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UK Census Day 2011

One of the highlights of any genealogist’s calendar – census day! I couldn’t help but wonder about my descendants, in a hundred or so years time, digging through the records to extract as much information as they can about great-great grandma and grandpa, where they lived, what they did, who their children were … assuming … Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday – Alfred and Lizzie Coates

Don’t they look smart? Genealogy information for Alfred Coates.

Mystery Monday – Carter, Herbert or David?

This handsome young fellow is one of my grandmothers brothers. Two of her brothers, Herbert and David Carter, became policemen, and this is one of them. Sadly we don’t know which one. I don’t know if I could manage to read his collar badge, and then maybe trace him that way.

Talented Tuesday – Sir William Blackstone

My great-great-great-great-great-grandfather was a most talented man. He was born on 10 July 1723 at Cheapside in London. His father was an affluent merchant, who died before William was born. He was educated at Charterhouse and then at Pembroke College, Oxford, and was elected a Fellow of All Souls, Oxford in 1744. He was called … Continue reading

Surname Saturday – Where are the Whitlocks?

My great-grandmother was Mary Ann Whitlock, born according to the census, in 1872. My father and I have both been searching for her birth in vain. We’ve also been searching for the birth registration of her twelve siblings. They appear on the census too, but not on the BMD. So where are they all? Looks … Continue reading