25th February 2014

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Well in fact, just automobiles …. as today marks the 115th anniversary of the first driver to die in a car accident. Edwin Sewell, a thirty-one […]
24th February 2014

Caught in the Act

Between 1788 and 1853, approximately 25,000 women were transported to Australia for their crimes. Around half were sent to Van Diemen’s Land with most of the […]
23rd February 2014

#8 William Henry Bird

My great grandmother – Florence Ellen Bird – was born in Coventry on 25 September 1883 of William Henry and Helena Cora … should have been […]
22nd February 2014

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014

A slightly later blog today after my return to rural Wiltshire from the big smoke. Good heavens – it’s amazing how quickly three days can pass […]
21st February 2014

The marvels of random conversations

If you missed my blog on Monday of this week and/or you are not in any way interested in family history, you may not be aware […]
20th February 2014

Ann B C D E F G H I J K L M N O Q R S T U V W X Y Z Pepper – follow-up

In Tuesday’s blog, I raised the interesting case of Ann Pepper and her ludicrous number of middle names and I was, as I said, intrigued about her […]
19th February 2014

The windscreen wiper – who knew?

Every day is a new day and an opportunity to learn more about the world. Today, I discovered who invented the windscreen wiper! Would you Adam […]
18th February 2014

Is that really necessary?

Sometimes, when carrying out genealogical research, aren’t you left wondering ‘Why on earth….?’, ‘What on earth….?’ and ‘surely not?!’ One instance is the birth of Ann […]
17th February 2014

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014 – see you there?

Years ago, the Society of Genealogists ran an annual event (starting back in 1993) at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Combining forces with the BBC television show […]