Category Archives: Surnames

Researching in European Ancestors – East and West

Over recent years I have given a number of lectures about researching in Europe, either in person or online. The one thing that is consistent across delivering the presentation in both formats is the amount of questions. I am not … Continue reading

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Genealogy During COVID

Like the rest of the world, I was at home during lock down, the furthest I went for 4 months was the end of the drive or the garden, so I had plenty of time to ponder and look at … Continue reading

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A Year in Surnames Week 3 – A Surname that is curious #AYearInSurnames

This week I have chosen to not focus on a specific surname, but something that happens with surnames; the use of an alias. I talked about what I worked during lock-down, you can read that post HERE. During my work … Continue reading

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A Year in Surnames Week 2 – Surname Beginning with A (Ayling) #AYearInSurnames

This week I have focused on a surname that occurs in my own ancestry, the surname of AYLING. My Grandfather’s sister, Ellen Butcher married Albert Edward Ayling in 1930 at St Nicholas Church at Guildford. Albert was known by his … Continue reading

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Maps as a Visual Addition to a One-Name Study & Genealogy

It is obvious that a map is a visual aid to research, but yesterday I was sitting thinking, as you do and reached for this map of the parishes within Surrey – the map is from the West Surrey Family … Continue reading

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Victory in Europe – #VEDay2020

I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking about my Grandparents and in particular my maternal Grandparents; George Butcher (1908-1974) and Lilian Edith Matthews (1912-1995). The United Kingdom declared war on Germany on 3rd September 1939. My Grandparents married at … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies Z is for Zoology

I am sure there are a number of genealogists out there pondering how zoology could be linked to genealogy. I was curious too. One of my Butcher ancestors, migrated from Surrey in 1814, selling the family home and most of … 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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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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The Genealogy Blog Party: Celebrating Women’s History Month

This photograph is one of my most treasured photographs. The lady sitting down is my Great Great Grandmother, Caroline Harris nee Ellis. According to my great Aunts, who were Caroline’s grandchildren she was a formidable lady. She did not suffer … Continue reading

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