Category Archives: Surnames

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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George Butcher #GOONSblogchallenge – Post 8

Today is the 112th birthday of my maternal Grandfather, George Butcher. Born in 1908 in Wanborough, Surrey, he was one of 9 children who survived into adulthood from a family of 12. At the time of the Second World War … Continue reading

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Sicilian Sulphur Mining #GOONSblogchallenge – Post 7

Caltanissetta is located in the centre of Sicily, dominating the Salso River. From the beginning of the 19th Century, Caltanissetta became a mining centre following the discovery of huge sulphur deposits. Between 1830-1835, according to the General Statistics of Sulphur … Continue reading

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Q & A – How do I set up an eBay search for my Surname?

Following my article in Family Tree Magazine, where I mentioned setting up an eBay alert for a surname, I received a few questions on how to set it up. I thought I would also answer that here, in a step … Continue reading

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Genealogy Blog Party – We ❤️ February – actually no, I don’t! #GOONSblogchallenge – Post 6

Taking part in the Genealogy Blog Party, hosted by Elizabeth at MyDescendantsAncestors.com. February, and in particular Valentine’s day is now a subdued day. The day in 2020 marks the 6th year since my Mum passed away, just two days before her … Continue reading

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