A-Z of Family History Sources & Stories
Join me on this A-Z journey to explore the fascinating records
that can enhance your family history research and writing.
TRIBUTES - I perhaps was slow to realise this, but I have discovered that blogging gives me a marvellous opportunity to pay Tribute to my ancestors through profiles of my great grandmother Maria Danson, nee Rawcliffe, to my great uncle George Danson who was killed in the First World War, to my grandfather William Danson who won the Military Medal, to my feisty Great Aunt Jennie, to the war time experiences of my father John Weston, to my uncle Harry Danson who was evacuated at Dunkirk, and to the talents of my mother and aunt - Kathleen and Edith Danson. I am proud to have done this.
|A Painting by my Aunt Edith|
Earlston Parish Church Outing, 1907 -
one wonders how they managed going up and down the Scottish Borders hills!
My brother on the ancestral trail in front of the famous Ironbridge, in Shropshire built in 1779. Our father grew up here, sang in the local church choir from the age of seven and was vice-captain of the school football team. His father Albert Weston walked 35 minute each way across the bridge each day to get to work.
TIMELINES to me are an important feature of a family history narrative. Our ancestors did not live in a vacuum. I am a firm believer in setting their lives in a wider context of life around them - what was happening at a local, national and international leveL? I usually present this in the form of a text box in each chapter.
My father was always called a Titanic baby - a bit of a misnomer, but it related to the fact 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. Some ideas here: