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About familyhistoryfootsteps

I have been researching my family history for several years. I'm particularly interested in social history and enjoy learning about, and trying to understand the context of our ancestors' lives. From the mid 1800s onwards most of my direct ancestors lived and worked in London.

My Brittain great aunts and uncles

Checking out the Brittain siblings I’ve recently updated a previous post ( about my Brittain family after receiving some information from a cousin about the identity of three of the people in a photograph.  This prompted me to look again … Continue reading

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A Settlement Examination in Shoreditch

In 1856 my great great grandfather, John Miles,  underwent a settlement examination in Shoreditch.  He was aged 46, a resident of 5 White Hart Court, Hoxton, the address at which he was living at every census from 1841 until 1871.  … Continue reading

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A possible sighting of a 3x great grandfather?

I’ve been searching in vain for any records which might relate to my 3x great grandfather, Richard Miles.  When his son, John Miles, married in 1841 he gave his father’s name as Richard Miles, deceased, a basket maker. Recently I … Continue reading

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A widow’s pension

In previous posts I’ve written about my great grandfather , John William Saunders (1875-1920) who died in 1920 having served  in WW1. He was wounded  and taken prisoner in 1917.  I have wondered whether his widow, my great grandmother Emily, … Continue reading

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George Blackburn (1801-1856)

Earlier this year I was leafing through a recently arrived copy of Family Tree magazine when I reached an article about how to develop your research and break down some of the “brickwalls” which face us all from time to … Continue reading

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Another great great great grandmother – Eliza Card (1818-1869)

My 3 x great grandmother, Eliza Card, was born in Westbury, Somerset and baptised in the parish church there in 1818.  Her parents were John Card and Hester / Esther , and according to family stories, John was a wealthy … Continue reading

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A post for Mothering Sunday

It’s Mothering Sunday (Mothers’ Day) here in the UK . So, in loving memory of my mother Doris (1928-1993) here are a couple of photographs. I’m not sure how old she is in this photograph, probably early teens? On her … Continue reading

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Birthdate memories: Frederick George Neville Sheepwash

  This photograph shows my grandfather, Frederick George Neville (1898-1972) standing in a garden, cigarette in hand. I’m not sure where or when the photo was taken but I’m guessing maybe the late 1940s or  early 1950s.  I’ve left the … Continue reading

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More about the Batchelors of Bethnal Green

For a long time, I was unable to identify the parents of my 3x great grandfather, David Joseph BATCHELOR.  But recently I realised that the answer had possibly been staring me in the face every time I looked at the … Continue reading

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Batchelors and Boyles of Bethnal Green

One of my first family history tasks this year has been to update my “Surname Interests” on this blog.  Having  decided to identify the earliest record for each of the main surnames I’m researching,  I quickly realised that I needed … Continue reading

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