December 5, 2020

A Man With Two Surnames – John William Mennell

Quite often people work backwards to an ancestor and then that ancestor seems to just disappear without trace. A family history brick wall, as it is called. That’s usually when I get involved! Back in 2015 I did a family tree for a customer and their great-great-grandfather was one of these people. What follows is […]

WW1 Photo Mystery Solved

Well, I did solve it but it had already been solved, let me explain. I got back from holiday on Saturday and in the pile of post waiting for me was the Locallink magazine for February 2013. Browsing through it on Sunday I noticed a short article entitled “Faces From The Past” which showed a […]

Is This The Shortest Dade Register?

It would seem that a Bishop did not have as much power over a curate as you might think. I was at Durham Record Office the other week looking to prove a couple of relationships and hopefully trace a family line for a customer. A couple had had some children between 1780 and 1812 so […]

Primo George Dunk K. O. M.

I wasn’t entirely sure what a “Primo” was or for that matter what the letters K.O.M. stood for but I did know this was an impressive medal and that George Dunk must have been an important member of the St Leonards R.A.O.B. lodge. So I thought I’d see if I could find out who he […]

Railway Ancestors at The National Railway Museum

I was asked recently to do some research for someone on an ancestor of theirs who worked for one of the railway companies. Now, the majority of railway employee records are held at the National Archives so I wasn’t sure how I could help but a call to The National Railway Museum opened my eyes […]

South Yorkshire Archives

This week I’ve been trying to identify an early emigrant to Australia and to do so I needed to visit a couple of archives in South Yorkshire. Now I spend most of time researching in York so I have to remind myself what records are where when it comes to South Yorkshire and this isn’t […]

York Watermen

I’m looking into a family for a customer at the moment who were watermen for at least 3 generations going back to the late 18th Century. The river ouse has always been important to the city and was an industrial conduit in the 19th century carrying, amongst other cargo, coal out to the sea ports […]