R is for:
Research, Records, Resources, References and Registrars - at the heart of our family history activities.
Regret in not asking the right questions of the right people at the right time.
The daughter of my Great Aunt Jennie had a box of memorabilia in her loft, which she wondered what to do with - and I was the benefactor of photographs, used heavily in my blog, including the only photograph of my great grandfather James Danson and two unknown photographs of my great grandmother Maria Rawcliffe - plus much much more. I was also able to see and photograph Maria's teaset and jewellery (below). I was touching personal possessions used by Maria who lived 1859-1919.
|A brooch and necklace brought back from Malta by Maria's son Frank,|
after he was in hospital on the island during the First World War.
Receipts - those bits of paper which tend to get thrown out. Yet they are a piece of ephemera that can be so full of interest for family historians.
Regional Names - my main areas of interest are my mother's Danson and Rawcliffe families - both prominent names in Lancashire. My father John Weston came from the English Midlands, where that surname is prevalent.
I live now in the Scottish Borders, which has many distinctive surnames associated with the region. If you are researching the surname of Scott, Turnbull, Elliot, or Armstrong you have a challenge ahead of you to ensure you are looking at the right branch - there are so many.
I recently helped a friend trace her Spowart miner ancestors in Fife, Scotland. The surname to me was unusual, but look at Fife records, and Spowarts abound.
|Peebles Station in the Scottish Borders - since demolished and now a car park. .|
From the postcard collection of the Heritage Hub, Hawick