D is for: Dansons - My mother was Kathleen Danson and I have traced the family back six generations to the baptism of John Danson in 1736, son of Peter - a family at the centre of my blogging stories.
|Marriage entry for Samuel Donaldson in the Old Parish Records for South Leith , Midlothian, 1759|
|My grandmother |
Alice Danson, nee English
Directories give little more than a name, brief address and confirmation of status or occupation, yet, as with all archives, there is a fascination in discovering the name of your ancestor in a publication written in his lifetime. A page in Mannex Directory of 1851 for Amounderness (the old name for the Fylde, Lancashire) lists my great great grandfather Henry Danson at Trap Farm, Carleton, his neighbour and brother in law John Bryning, and under Poulton-le-Fylde Inns and Taverns two relations by marriage William Gaulter of the Golden Ball and Cornelius Cardwell of the Kings Arms, plus watchmaker James Brownbill.
Diaries - if I had a touch of genealogical envy, it would be for family historians who have a diary written by their ancestor. What a wonderful piece of personal history.
To end on a more prosaic note, be aware of Data Protection legislation in restricting access to archives less than 75 years old, (100 years where children are involved). Your local archivist can advise on this complex topic