Reclaim Jane (February 2022)

What happens if you cast aside the carefully referenced report and try and fill the gaps left by the records? Reclaim Jane is an attempt to find the woman behind the snippets of archival evidence.

#52Ancestors Week 14: Are these the Miss Walnes you’re looking for?

Diving back in at week 14 (I’ve recently completed a Pharos Local History Course during my research time), I’ve just added a new post to my One-Name Study page. It investigates the conundrum of which Miss Walne of Whitlingham was a subscriber to Norwich Public Library back in 1825. Why am I interested? Because in […]

Are these the Miss Walnes you’re looking for?

Check it out! #52Ancestors Week 14 “In a long list of 1825 [Norwich] Public Library members, I was delighted to find my distant aunt, ‘Miss Walne of Whitlingham’, whose name is printed beside many other Georgian citizens. She was something of a minority as a female (women appear to make up less than ten per […]

#52Ancestors Posts V, VI, VII and VIII: Four weeks of updates in one

Not quite in chronological order (!) a rundown of my last four weeks of #52Ancestors: Week VI: Mapping in March Unusually, I include much of the post from my One-Place Studies post below because it may be of interest to blog followers here, too: “The theme for week six of #52Ancestors is ‘maps’. I have […]

Branch-ing out in Laxfield

#52Ancestors Post V: Branching Out Week Five of #52Ancestors brings us the theme ‘branching out’. The subsequent post has landed here because my One-Name Study includes a marriage between a John ’Walne’ and an Elizabeth Branch in Laxfield, Suffolk, in 1821.  In this post, I look at the Walne-Branch marriage and ask whether one party […]

#52Ancestors Post IV: Curious weather in Cransford

This week’s theme was ‘curious’. I took it literally, and knowing it was time for my #OnePlaceStudy to take a turn, discovered the ‘curious facts’ of an extreme weather event in June 1900 and its tragic consequences. Read the post on my Badingham and Cransford website.

#52Ancestors Post II: Of Otter Dogs and Sudden Death?

For week two of #52Ancestors, we’re urged to record a favourite find. Well, here’s one of mine. It comes with an explanation of what I think might have happened, some canine facts, and a couple of tips for archive visits.