#42 Proud…52 Ancestors

This post is for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.
My Family History Hunt may not be full of royalty and money, big grand houses and names that go on for miles. However, I am still proud of each and every one of my ancestors, their little stories and trials and tribulations. If things had been different and the branches of the tree had gone another way I may not be here telling these stories today.

L

#15 How Do You Spell That?!…52 Ancestors

This post is for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

A surname I have struggled with in my hunt is Deaball.

It first popped up when I was researching Betsy Deaball who married into my Haskard Family. Betsy was born in 1858 in Nottingham, Notts and I found her in the 1861 census. She was living with her father Thomas Deaball and brother William Deaball. I will be doing another post about my hunt for these three but I have really had to be open to anything when searching for this surname. Some of the variants that have come up are:

    • Deaboll
    • Deable
    • Deble
    • Daybell
    • Deabell
    • Dable
    • Dabeth
    • Deball
    • Debell

and the list goes on and on. As soon as I click on to see the record I can usually see its Deaball but can see how the transcriber got to how he/she interpreted it. Those “include variants” check boxes are very. very handy!!

L

#14 Favourite Photo of Lois Haskard….52 Ancestors

As soon as I saw this title I knew who I was going to pick for this post and which photo.

Aunt Lois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my Great Grandmother “Mamma” Lois Green nee Haskard.

Lois and her husband Ernest Green were the first people in my Family History Hunt and this photo is one of the first I added to my little collection.

I have so many fond memories of “Mamma and Grandad”. Their little house in Kirkby in Ashfield, how Grandad was always sat in his armchair, their little apple tree and rows of runner bean plants in their back garden and how every week my mum would take Mamma shopping and in the school holidays me and my sister would go with them and on one occasion we somehow managed to tip mamma’s trolley, contents and all, over in the aisles of Asda. Oops.

I was 10 when my Grandad passed away in December 1996. Mamma passed away nearly two weeks later on the 1st of January 1997. My mum always says Mamma died of a broken heart from missing Grandad and i agree with her, they were a lovely couple and I’m glad I got to meet them.

L

PS. How glam does Mamma look in that photo!!!

A Fresh Start….52 Ancestors

Hello,

So it has been a very long year with not much time for family history hunts and blogging. Now life has settled down a bit, I have made a promise to myself to develop my genealogical skills a bit more and hopefully turn this lovely little hobby into something a bit more.

My research is currently a lot of certificates and records, names and dates and I would like to start putting all of this into a bit more of a family story. Making these people who I am learning more and more about every day into an actual person instead of facts and figures.

I am going to use some of the prompts from the blog of Amy Johnson Crow, No Story Too Small and her challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Yes, I know its October and its week  but instead of aiming for one a week, I am just going to use the prompts that I have missed as and when I need them and start with week .

Week 1 was a “Fresh Start” so I have cheated a bit and used that for this post but I promise to tell some of my Ancestors stories.

Keep your eyes peeled!

L