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…

What Do I Think I’m Called?

I’ve been researching my family history for a good few years now. I’ve found skeletons and I’ve found mysteries. But sometimes it’s the ordinary things that are the most interesting. The things that continued for generations, that no-one particularly thought about at the time. The things people accepted as normal. On my mother’s side, my…

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…