Current work: new Medical
Listening to: Bach
Reading: finished Milly Johnson, Here Come the Girls (very witty, very warm – great read and a definite quartet of happy endings)
According to my mum, one of her great-grandmothers was a Danish midwife. My uncle, however, heard a different story: that one of their great-grandfathers was a Danish sea captain. I also have a theory that the creative/arty gene is on my mum’s side (she also used to write, and her mother played the piano). As my mum and grandparents are no longer with us and my aunts and uncles can’t tell me much, that leaves me with a lot of unanswered questions and a pet research project (to be worked on ONLY when I have hit daily targets, so it’s my carrot), i.e. to find out a bit more about her family. They’re split between London and Hampshire, which means I can’t use the archives locally; so, at the moment, I’m using the internet.
So far, my research has turned up some interesting little things (like the fact that my great-grandfather James was a jeweller’s carman - I knew he was a hansom cab driver, but apparently it was for a posh London jeweller). And my great-great-grandmother Emily was a witness to her daughter’s wedding and signed her name on the marriage certificate with a cross; this was as late as 1905 so I was quite shocked, until I thought about it and realised that she probably wouldn’t have gone to school. (She did however run her own business – she was a laundress – and apparently, the area in which she lived was known for its laundries, which dealt with Southampton’s ocean liners.)
Genealogy is all about putting clues together, but also about making sure that they’re the right clues. So it’s supposition and a hunch, then finding the proof for it. And then sometimes you get stuck. Which I am, at the moment, so I’m waiting for a birth certificate and a marriage certificate to arrive; then I can hopefully work back through the next layer.
Is anyone else out there doing a bit of family research? Have you discovered anything interesting? (This is a question with my “nosey genealogist” hat on, btw, not “author as magpie”! Though I do have a bit of a lightbulb flickering...)