24th August 2014

#34 Ernest Richard Sillifant, postman of Lifton (1889-1937)

Ernest Richard Sillifant was baptised at his parent’s home on 29 September 1889 in Halwill. The family were Bible Christians and in the 1891 census, they lived […]
23rd August 2014

Have ethics gone out of the window?

Anyone who has watched the television programme Heir Hunters will realise that the business is all about ‘getting there first’ …. or is it? Being first […]
22nd August 2014

Freaky Friday

452! I can hardly believe it… 452 Squirrel(l)s in 1881. Where did they all sprout from? This nifty piece of software – Surname Atlas – maps […]
21st August 2014

Crazy Thursday

Tortoise keeping has been popular in the UK for a long time and it is estimated that between the years 1969-1972 approximately 480,000 tortoises were imported […]
20th August 2014

The Battle of Britain

These historic words have been much quoted over the years, both in and out of context. Churchill was referring to the pilots involved in the Battle […]
19th August 2014

Why did he do it?

Today is a sad day, marking the 27th anniversary of what became known as the Hungerford massacre. Gunman Michael Ryan, armed with two semi-automatic rifles and […]
18th August 2014

What do you work for?

It’s a crazy world we live in these days. Who would have been able to foresee, when I was in the Brownies, that in thirty years […]
17th August 2014

#33 Jessamine Maria Gosling (1795-1819)

Sometimes, my ancestors have very interesting and different names. No Elizabeth, Sarah or Ann here…. nope, Jessamine! Jessamine Maria Gosling was born in Farnham on 13 November […]
16th August 2014

How did Cecelia survive?

Twenty-seven years ago today, the Northwest Airlines flight 255 crashed on take-off in Detroit, killing 154 people on board; the sole survivor was a four-year-old girl. […]