Rayge wrote:I'm surprised Polishgirl hasn't leapt on this thread - she's very keen on this sort of thing
Late to the party, as per
It’s true; I have a genealogy obsession. It started when I was 12, and we had to put together a family tree for school. We didn’t know much - both my maternal grandparents were dead, and the paternals didn’t know much beyond their own grandparents- and that was sketchy. The biggest temptation was the story that we’re descended from the Pendle Witches on my mum’s side.
I started in earnest when I moved to London, and had regular trips to the Family History Centre in Islington- before everything went online. I’ve been adding to it since - most recently with the 1921 census - yum!! A couple of lines are back to 1600. My main struggle has been with my Lancashire Catholic line, as they tend not to appear in a lot of church records pre 1790 or so. I’ve done other people’s trees as well.
Like most of us, I’m from humble working class stock; my dad’s line mostly grindingly poor from Stoke, working in the potteries, and mum’s lines of mill workers and servants from Lancashire and agricultural labourers from Shropshire. You pick up masses of social history along the way. I like the fact that it gets me thinking about all those people before me and their ordinary lives - it’s almost like an act of remembrance ( I know that sounds OTT).
It’s like your own personal treasure hunt.