Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Below is a list of 50 possible questions you could ask them. Some of them might not be relevant but they may give you an idea of other Questions you might like to ask. Bear in mind there may be some subjects that your relative may be uncomfortable talking about so you'll need some degree of tact. But if they don't want to talk about a specific thing then it'll be best to respect that. As it will save a lot of arguments.
- What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?
- When and where were you born?
- How did your family come to live there?
- Were there other family members in the area? Who?
- What was the house (apartment, farm, etc.) like? How many rooms? Bathrooms? Did it have electricity? Indoor plumbing? Telephones?
- Were there any special items in the house that you remember?
- What is your earliest childhood memory?
- Describe the personalities of your family members.
- What kind of games did you play growing up?
- What was your favorite toy and why?
- What was your favorite thing to do for fun (movies, beach, etc.)?
- Did you have family chores? What were they? Which was your least favorite?
- Did you receive an allowance? How much? Did you save your money or spend it?
- What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?
- What school activities and sports did you participate in?
- Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?
- Who were your childhood heroes?
- What were your favorite songs and music?
- Did you have any pets? If so, what kind and what were their names?
- What was your religion growing up? What church, if any, did you attend?
- Were you ever mentioned in a newspaper?
- Who were your friends when you were growing up?
- What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally affect your family?
- Describe a typical family dinner. Did you all eat together as a family? Who did the cooking? What were your favorite foods?
- How were holidays (birthdays, Christmas, etc.) celebrated in your family? Did your family have special traditions?
- How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child?
- Who was the oldest relative you remember as a child? What do you remember about them?
- What do you know about your family surname?
- Is there a naming tradition in your family, such as always giving the firstborn son the name of his paternal grandfather?
- What stories have come down to you about your parents? Grandparents? More distant ancestors?
- Are there any stories about famous or infamous relatives in your family?
- Have any recipes been passed down to you from family members?
- Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family?
- Are there any special heirlooms, photos, bibles or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
- What was the full name of your spouse? Siblings? Parents?
- When and how did you meet your spouse? What did you do on dates?
- What was it like when you proposed (or were proposed to)? Where and when did it happen? How did you feel?
- Where and when did you get married?
- What memory stands out the most from your wedding day?
- How would you describe your spouse? What do (did) you admire most about them?
- What do you believe is the key to a successful marriage?
- How did you find out your were going to be a parent for the first time?
- Why did you choose your children's names?
- What was your proudest moment as a parent?
- What did your family enjoy doing together?
- What was your profession and how did you choose it?
- If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasn't it your first choice?
- Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?
- What accomplishments were you the most proud of?
- What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The above link provides information on World War One and a video on tracing your WW1 Ancestors. Although it's not been updated for a while.
For a more indepth search of your British Army, WW1 Ancestors and WW1 as a whole then a great place to visit is The Long, Long Trail. It provides details on WW1, individual Regiments and Battalions and has a specific section for researching solidiers.
My Great Grandfather, John Arthur March, my Great Great Uncle, Walter Joseph March, and my Great Great Grandfather, John March, all served during WW1. Thankfully they all came back safe.
My Great Grandfather served with the Durham Light Infantry, Northumberland Fusiliers and the Royal Defence Corps.
My Great Great Grandfather served with the National Reserve.
My Great Great Uncle served with the 298th Reserve Labour Corps, Leicestershire Regiment
Monday, 8 November 2010
Catherine A Nash (nee Lewis) is my maternal Great Great Grandmother. She was born in 1867 in Radnorshire, Wales.
Geoffrey George Lancelot Nash is my Maternal Great Grandfather (Catherine A Nash's son) and he was born in 1904 in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, England
Muriel Kathleen Talbot Whitt (nee Nash) is my Great Great Aunt (Geoffrey's Sister). She was born in 1906 in Hartpury, Gloucestershire, England
Freeda Marie O'Neill (nee Nash) is my maternal Grandmother (Geoffrey George Lancelot Nash's daughter) and she was born on 14th November 1930 in Leicester, England.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Friday, 5 November 2010
Plus Facebook has dozens of 'Pages' and Groups dedicated to Family History with some really nice People who are willing to help if you need it and there are even Facebook Applications that are purely for Family History, including FamilyLink's 'We're Related' and FamilyBuilder's 'Family Tree'.
So, basically Facebook can be well worth checking out.
Thursday, 4 November 2010
I know all this now because I finally tracked down his Birth Certificate. I believed he was born in Ireland but there was a few family members who claimed he was born in Malta. But then as well, I discovered that his brother, my Great Uncle, was born in Plymouth. So, which was it? Was he born in Malta, Ireland or England? I couldn't for life of me find any reference in the English Birth Indexes to say he was born in England. But that didn't mean he wasn't. The same thing applied to Ireland. Malta doesn't have any Birth, Marriage or Death (BMD) Indexes online. Now, I don't order any sort of BMD unless I feel confident that I have the right information and the right person in the Indexes. But in this case there wasn't anything to make me feel confident about ordering his Birth Certificate. So, after finding nothing in the English & Irish BMD's online (or Church Records in Irelands case) and knowing that Malta doesn't have an online BMD Index, I knew I had to grin and bear it and order a Birth Certificate from Malta with the information I did know and with a few details from my Great Uncle such as his Parents names and dates of birth etc I took the plunge and order it. Despite not being totally confident it was there. BUT it turns out he was born in Malta and I'd ordered the right birth certificate. Which I found to be brilliant. Especially considering that my Great Uncle and Great Aunt won't acknowledge his existence and tell me anything about him and my Family couldn't be sure when or where he was born. I only worked out the year he was born in from his Marriage and Death Certificates and where he could have been born from scattered stories from family members.
Catherine Anne Lewis is my maternal Great Great Grandmother. Who at the time of the Welsh Census of 1881 was working as a Drapers Assistant at aged 13 years old.
1881 Welsh Census for Catherine A Lewis.
Below is the transcription of the 1881 Welsh Census for my Great Great Great Grandparents and there 2 Daughters and a lodger. My Great Great Grandmother is Catherine Anne Lewis but she wasn't but at aged 13 years old she was employed and living with Henry J Stephens as Drapers Assistant. I'll include her 1881 Welsh Census in my next post.
1881 Wales Census
Name: Alethea B. Lewis
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1835
Spouse's Name: David
Where born: Kington, Hereford, England
Civil parish: Knighton
Street Address: Church St
Registration district: Knighton
Sub-registration district: Knighton
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Household Members: Name Age: Relationship to Head of Household
David Lewis 40 Head
Alethea B. Lewis 46 Wife
Fanny S. Lewis 12 Daughter
Emily J. Lewis 10 Daughter
Charles Davies 40 Lodger
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
Now generally, if you want them to research something or someone for you there is a fee for doing so BUT this is for indepth searches. If you contact them with a small/minor search then they may be happy to do it for free.
For example, if you contact say the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland by e-mail and you want to know if your Great Grandfather is mentioned in the Leicester Mercury, now they'll be able to do so for free if you provide them with as much detail as you can, such as the date of the paper (a precise date if possible, if not then a shorter period as possible) and what part of the paper you are looking for (obituaries, Sports etc).