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George Christmas Leggett & Edward George Leggett - Disaster at Sea

On the 22nd September 1914, three sister ships HMS Hogue, HMS Cressy and HMS Aboukir were sunk in just one hour by SM U-9 of the Dutch Coast in a location known as Broad Fourteens, North Sea resulting in the loss of 1,459 men. 730 more words


I feel you there

All the hearts of those before me

Your dreams are in mine

Or are my dreams echoes

Of what you imagined for yourselves… 56 more words

Ancestry DNA Results

I did one of those Ancestry DNA tests, and my results are as follows:

So I’m a total of 60% Nordic. I’m happy with that. 54 more words


Allt För Sverige? I hope so!

I’ve just applied to be on a Swedish reality show, and I’m nervous!


My Swedish ancestry is a big deal in my life. My family hears about it all the time, whether I’m telling stories about our ancestors or practicing the Swedish language (by speaking to myself—and yes, I answer myself). 1,002 more words

What I'm Doing

Hey Honey

We’ve had several discussions about prefaces and introductions in our writing group. In the case of the family history, I chose to make the introduction part of the text and use it as the first chapter, “Setting the Stage.” For the preface, I told a story to indicate the reason for writing the history and illustrate the final nudge for putting pen to paper, fingers to keyboard. 677 more words


The Changing Landscape of Family History

I’m feeling a little lost. This is the time of year when my thoughts would be turning towards planning my ‘Who Do You Think You Are? 1,713 more words

Family History

Patrick Herbert Redvers Mabey

There is little I can tell you of Patrick’s life. All I have is his name, and two photographs. My mother labelled this photograph and placed it in the album, honouring a relative long lost. 364 more words