6th October 2014

Famous for smashing atoms

Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton was an Irish physicist and Nobel Prize winner. Born on 6 October 1903, he worked with John Cockcroft at Cambridge University in […]
5th October 2014

#40 Halwill Sillifant boys

Current events have directed me to this branch of my extended Sillifant family tree…. Yesterday, I attended the Devon FHS AGM & Conference in Exeter. I always love […]
4th October 2014

Jobs for the boys

Today (in 1883), the Boys’ Brigade was founded in Glasgow by Sir William Alexander Smith (27 October 1854 – 10 May 1914). Born in Pennyland House, Thurso, Scotland, he […]
3rd October 2014

International distress

On 3 October 1906, at the Berlin Radiotelegraphic Conference, it was decided that SOS would be the international distress signal. Many people thought it stood for […]
2nd October 2014


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – more commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi – was born on this day in 1869. In India, his birthday is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti, […]
1st October 2014

Anyone for T?

Priced at $850, the first production Model T was announced for release on 1 October 1908 in Detroit, USA. The design and development had started in […]
30th September 2014

Mother unknown

Sometimes, when we are researching for clients, fascinating gems pop out of the records and yesterday was one of those occasions. How many of you have […]
29th September 2014

Chickens and parsons’ daughters

So, the saying goes: ‘Michaelmas chickens and parsons’ daughters never come to good’. But, what on earth does it mean? Today is Michaelmas, the feast day […]
28th September 2014

#39 Mary Ann Day (1843-?)

Mary Ann was the third born child of William Henry Day and his first wife, Elizabeth (nee Everett). Born in the September quarter of 1843 in […]