Monthly Archives: March 2012

Henry W. Sherry: the lover and killer of Mrs Waldock

This is for my friend Belinda, whose interesting ancestor I have been very happy to research. Henry Walter Sherry was born in the first half of the year 1839 in the parish of Stourmouth, near Dover, in the English county … Continue reading

Posted in 1841 Census, 1851 Census, Australia, Death, Emigration, England, Genealogy, Marriage, Murder, Property, Ships | 13 Comments

The Best Father’s Day Gift Ever: Seeing Your Father For The First Time

You will all remember the exciting piece of news last Christmas when, thanks to my distant cousin Anne, in England, and her cousin Michele in America, we discovered my grandfather had a younger half-sister who still lives in New York … Continue reading

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The National Archives’ Old Currency Converter

When tracing your family tree, undoubtedly you will come across many types of documents: from church records to military rolls, pension books, trade directories, passenger lists, maps, and so on. When dealing with property, whether in a will or the … Continue reading

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Going up the female line

Tracing one’s paternal line in history is generally among the main goals of any genealogist, or indeed anyone who feels a certain twinge of curiosity from within to know more about one’s origins. This is in no way surprising, as … Continue reading

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You’re A Lady, Not Toad Of Toad Hall!

Some months before ITV’s Downton Abbey was first released to the general public in Britain last year, I had already become fascinated by American heiresses who one way or other managed to become the wives of some of the wealthiest … Continue reading

Posted in Cuba, Emigration, Engagement, England, Famous Genealogy, Genealogy, Louisiana, Marriage, Property, United States, Women | 6 Comments

Older Mums

Last week I purchased the latest issue of Family Tree magazine. Great! One of the articles this moth’s issue includes discusses 19th-century women who became mothers late in life, a somewhat common phenomenon which has again become recurrent these days … Continue reading

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Annie the cook

I am notorious within my family for being a bad cook. Cooking a sad plate of pasta or heating up a frozen pizza is probably as far as I’ll be able to go – unless a particular situation requires a … Continue reading

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