Saturday, 2 November 2013

Family Tree News 02 November 2013

Gosh, it’s been a while since I updated the website. Things have been really busy here, genealogy is as popular as ever and I have been working flat out researching numerous family trees for people. I’m pleased to add a new web page to my site though – written by Paul Jack and decorated with a few of my pictures the new page is an article about Coventry’s Charterhouse.

It is a really interesting building and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city. Click the link to read more about the Coventry Charterhouse building and its interesting history.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Family Tree News 30 July 2013

Thanks to Shena K for sending me updated information about her Great Uncle James Barker who died in the Coventry Blitz. I have updated the Blitz website details for James, and also researched extra details about his wife Edith.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Family Tree News 11 July 2013

Added info about members of the Ring family (Daisy Millicent and John T) to the Coventry Blitz Resource Centre

Could Paul E who emailed me at 20:50 on 7th July please get in touch again? I have been trying to respond to your query, but the hotmail address you left me does not seem to work. Thanks - Jane

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Family Tree News 16 June 2013

Just researched details on two more members of the Hughes family and one from the Humphrey family. Have updated my website with the relevant info. Must say, the WW2 Blitz Resource site is coming together now.

For local history buffs there is an interesting newspaper article about construction of the Coventry Council House, which began over 100 years ago.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Family Tree News 29 May 2013

With thanks to Helen D for getting in touch with details about her great, great grandfather's occupation as a Whitesmith working as a Whitesmith in a cotton mill, the definition of Whitesmith in the Dictionary of Old Occupations has been expanded.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Family Tree News 19 May 2013

Had to mention this... I love this newspaper story about the Blitz. Jock Forbes was the mason who made the famous Charred Cross at Coventry Cathedral after the bombing.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Family History Conference in Coventry TODAY

Today - at Coventry Chapel, Whitley from 10-5... Family History Conference in Coventry with Dr Nick Barratt from Who Do You Think You Are, Coventry Family History Society and others. Free admission. Be there if you can!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Family Tree News 24 March 2013

Researched two victims of the Coventry Blitz – Ann and David Hughes. Read about them at the Coventry Blitz Resource Centre.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Family Tree News 09 March 2013

It was lovely to receive this week a copy of the marvellous printed book of the Lloyd Family History. Weighing in at an astounding 473 A4 pages of comprehensive research results, wonderful illustrations and family photographs, it really is a true family treasure and heirloom. It was an absolute joy to work on this project and it is fantastic to see the full thing in print after all these years.

Many thanks for sending me a copy, the book is wonderful. (And very rewarding to see my name in the acnowledgements and my family tree diagrams and research results included in this magnificent opus.)

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Family Tree News 17 February 2013

I came across the interesting old census occupation of Sad Iron Grinder when Sheila E got in touch regarding a relative who died in 1881. Sad irons are the ancestors of the domestic electric iron we all love / loathe to use in this day and age. Thanks for getting in touch Sheila - I have added both Sad Iron Grinder and Solid Iron Grinder to the Dictionary of Old Occupations.

In the news this week was hero Lionel Clarke who has just been awarded a well deserved medal for his brave efforts during the war. Lionel was an auxiliary fireman serving during world war two, and was amongst those who fought to save Coventry Cathedral when it was bombed during the Blitz. It’s great to read stories such as this, about Coventry firefighters who braved such appalling conditions night after night to save lives and property.You can read the full story at the Coventry Telegraph website.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Family Tree News 03 February 2013

Added Owen Martin as a possible unidentified victim of the Coventry blitz buried in the mass grave at London Road. Thanks to information supplied by family member Anne, we know that Owen was working for a tyre factory in Coventry at the time of the blitz when he disappeared.

My thanks to Anne for getting in touch; I have added Owen to the website as requested.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Family Tree News 20 January 2013

Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to Terry F and to Lucy for your kind feedback this week. It is really rewarding to receive such praise from you. I have updated my family tree testimonials page with your kind comments.
- Jane

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Family Tree News 12 January 2013

Angela – thank you so much for your lovely letter. It was really kind of you to take the time out to write to me to let me know how happy you are with your family tree results. It has been a while since I last updated my family tree testimonials page so I thought I would type up your letter and add it to the page. Thank you so much for writing, and best of luck with finding descendants in Wiltshire!


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Family Tree News 01 January 2013

2013 is upon us already! I'd like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Back in November Mr J Ashfield contacted me regarding a family member who was tragically killed in the Coventry Blitz during WW2. Mr Ashfield kindly donated several photos for the website, along with details of the incident.

I am very grateful to Mr Ashfield for sending me all this info, and I have now included them in the Coventry Blitz Resource Centre. Follow the link to read more about Harry Clarke.