Category Archives: 1891 Census

The Gaskells of Bollington

For quite some time, a branch of my family tree has stood there, undisturbed and unexplored. I have often wondered what became of my great-great-grandmother’s sister Diana, her seven children, and their descendants. Surely, with seven children, there must be … Continue reading

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Remembering Ash Villa

There are not many buildings left standing where an ancestor of mine once lived. One of the few exceptions that I know of is a quaint yet ordinary-looking, four-bedroom house called Ash Villa, in Upper Colwall, Herefordshire. Nestled behind the … Continue reading

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Our elusive ancestors

Elusive ancestors. We all have them. We all chase them. And very often, they remain a mystery. Who among you has not come across a distant forebear who will just not turn up in the usual sources? In England and … Continue reading

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier and his Ballerina

Every now and then I use my lunch hour to have a peruse through my family tree in search of gaps that need filling. Today I decided to give my great-grandfather’s cousin a go. Until now all I had found … Continue reading

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Adopting new attitudes towards adopting

Have you ever considered adopting a child? Whether the answer is yes or no, I’m sure that at some point in your life you’ve come across families with an adopted child or children. In fact, adoption is an alternative regulated … Continue reading

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A Matriarch’s Ordeal

Now that the weekend has slowly ebbed away, I can positively say that I wasted it away completely. Well, not entirely, because I spent most of it double-checking some collateral lines in my family tree which I had neglected for … Continue reading

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A New Branch Full of Surprises

Every time I assume that by now I have located and traced entirely all the collateral branches of my family tree, I am (happily) proven wrong. A couple of days ago I logged on Ancestry.co.uk where a pop-up message informed … Continue reading

Posted in 1871 Census, 1881 Census, 1891 Census, 1901 Census, 1911 Census, Birth, Colwall, Death, England, Genealogy, Herefordshire, Illness, Marriage, Property, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Workhouse | 1 Comment

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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The Granny from Codling Hall

It’s always exciting to discover a relative who had a bit of money, or at least owned some property here and there. It makes you feel slightly above other genealogists who so far have only been able to trace labourers … Continue reading

Posted in 1861 Census, 1871 Census, 1891 Census, 1911 Census, England, Genealogy, Herefordshire, Hope-under-Dinmore, Property | 4 Comments

The most tragic Vickresses of all

A few years ago, thanks to one of the best genealogy websites available, I discovered that my great-great-grandmother was called Elizabeth Vickress. Her unusual, odd-sounding surname is apparently very old, but seems to have sprung out under its current spelling … Continue reading

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