A-Z of Family History Sources & Stories
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EPITAPHS recorded in Monumental Inscriptions 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 poetic thought "She lived respected and died lamented".
EMIGRATION - where would we be without the Internet when it comes to finding emigration records? Ancestry 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 to Brooklyn, 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? She joined her husband who had sailed a year earlier and they went onto have five more children in New York - so plenty material here to enliven a family history tale.
ELECTION 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 Britain 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 property qualification.
From the same year (1925) the purchase of a pair of children's one bar shoes. These must have been for my aunt Peggy - very much the "baby" of the family, born in 1921. But it was three months later before the bill was paid!
Both businesses are listed under of Trades and Professions in an 1934 Directory of Poulton, Lancashire - W. Bennet under Butchers and Arthur Clegg, under Boots & Shoe Dealers and Cloggers.
And finally a business card I had never seen before, marking my mother's working life before her marriage. She was apprenticed as a tailoress at the age of 14, and later ran a business from her home.
A thought! What are you collecting in ephemera which might interest future generations of family historians?
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