Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Back Again.

Yes, I'll admit that I've been extremely quiet on here, I've just not been able to do as much Family History research as I'd like to have done over recent times, so I've neglected this blog as a result of that. 

But over the last few days, I've been trying, once again, to get back in the swing of things. I've been looking into my Aunt Julie, who sadly passed away 5 years ago, but despite this I want to try and get to know her better. So, that's why I'm putting my focus on her for now. 

I've not long ordered, what I believe to be, her marriage certificate. I'm not 100% certain it's hers that I've just ordered but I'm as confident as I can be about it. It is the closest match I can find. So, I've ordered it with my fingers crossed that it's hers. I don't like ordering certificates when I don't feel as certain as possible I have the right one but with this, there wasn't a lot choice (so to speak, there is always a choice, good or bad) so if I wanted to progress with it then I had to take the plunge and order it. It seems like too much of a coincidence if it isn't hers but I'm as confident as I can possibly be that it's hers. 

It should be here in about a week, give or take. So, I'll blog about it when it gets here.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Long Time No See

Ok, I'll readily admit that I've neglected this blog and my family history research for more than a year, and for reasons I'd rather not go into online but I've decided to get back in the game now and restart my family history research. 

The first thing I've done is order my Maternal Grandmothers birth certificate and whilst I'm waiting for this I'll be trying to figure out what needs to be done and what will be the best thing to start with, which I'll update you on when I find out.

Bye for now.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Original Newspapers

Recently I’ve received two original Newspapers, one being The Times and the other being the Daily Mail (both in the UK).  Both were kindly sent to me by Thomas Walker of Historic Newspapers (link to the site) and the dates of both Newspaper are for dates of birth for two of my family members, one being my Mum’s and the other being my Granddad’s. The Newspapers are fab and they came in really good condition and in a gift box with a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ and these will go nicely with my collection of other Newspapers that I’ve bought with my families Date of Birth in mind. I guess I’m a bit of a nerd on that. There is just something about seeing what was happening in the world on the day/s the people in my family were born and I can show these to the younger members of my family as they get older, as long as they’re interested.  

As with most people probably what struck me, out of interest, was the headline on front page of the Daily Mail with a photo of Winston Churchill underneath: 

“I’m not mobile enough to carry on as MP”

These are the type of things I’m curious about seeing when I order/buy Newspapers. It’s finding out the big stories as well as the small stories that surrounded my family members birth. It can help ‘bring them to life’ a bit more with Family that aren’t with us anymore and be fascinating to see for those that are still with us.

Historic Newspapers aim to have the Newspapers given as gifts but there is more to Newspapers than reading the stories featured it can help to see if any Ancestors have been mentioned as well, whether it be in the Announcements section for a birth or if they have been awarded a Medal during WW1 for example. Although, they could also be featured in the Stories as well. You never know.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Ancestors Life Stories

Over the last couple of weeks or so I've been thinking about typing up some of my Ancestors life stories. Not, necessarily my Family History in general but the individual people that make up my Family History. At the moment I've no interest in publishing them in magazines or as books but to type them up for my family and future generations of my Family. What I may do is perhaps have one book (per person maybe) printed to pass around my Family but at the minute that is just a thought and not concrete but I thought this would be something really nice for my Family. I've a  fair amount of research to cover to do it but it could be something worth seriously considering.

Saturday, 16 June 2012


I've recently begun sharing my own personal history on This site gives me the option to upload files to the site, such as PDF files, I'll be using it in conjunction with this Website but this Website (The O'Neill-March Family History blog) will be my main site. Here is a link to my profile on MartinLOM

So far I've only uploaded 2 memories and 2 family trees but bear with me and more will be added soon.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Granddad O'Neill's Book

Well, I am in the process of typing up my Granddad's book. It's called Mervyn Rain. I'm hoping that once I've typed it all up, I'll be able to have it self-published, which I'm quite looking forward to doing. My plan is to publish it as an e-book mainly but have certain amount published in Paperback to give to members of my family.

But I think doing this will take me longer to type up and publish than I originally thought. It turns out there is a second copy of the same book, his first draft, but with about 30-40 extra pages that he took out of his final copy. This isn't a problem in any way really, but I think the parts he took out would do well to be kept in the story. So, it means going through the books making sure it flows well and then editing the book for any spelling mistakes & grammatical errors that I come across.

Effectively I want both copies of the book on my computer in one form or another, whether that be by typing it up or finding a way of scanning it into my computer (the paper doesn't fit in to my Scanner easily) as I want to have digital copies of the books. But with the aim of editing it in a way that I'll be able to publish it.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

4th Anniversary

Julie O’Neill is my Aunt and today marks the 4th Anniversary of her passing, so I couldn’t let the day go by without mentioning it. So this is Post is for and dedicated to her.

She was born in Leicester in 1957 and one of the most wonderful people you’ll ever meet. I have tonnes of memories of her but the ones that stick out the most is the one during Summer of 1996, I was 13 years old. She was staying over at my Mum & Dad’s house for about a week  it was really hot at this point and during the week she stayed over she showed me how to make Bread. We made it together but she told me that it me that I’d made it, which I guess is true in its own way as she was telling me how to make it and I was mixing everything together and baking it, put it mildly. But I’ve always saw it as both of us making it. 

Another memory that sticks out just as much was in early Summer in 1997 and we both went to Kwik Save (an old Supermarket in England that I don’t think is running anymore for those who don’t know)near to where I lived at the time and whilst we were there doing some shopping we picked up ingredients to make Ginger Biscuits, the recipe which we stumbled across by accident in, what I believe, was a magazine. Making them was my idea and she helped me make them, I thought it was great. 

Every year, in the evening, (including her birthday as well as today) I light a candle and place it outside next to my front door as a mark of remembrance and this year will be no different. 
Aunt Julie, you're still missed very much.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

O'Neill Family Historian - Ancestry

I have to admit that I am chuffed right now. I have just been contacted on today by a Family Historian on the O'Neill side of my family referring to my Granddad O'Neill as she saw at least the part of my family history referring to him and she is willing to share information & photos on my O'Neill Family History. This seems quite the coincidence as it was only the other day that I posted in here saying that it was my Granddad O'Neill that I've had the most difficulty in researching. 

I will update again if/when I hear anything.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Granddad O'Neill

I have to admit, the one person thay I'm struggling to find anything about in my research is my Granddad O'Neill. Granted, I've found his Birth, Marriage & Death Certficates, but that's pretty much it. I'll also admit that I'm not 100% sure which avenue to go down next. I've tried everything I can think of. I know that there are areas in which I can perhaps search but it's narrowing it down to find out anything new about it. I am hoping that if I try agsin at getting what I know and what I want to know in front of me it'll help me find a place in which to go next. *Heres hoping*

Friday, 4 May 2012

Family Photograph’s

Believe it or not, there can be whole variety of vital clues in an old photo family as to who your Ancestors  were, when the photo was taken and what a person’s occupation was, amongst others. So, writing on the back of the Photo doesn’t necessarily need to be there for you read to find out important information on your Ancestor/s. What you discover will differ with each Photo,  for example if a person was in the Military you may find out if they were in the Army, Navy or Air Force and what Regiment they served with, all of which are dependent on what they are wearing at the time of the Photo. Or if it of a photo of Ancestor next to their new Car then you could find out when it was taken by the model of the Car and what your Ancestor was wearing.
So, there are a number of ways to find out any clues about your Ancestor. Some of which I’ve mentioned already.
-          Fashion
Fashion can change quite quickly and looking into different trends of fashion over the years can help you narrow down when a Photo might have been taken, although some trends will be fairly obvious, like with the 70’s and Flares for example.

-          Military
If you find a Photo of an Ancestor that was in the Military you may be able to find out a few clues. The Uniform he/she is wearing will tell you whether they were in the Army, Navy or Air Force (bear in mind that the Air Force wasn’t created until 1918). If your Ancestor was wearing their Cap or were holding in the Photo then look for their Cap Badge, every regiment, ship & Air Force Division, had their own Badge on their Caps meaning you’ll be able to find out which Regiment, Ship & Air Force Division they served with. Their Uniform, including their Caps, will also show you if they were an Office or not. The Uniforms have also changed over time and will tell you which period the photo was taken in.

-          Type of Photographs
Over the years Photographs have been printed on a variety of different things, each type of print will help you date the photo. What they’ve been printed on includes, but isn’t limited to: Metal (e.g. Tin-type or Ferrotype), paper and cardboard  (Carte-de-visite, Cabinet Card, A Photo Postcard) & Glass (An Ambrotype in a case or a Glass-plate Negative).

-          Background
The background can help you as well. It may help you find out where a Photo was taken, was it Pub, Castle, Back Garden or at work? For example and may also tell you what their interests were, all of which depend the type of photo taken. If your Ancestor ran a Pub and there is a photo of them stood at the front of a Pub then it could help narrow it down for you if you’re been unsure where the Pub is and/or what it was called. Granted, there are lot of Pubs with the same name (like the Nag’s Head for example) but if you can at least estimate where they were living then it’ll help narrow it down. You may find that your Ancestor was a big reader if you find a Photo of him/her near a bookshelf with tonnes of books in it. You won’t necessarily find these types of photo’s but the point is to look to see what and who (if anyone) else is in the Photo, you could very well find out something about your Ancestors personality.

There are also various places on the Internet for you to search to see if anyone may have upload Photos of your Ancestors (whether that’s because they just so happened to be in a group photo at a workplace or because you may be related in some way). But bear in mind that there isn’t any central governing places online to find photos. There are plenty of places to find them but at least most are User dependent in what Photos they have, meaning that’s it’s up to the individual user of each site to upload Photos, not the website itself.

I hope all this helps. It’ll hopefully be enough to at least get you started with your Family Photos. 

Useful Links:
Family Old Photo’s
Your Family Legacy – Researching Old Photographs

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