Historical Re-enactments

Having studied History and now doing further studies in Genealogy, I am obviously fascinated by reading or watching anything historical. Having listened to Hilary Mantel’s three books in the Wolf Hall series, I gained a new fascination for Thomas Cromwell and with that the Tudor period. It was while scanning through YouTube looking for TudorContinue reading “Historical Re-enactments”

Possible drawbacks when using the 1841 and 1851 census returns

Although from 1801-1831 census data was collected every ten years from residents in the United Kingdom, it was of the statistical kind and it was not until 1841 that a more modern census was introduced where some personal information was asked for. According to the Enumeration Abstract, England and Wales was divided into Enumeration Districts,Continue reading “Possible drawbacks when using the 1841 and 1851 census returns”

Multitasking does not work for everyone

In this high tech age we are used to multitasking especially since smart phones came into our lives. I have had a smart phone since 2012 and I wonder how I coped without it and my Tablet before and yet it has also meant I am a little more prone to multitasking especially when watchingContinue reading “Multitasking does not work for everyone”

Fascinating Families

The beauty of genealogical research is not just adding names to a tree but considering the social history of the people being added and formulating a picture of what life might have been like for them. Before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 whereby “Everyone is entitled to all the rightsContinue reading “Fascinating Families”

Self-care – Walking, Reflexology, Coaching and EFT

Self-care is something that I have always invested in and yet at times it is something that can become a distant memory when faced with all that life throws at us. What is enlightening though is that through the pandemic I have seen more resources, whether it be for online courses, wellbeing articles or workshopsContinue reading “Self-care – Walking, Reflexology, Coaching and EFT”

Life Happens

Sometimes in life we are ticking along nicely then out of the blue something new is thrown into the mix and even though we thought we already had quite a full life, we have to make adjustments to make room for the new. I had left my corporate life behind at the start of 2020Continue reading “Life Happens”

Why it’s never too late to…live in alignment with your values

Have you ever wondered what living a life in alignment with your values actually means? To break it down, values are the guiding principles that influence how you live and how you behave. Values are inherent in everybody, though not everybody shares the same values. For some periods of my life, I was the perfectContinue reading “Why it’s never too late to…live in alignment with your values”

What difficulties may be encountered when using online indexes and how might they be overcome?

It is not until an ancestor cannot be found in the online indexes of the census records that it starts to raise questions as to why this might be the case. According to Dave Annal in a podcast recorded for the National Archives in 2008, “if your ancestors were living in England and Wales atContinue reading “What difficulties may be encountered when using online indexes and how might they be overcome?”

A passion for the sea

With the passing of HRH Prince Philip, a witty character who loved his naval career, it seemed fitting to write about three generations of Haigh ancestors who also shared a passion for the sea. My 2nd great grandfather, Samuel Haigh was born c.1848 in Wakefield, Yorkshire and although records reflect he had various jobs suchContinue reading “A passion for the sea”

Artistic, romanticised view of women in fishing

‘Do not romanticise poverty…There is no joy in dirt and squalor. Nor in having to slave from dawn to dusk merely to survive. Take a close look at the fishwives who are your age. They are bowed in body, their eyes hard from fighting to survive and they look so old.’[1] This brief excerpt fromContinue reading “Artistic, romanticised view of women in fishing”