Category Archives: Brittain family

Information about my BRITTAIN ancestors

Some thoughts on writing this blog

Anyone who’s checked out this blog recently will note that it’s been a while since I posted.  I haven’t done much genealogy research though the summer , and I admit to feeling a little bit disheartened by the whole project.   … Continue reading

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A First Look at the 1939 Register – my grandparents

Now that the 1939 Register is included in the FindMyPast 12 Month World Subscription I have started looking up my ancestors who were alive at that time.  At the moment the records of my parents, Roy and Doris Brittain (nee … Continue reading

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Hannah Brittain – a snippet from Ancestry

I already knew that my 3x great grandmother Hannah Brittain, nee Marsden, had died in Colney Hatch Asylum in July 1881 but when ancestry.co.uk released the UK  Lunacy Patients Admission Registers for 1846-1912 I had a quick look to see … Continue reading

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Back to the Brittains – my great great grandfather’s children

After a short break from genealogy I’ve  decided to return to my paternal line and check my research on my great great grandfather’s family.  Thomas Brittain was born in 1834 and married Mary Couling in April 1863.  They had seven … Continue reading

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The Brittain family on a day out at Jaywick

I love this photo, which was given to me by my uncle.  One the reverse is written “Brittains at Jaywick”.   Everyone looks happy and relaxed.  The picture may have been taken by a “walking photographer” on the promenade but it … Continue reading

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A Post for Father’s Day

As it’s Father’s Day here in the UK,  I thought I’d mark the occasion with some family photos.  Despite rummaging through the albums I haven’t managed to find a photo in which I appear with my father .  He was … Continue reading

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Thomas Nye Brittain: Debt and Insolvency

Since my last post about Thomas Nye Brittain  and his children I’ve been digging around trying to find out why he gave up the china dealing business and went back to shoemaking.   I was sure that something must have happened … Continue reading

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On the trail of Thomas Nye Brittain’s children

I have realised that writing this blog is making me focus on my ancestors in a closer way than perhaps I have done previously. Rather than just listing names, I’m now trying to find out more about the individuals even … Continue reading

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More about Thomas Nye Brittain

At the end of my previous post on this subject I left Thomas in London, working as a china dealer in 1851.  It seems that he continued in this occupation for a while, as the 1856 London Post Office Directory … Continue reading

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Thomas Nye Brittain – shoemaker and sometime China Dealer

Thomas Nye Brittain My 3xgreat grandfather, Thomas Nye Brittain was born in Wheelock / Sandbach in about 1811. He was baptised at St Mary’s Sandbach on 9th April 1815 along with his sister, Mary Ann. The surname was spelled “Brittin” … Continue reading

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