Being disabled (though the government doesn't seem to understand this) my blog also gives me a platform for discussing how I feel about being ill and an outlet for my feelings when things get a bit difficult. I'll try to be positive though!
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Here is a link to my first blog where I introduce myself.
Due to marrying a Barnsley chap (or the OH as I call him in my blogs) in 2004 I am now based here in the very centre of England. I have extended his family tree to the point where his ancestors and their descendants are intermarrying not only with each other but with the ancestors of many of our friends in Barnsley. Not that I'm saying Barnsley is a small place, it's just that I've spent so long on this bit of research that I am no longer surprised to find that my OH's father's best friend was also his fifth cousin twice removed, or that my friend GB is related by marriage to her husband through my husband!
You will note that I have a page headed Family History Stories, this is where I am collecting links to my blogs which heavily feature stories about members of my family tree.
My online family tree pages can be found here. The page Surname Interests in this blog lists most of the names in my tree and the OH's and the places our families lived so you can have a quick look to see if you might be connected to us.
I am particularly attached to my Hutton family, who were a family of Master Mariners and Shipowners in Sunderland and Hartlepool. Hence the sailing ship on my header.
Other family names from Sunderland are Mordey, Douglas, Elstob and Vaux (of the brewery). I have traced each of these families back to the early 18th century, and would like to investigate the complex links between these families of middle-class merchants, shipowners, master mariners, lawyers and doctors (surgeons). Unfortunately I live over 100 miles away from the relevant archives, so currently my research is limited to what I can glean online or by sending for documents through the post.
I have a long standing interest in the suburb of Heeley in Sheffield and was involved in the Heeley History Workshop until I moved to Barnsley in 2003.
My husband's family also have sailing roots, on canals from Manchester to Goole and onwards into the Humber estuary.
I did a big public talk on 11th March 2013 for the Friends of the Barnsley Archives. It was on Barnsley Soldiers of the First World War. It went very well and I have plans to do others, you can download a leaflet about my talks here and read more about them on my History Talks tab above.
As a consequence of that talk I decided to write up the stories of the various WW1 soldier ancestors in mine and the OH's trees - the page World War One Soldiers' Stories will display the links to these in one convenient list as I write them.
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