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Sunday, 23 August 2009

A good day

I have been up to my ears in family history today - and sinking fast. I keep saying I'll just look at one more person and a couple of hours later I'm still plugging away and finding out all sorts of things. One offshoot of the family from my great great grandmother's generation lived in the same road in Spalding as the office I worked in until recently. I suspect the property they lived in is no longer there though I shall go and have a look next time I'm in the town. They were mainly chimney sweeps which was obviously reasonably profitable in the late 19th and early twentieth centuries.

Mainly people seem to have stayed in and around Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire though I've found offshoots as far away as Wales and Bradford with a few in London. The London ones were mainly where women had married people from elsewhere. I have also found one small family in Cannock in Staffordshire - strangely enough not far from my maternal grandfather!

Absolutely fascinating stuff and I think I could get interested in tracing anyone's family. It's a bit like doing complicated jigsaw puzzles.


NAM said...

Oh good, I'm glad it's not just me!
I look donors' family history up for work sometimes, and it interests me greatly even though it's nothing to do with me. I particularly like the analogy with jigsaw puzzles...

That's a very good geographical spread you've got there. As you know, my lot are mainly Suffolk and Norfolk, apart from the Scots and Oxford contingents, although William the Mason's wife allegedly comes from Portsmouth, for a complete change. I suppose the point is that a lot of people satyed in one place, but a significant number had to move around in search of work.

Jilly said...

I suppose it's why I've always been interested in genealogy because I used to study the Royal Family's family tree for hours at a time.