The Trans Pennine Trail was once a railway, and is now a 207 mile path in the North of England that runs from Southport on the west coast, across the peaks, and all the way to Hornsea in the East. We have explored only about 20 miles of the trail so far, but today I only want to talk about our little section of the Upper Don Trail in Thurgoland.
Ever since I found out that I had family that lived in Thurgoland over 100 years ago, I have been trying to find out as much as I can. Some of this information I have come across quite naturally and accidentally, like finding 3rd great grandfather Giles Button’s house when I was out walking with Sam. Or finding information about the wire mills while lunching in the pub.
When I was at Rootstech London a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to buy Ben a DNA test. I received my DNA results earlier this year, and it has helped verify several ancestors in my tree. We have posted Ben’s test off now, so we have to wait a few weeks for Continue Reading
I love all the new family history opportunities I have now we live in South Yorkshire! I find it so much easier to do my research when I am familiar with the area. Sometimes researching new places can be tricky, especially in England, to even pronounce some of the village names. When we first discovered Continue Reading
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).
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.