Category Archives: People

Posts about individuals in my family tree.

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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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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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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