Month: January 2019

Reading my AncestryDNA Results

For Christmas this year, Ben thoughtfully bought me an Ancestry DNA kit. He knows how much I love Family History, and how much time I devote to learning, researching, and now writing about Genealogy. Read my results here, and find out what I intend to do with the information.

Exploring Bedgebury Pinetum with Kids

In 2017 Ben was away for my birthday WEEK. It was summer holidays and I didn’t want to be at home on my own with the children, so to cheer myself up I took them on a little holiday to Kent and Sussex. It is my ‘hood so I know all the best places to visit, and with a newborn baby I wanted to go somewhere that was easy and familiar.

Cherry Bakewell Cake

To distract myself from the house move, I decided I would make and share one of my favourite cake recipes ever, and serendipitously it is named after the village of Bakewell in the Peak District.

This Cherry Bakewell cake has a delicious (and simple to make) almond flavoured sponge, sandwiched together with cherry jam, and topped with plain icing.

52 Stories #2 with Isabel Hopkins

At school this year (year 9) I chose to do my Duke of Edinburgh bronze award, which gives you the opportunity to try new things and help the community. There are 3 months of skills, physical, volunteering, finishing with a 2 day expedition. There is also an additional 3 months in whichever section you would like to do more of (excluding the expedition).

Kilsby Village

Shortly after we moved to Northampton from Kent in 2011, I made a big discovery on my paternal line. I found out that the Greaves family lived in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire between 1800’s and 1500’s. I was going through a phase of questioning where “home” was for me. It made me feel more settled in Northamptonshire, knowing that my family lived here hundreds of years before me.

How to Start Researching your Family History for Free

Many years ago I started researching my family history online. I was young, and newly married, so I didn’t want to pay out for what seemed like expensive subscriptions when I first started out. There are some invaluable websites out there for people who are looking to research for free.

Family Life – December 2018

December has been a brilliant month for us, one of the biggest changes is that Ben is now working from home permanently. We also enjoyed family time, Christmas, and we are looking forward to the New Year…

52 Stories #1 with Clare Hopkins

One of the things I have learnt through family history, is the effect that your past can have on your future, and the future of those around you. You have a story that only you can share. Join us this New Year in sharing your story.