Welcome to my blog!
My interest in family history began when, as a child, I listened to stories told by my maternal grandmother about the Ferres and Tonkin families.
I started exploring all lines of my family seriously in the early 80s by using the IGI and purchasing many birth, marriage and death certificates. Researching family records in London and at the Kent, Somerset and Cornwall Record Offices was a highlight of a trip to England at that time.
Apart from a time working with other family members in 1988 to organise a family reunion and to write a book (Bath and Beyond) about the Ferres family, my family history research then came to a halt for nearly 30 years whilst the next generation grew up and I worked as a Physics, Maths and Science teacher.
My gift on retiring from teaching in 2011 was a copy of Family Tree Maker for Mac. Thus began my latest foray into the world of family history research: a very different world of computers, digitisation of images and other records, on-line databases, Blogs, Facebook, Google+, webinars, genealogy cruises, and lots more! Nothing beats the thrill of handling the actual records written about one’s family hundreds of years ago, but the newer way of researching online from home is certainly both cheaper and faster!
My aim is to use this blog as a forum for sharing what I have discovered and what others have generously shared with me whilst ‘exploring family’ over the years, including:
- recording information discovered about my ancestors’ lives in story form
- the joys, progress and challenges of research – fitting the ‘pieces of the puzzle’ together
- locations, occupations and interests of my ancestors
- questions yet to be answered
- the painstaking progress of documenting brick walls and the insights gained through questioning and verifying data from many sources
- some of the interesting side-paths I have followed along the way
I am hopeful that some of this research will be of interest to others and will help me connect with a long-lost cousin or two. If you think we have some common ancestors, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me.
The text of all posts on this blog are copyrighted to me. Whilst I am happy for people to mention something in them, I would appreciate that you also include a link back to this website: http://www.exploringfamily.com
I am happy to share further information and better copies of photos with other descendants of my ancestors and would welcome receiving the same from you.