6th August 2014

‘Little Boy’

On 6 August 1945, the USA dropped the first atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. At 8:15am Japanese time, the atomic bomb (named ‘Little […]
5th August 2014

Maps and photographs in genealogy

When tracing back in time, many people ask: How can I find out more about where my ancestors lived? To do this, electoral registers, directories and parish […]
4th August 2014

Lights out

For the most part, we try to select topics which are not blogged about elsewhere when we put together our daily missives. However today, we simply […]
3rd August 2014

#31 Olive Gosling (1891-1968)

Olive Gosling was my great-aunt on my mother’s side – her father’s, mother’s sister…. She was one of three children of Arthur and Ellen Laura (nee […]
2nd August 2014

Discovered by a charcoal-burner in 1100

William II, King of England (known as William Rufus, because of his red face) was killed by an arrow while hunting in the New Forest on this day in […]
1st August 2014

You know you want to!

Go on…. Why don’t you? It’s not that difficult! Or is it? Some people are so good at it. You could be too. What we do […]
31st July 2014

Struck by lightning

In Stanton Harcourt churchyard stands a stone with the following epitaph, telling a very sad story of this day in 1718: Near this place lie the […]
30th July 2014

The one and only….

Sadly, I was not around when England’s football team last won the World Cup. Since the inaugural tournament in 1930, the World Cup has been awarded […]
29th July 2014

Be prepared

On 29 July 1907, Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) took a group of boys to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, for what was basically the first Scout camp. The […]