About This Blog

Screen Shot 2018-02-10 at 17.45.50On 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!

6 thoughts on “About This Blog

  1. What a brilliant project! First of all I’m impressed that you have a large tin of old family photos — I have very few and they are so precious. Secondly, I love that you are rescuing other people’s memories. Awesome! Thanks for following ZimmerBitch btw 🙂

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    • Thanks! I’m happy that I’ve got the chance to share these great photographs. Some of them have been tucked away for years and that’s such a shame.I might get around to sharing my own family photos at some point too 😉

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  2. Good morning from the States! I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I love that you are sharing old family photos with the world. You are keeping a part of your kin alive with each and every post. Well done!

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    • Thank you, both for your comment and for the award! That’s very generous of you. I’m happy you like the blog – it seems a shame to collect old photographs and not share them. Plus I enjoy doing the research (and learning something new everyday)!

      Thanks again… I’m off to read your blog now 🙂

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  3. Are you Louise or Lou or anonymous? Or do you just adore the Loobiloo song? On Playschool in Australia one of their star toys is a rag doll called Loobiloo. She looks exactly the same now as she did when I was very little in the 60s.


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