Our female ancestors of all classes probably left their mark more readily with a needle than with a pen. As paintings tell us, many middle and upper-class women in the 19th and early 20th centuries sewed for decorative purposes and amusement; some lower down the social scale, made and darned clothes for their own families. But a huge number of those who plied needles in the past did so to earn a living – and a hard one at that.
In recent times the one time longdistance lorry driver, Hugh Lowther, has had a very public spat with his family. As he is the 8th Earl of Lonsdale, various newspapers ran the story in May 2014. The Daily Telegraph reported that “even in death, the feud will continue, given Lord Lonsdale’s refusal to be buried in the Lowther family mausoleum”. The Earl is quoted as saying in the national newspaper that “I’m going in my garden. Why should I mix with the Lowthers when they’ve been such *******s all my life?”.
Abad haircut or a shave that draws blood can leave us embarrassed, short changed and the butt of everyone’s jokes. Finding the right person for the job and deciding on the right cut has always proved an agonising experience. The playwright Robert Greene, a contemporary of Shakespeare, describes an Elizabethan barber-shop experience in this scene from his 1592 work A Quip for an Upstart Courtier that we can all no doubt relate to:
More than 13,000 family historians flocked to this year’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live event at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre last month. Once again they enjoyed a packed and lively mix of workshops from the Society of Genealogists, advice from experts of all kinds, and a huge exhibition with hundreds of stalls.
As we saw in the March and April issues, Georgian knee breeches were superseded by fashionable trousers from the early 19th century, but during the Victorian era shortened leg-coverings reemerged as knickerbockers for young boys, and for men (even women), when engaged in sporting pursuits.
For anyone lucky enough to have found an ancestor with royal connections, or simply those with an interest in the history of the English and British monarchy, the digitised books available in the Peerage, Gentry and Royalty section of The Genealogist’s website will prove a very useful tool in furthering enquiries.
The county of Suffolk (meaning ‘southern folk’) was formed from the south part of the kingdom of East Anglia which had been settled by the Angles in the latter half of the 5th century. In the east of the county is Sutton Hoo, the site of one of England’s most significant Anglo-Saxon archaeological finds: a ship burial containing a collection of treasures including a sword of state, gold and silver bowls and jewellery.
The second edition of Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors is an expert introduction for the family historian to the wealth of material available to researchers in archives throughout Northern Ireland. Many records, like the early 20th century census returns and school registers, will be familiar to researchers, but others are often overlooked by all but the most experienced of genealogists.
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