On holiday in Wales, age 6
Researching my own family history for the past 15 years or so has taken me on many journeys and adventures, largely while sat in front of my computer. I have made new friends and met distant relatives, and developed a passion for social history. I guess my chief interest is people; what makes them tick, the lives they lead and the choices they make. And I’d like to think that (in some small way) my hobby keeps their memory alive.
Which brings me to photographs. Like many people I have a large tin of old and, and in some cases, faded images of my family from generations past. Some of the people are familiar to me; parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. But others are less familiar and if it were not for the recollections of my own parents or some scribble on the reverse of the photo, then I would be lost as to who they might be. I keep all the photographs together, particularly the unidentified ones, because they… well… just belong together.
Over the past few years I’ve realised that many old and antique photographs simply don’t have a place to belong anymore. Collecting old photos has become popular and (sadly) old albums are often discarded, or sold, or broken up and subsequently drift away from the original family. I love to rescue these old images and not only keep related photographs together, but also find out a little about the people staring back at me. And I’d like to share my findings with you, here, on this blog. Perhaps some of the images will be discovered by family members; at the very least it will go some way to keeping their stories alive :-).
Please note: almost all research has been carried out online, primarily using Ancestry.co.uk and the British Newspaper Archive. If you would like further information, feel free to contact me!