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52 ancestors - Rachel Halden/Willis

Rachel Halden is my Great Great Grandmother, she was baptised on 2 September in Milwich, Staffordshire. On the 1841 census she is living with her parents… 163 more words

52 ancestors - Sarah Pickard/Sellars

Sarah Pickard is my Great Great Great Grandmother, all I know about Sarah is that she married Joseph Sellars in 1827 in Middlesmoor North Yorkshire, Joseph was a school master but Sarah couldn’t write so “left her mark” on the entry. 30 more words

Family History

52 ancestors - Mary Hyslop/Stevenson

I know little about Mary Hyslop as she only lived until she was 19 years old when she died giving birth to my Great Grandmother… 73 more words

52 ancestors - Kezia Parker/Kenyon

Kezia Parker is my Great Great Grandmother, she was born in Anneseley, Nottinghamshire in 1839. It appears that her mother Sarah, a washer woman was a single mother, although on her marriage certificate Kezia lists a deceased father, William Parker a gardener. 227 more words

Times have changed, thank goodness

The next four women in my blog are all direct ancestors who died in childbirth, we have much to be thankful for in modern medicine or even not so modern, things got so much better when you could call the midwife.

New Genealogy Research Service

 (drum roll….) announcing a new genealogy research service for people wanting to find out more about their connections to the Isle of Westray (one of the North Isles of Orkney). 345 more words

Ancestral Welcome

Little Jonnie Lathrop, or, Life and Death on the Prairie

This is my great-great-grandmother, Caroline Jane (Webber) Gile. I love this picture. Usually in pictures this old the people don’t really smile, and old photos of babies usually have them by themselves or in mother’s lap, and half the time baby is blurred out because she is moving too much for the camera to focus. 677 more words

19th Century