Author Archives: Janet Finlay

Tombstone Tuesday: The Spencers of Sapcote

Sometimes you make a discovery that makes your heart sing. One such moment for me was finding the Spencer graves in the village churchyard in Sapcote in Leicestershire. Here unexpectedly were four generations of my family, resting side by side, … Continue reading

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Profits of misery

At the end of February, University College London made available an important online database: Legacies of British Slave Ownership. The records of 46,000 compensation claims made by British slave owners, following abolition of slavery in the British colonies in 1833, … Continue reading

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The end of the challenge

So we reach the end of February – and the end of the Family History Writing Challenge. How did that come around so quickly? So what have I achieved? Well my original idea of blogging daily on the alphabetical theme … Continue reading

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Alice Mary Brodie (1868-1912)

Aunt Alice Brodie was, it seems, our dark family secret. I remember reading a letter from my grandmother’s cousin Douglas asking my mother if she knew anything about his father’s sister Alice. My mother knew nothing, since my grandmother had … Continue reading

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Take time

We’ve now had a whole week of the Family History Writing Challenge. How is it so far? Well I have stuck to my pledge to write at least 250 words and am moving rapidly towards my first 2000 words. I … Continue reading

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FHWC Day 4

A brief check in here to say mission accomplished for Day 4. Another 400 words written – some a rewrite of previous sections but all movement in the right direction. What has particularly struck me today is how considering the … Continue reading

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FHWC Day 3

This story is taking longer than I expected! I’m on day 3 of the writing challenge. Yesterday I did 278 words and today have written 521, so I am ahead of my pledge, with well over 1000 words, but only … Continue reading

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Getting started

It is February 1st and the Family History Writing Month challenge has begun. Over the past week I spent some time outlining what I intend to write about and reminding myself of my research sources. Today I started writing. I … Continue reading

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My theme for the Family History Writing Challenge

So I have decided to write stories here as my FHWC in February but I thought it might be fun to work from a theme – and having found some great posts from other A-Z challenges, I have decided to … Continue reading

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Family History Writing Challenge

I’ve decided to take the plunge and take part in the 2013 Family History Writing Challenge this year and get this blog – and my family history writing – kick-started. The challenge is simple: to commit to writing your family … Continue reading

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