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Thursday, 30 January 2014

My Family's History revisited.

Me with my Grandparents (Longman)
 It has been seven years since I last undertook any meaningful research into my family's history.

I stopped because we moved to Spain and the postal service there was not to be trusted to deliver mail, even though it had been correctly addressed. I was concerned that any copies of birth, marriage and death certificates that I needed to order from the General Register Office, in the United Kingdom, would disappear; either into someone's pocket for illegal purposes of identity fraud; or delivered to the wrong post box; or into another time dimension and universe.

Now as a resident back in the UK; I believe I can rely on the Royal Mail; I have the opportunity to visit archives when needed; the hunt has been brought out of hibernation.

The subscription to a well-known research website has been renewed; a family-tree software program has been purchased and installed on my laptop computer; a revision of my previous research has been carried out; a small batch of certificates of b.m.d. have been ordered from the GRO and should arrive in the next few days.

I hope when the copies of the certificates arrive the information shown confirms my research: and suspicions that I have found a couple of those 'family-skeletons' that my predecessors didn't talk about.

 I try to restrict the amount of time I spend on research but it is so easy to loose track of time when following up a lead to a possible new branch of the family-tree.

 I hope to be able to keep you up-to-date with my progress. Perhaps your ancestors might be linked to mine. Do these surnames mean anything to you; Sampford, Longman, Robins, Daley, Ruffell and Arkley: did you have relatives living in Walthamstow, West Ham, Whitechapel, Hackney, Bishops Stortford, Takeley or Epping from 1800 onwards?

© Elliot Sampford 2014

1 comment:

  1. I tried tracing my paternal family, though somewhat half-heartedly. I got to a point when a great great grandfather seemed either to have disappeared into thin air or was a fictitious character, name-wise. Family members had fun conjuring up likely stories. Good luck with your research.


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