I’ve been researching my family history for almost 20 years now and started this blog when I stopped full time work. I decided that it was time that I did something will all the information I’ve acquired. It’s no good just collecting paper (certificates, census pages etc) and leaving it sitting in folders gathering dust on the shelf.
When I started researching I was intrigued to find that although my more recent ancestors were Londoners, the families had arrived in London from various parts of England. Then I ventured onto my husband’s family history and found a similar picture. This encouraged me to find out more about the growth of London and the migration from the more rural areas of England.
I also wanted to prove (or disprove!) some of the family stories I had been told. I The blog ranges across direct family history research, taking in local and social history on the way, along with my love of old maps and postcards. In recent months I’ve tried to look more closely at the research process, as I’m concerned that much of what is published online is not sourced and is often incorrect. I try to be as accurate as possible, sticking to the facts and never accepting “hints” from any of the genealogy websites without checking the sources!
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