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Epitaphs can often be moving or witty. Ones relating to my family follow the traditional pattern, and are not particularly striking, but this one appealed to me in paying tribute to young Alice Cookson who died 9 May 1815 aged 22, with the touching thought "She lived respected and died lamented"
Emigration - where would we be without the Internet when it comes to finding emigration records? http://www.ancestry.co.uk/ provided me with the details on my great great aunt Alice Mason, nee Rawcliffe aged 33 who set sail on board the Aurania from Liverpool for New York with 6 children aged 10 months to 11 years old, plus two pieces of baggage - can you imagine how she had to cope with the living conditions on board?
Electoral Rolls are useful adjuncts to census returns in confirming that an individual lived at a specific address at a specific time and was eligible to vote. But it is important to remember, when looking for your female ancestors, that women in Britian only gained the vote on the same basis as men in 1928, with limited suffrage given ten years earlier to women aged 30 and over who met the minimum prperty qualification .
Events - our ancestors did not exist in a vacuum and to me it is important to link their lives with events going on around them at a local, national and internationl level. My father was always called a Titanic baby, as he was born 15th April 1912, the night the Titanic sank. For major events, date reference books can help, but local newspapers and local histories are invaluable sources of information.
The possiblities are endless.for adding colour to a family story.............,,,,,