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April 12, 2019

I uncovered fascinating story of the East family several years ago. Francis Charles East born in London in 1870 joined the army in 1888. During the Boer war he was serving in South Africa where he met Anna Sophia Clayton. They married in Bloemfontein in 1902 and the fo...

March 8, 2018

Many of us have wedding photos in our albums of unidentified relatives. It is possible to find out the era in which the wedding took place by the outfits of the bride and groom and their guests. You may then be able to match it with a relative who married at that time.


November 1, 2017

Exploring old military photos in our albums. Many of us have old photos of men in uniform sometimes the name is known but often it is just a mystery relative.

September 25, 2017

My great grandmother Margaret Williams was born in Brymbo, North Wales in 1862. She was the daughter of a miner and had 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

She moved to Manchester when she was 19 or 20 to become a servant. It was here that she met William Nuttall, a stonemason a...

July 29, 2017

My great grandfather died a horrible death in 1886 at his work, by falling into a vat of caustic.

July 11, 2017

I never met Thomas Ryan my paternal grandfather. Born in St. Helen's in 1879 and dying in Manchester in 1945 he was just a name. When I started researching my family tree I uncovered a touching story of poverty and a life disrupted by the First World War.  After losing...

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