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This post is part of a tour inspired from #BelleLive, and what watching the show on #CreativeLive (www.creativelive.com) taught me about Blogging.
April taught viewers best methods to Blogging; from the writing process to taking our own photos, and how important it is to engage with our readers. So, through this post I am going to share something about my family history to hopefully inspire you to find out more about your genealogy.
Did you know that you have nearly 500 direct ancestors going back over two hundred years? Amazing isn’t it!
To help fill in your tree of direct ancestors, try looking up your grandmother’s grandparents – I chose my mother’s mother, her name was Emma Ballard, and her parents were Thomas Richard Ballard and Sarah Ann Thorogood. My great grandparents. So my next step was to find out about Sarah’s parents who would be my grandmother’s grandparents. Searching through census records and using the free site www.freebmd.org.uk I found out that Sarah’s parents were William Thorogood and Sarah Ann Tomlyn. William and Sarah were born in different villages in Essex, but somehow, met and married in a larger town close to London. Did they move closer to London for work? Were there other family members living there before them? I have yet to find this information – but researching this is the fun part. It’s a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle and doing a small piece at a time to build up the picture – a picture that tells us more about our family and perhaps tells us more about ourselves.
I now know one set of my grandmother’s grandparents; I know their names and where they lived, so can research about their villages to find out what kind of lives they might have lived. I now know that Sarah Ann was a family name. What can you find out about your grandparent’s grandparents? Do you have grandparents around to ask them questions? If not, what about your parents, can you ask them if they know? Don’t forget Uncles, Aunts, or cousins, some of them might just give you the right information to find out more.
I hope this encourages you to find out more about your genealogy. Please let me know when and if you find out, or perhaps you already know – let me know, I love hearing about other people’s research.
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