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Monday, 2 April 2012

A is for Adventure, Alice, and Archives - A-Z Genealogical Challenge

Ros at http://genwestuk.blogspot.com/ has come  up with the idea of an A to Z genealogical challenge for the month of April.  It soon got me thinking, so here are my contributions.

Maria Danson, nee Rawcliffe
with granddaughter Annie Maria.

A is for:
Adventure - when I started toying with the idea of tracing my family history, how little did I know on what a journey of adventure it would be - finding my way through the resources; alighting on surprising coincidences such as my great grandmother Maria Rawcliffe (right)  born the same day as my daughter 114 years later;  discovering I had American connections, hitting obstacles,  with the birth of my grandmother and the name of her mother remaining  my major brickwall;  being at times astonished, puzzled  and moved by what I am finding.  The Adventure continues.....

Alice Mason nee Rawcliffe with husband James
and 3 of their large family

Alice is the sister of my great grandmother Maria (above)  and her story of Adventure  particularly fascinates me as she emigrated from rural Lancashire  with six children under 11 (plus 2 pieces of baggage) to join her husband, John Mason in the teeming tenments of Brooklyn,   New York in 1887.   They had a further five children including Arthur Valentine, born appropriately 14th February 1888.  To add to the story, after many many years, I have recently  had contact from Alice's descendants in America (thanks to this blog)  and am looking forward to discovering more about my American connections.

Archives - I had to include this,  as I used to work in the Heritage Hub, Hawick,  home of the Scottish Borders Archive Service. Again it is a story of Adventure exploring the unique records and touching pages that record details  of our ancestor in their own lifetime, whether it be a poor law entry, a school record, or a will.   

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1 comment:

  1. I can take no credit Susan, it was Julie at Anglers Rest who sent me down the A to Z path. I agree that family history is a most wonderful adventure, and you know I love archives.


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