line, I encountered my Grandmother’s maternal Aunt, Eliza Elstone. Eliza married Joseph PARSLOW and they emigrated to Canada. Indeed they did emigrate, but did not like it, so … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies H is for Health

In these days of modern medicine you would probably expect that the majority of support and knowledge came from Doctors or Health Professional. I have been qualified in my allied health profession for 30 years, but it has always been … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies G is for Games and their History

For today’s post I am sharing some back story, leading to my interest, in cricket, for which I am a very unlikely candidate! Having traced my maternal Grandfather’s family back to Puttenham in Surrey, where I was introduced to the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Romanian Research

At the point of the outbreak of the Second World War, in 1939, there were approximately 750,000 individuals who were of the Jewish faith. Yet fewer than half survived the war, despite the fact the Germany did not occupy the … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies F is for Fairgrounds, Fun & Travellers

I have talked previously about researching travellers and Gypsy research, during my Oral History Series,  On revisiting some notes made about 10 years ago and then verifying those details, I can confirm the Drakeley family who were involved in the … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies E is for Emigration Schemes

The British Empire, along with those of other European countries wanted to populate their respective lands on other Continents. In order to make that proposition seem more appealing there were various emigration schemes which enticed those from the shores of … Continue reading

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Naming Patterns

Naming patterns across Europe tend to following this pattern. In England this happens less though. It is however common for parents to name offspring after themselves. 1st son – after the paternal Grandfather 2nd son – after the maternal Grandfather … Continue reading

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