Visiting the Family (Tree)

I have 12,700 relatives, all over the world – Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, as well as England and Scotland (so basically, come to think of it, just the post-colonial white English-speaking world). Have you ever thought about researching your own tree? It’s fascinating – I’ve uncovered mystery, heart break, and skeletons in the…

Where Do I Think I’m From?

This post has nothing whatsoever to do with corona virus. Thought I’d give y’all a break. I’ve been researching my family tree for quite a while now. My parents came from Yorkshire in England, and Fife in Scotland. My grandparents were from Northumberland, Yorkshire – and Fife My great grandparents were from Kent, Lincolnshire, Northumberland,…

A Skeleton in the Cupboard

I’ve got 11,249 relatives. I’ve been researching my family history for quite a while now. One of the reasons we do it is to find the skeletons – we all like a bit of gossip, even if it’s 200 year old gossip!! So – this is the story of one of my skeletons. My Great,…

Who Do I Think I Am?

I enjoy visiting old relatives. Really old relatives. Really, really old relatives. Over the last couple of days I’ve been visiting Peter Righton Atkinson, 1829 – 1888. He’s actually only a relative by marriage – he married my 2nd cousin 4 times removed in 1857 – but still fascinating. I started delving into my family…