Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Ancestry Research

Pictures above are of my Great-grandmother Elizabeth, and my Great-grandfather Charles.

I have been working on my Ancestry over the last year and have turned up some interesting facts.
I have to say researching your ‘family tree’ is a really addictive process - it draws you in like a frisky moth to a light - what with all the records and lines of enquiry your nosing around can uncover.

My Great-grandmother was called Elizabeth; she was born in St George in the East end, London, around 1880. Interestingly, her grandfather was a Police Sergeant in the Metropolitan Police in 1860.

Elizabeth married my Great-grandfather, Charles William Franks in 1908. Charles was born a cripple; this shows up on the Census Records from 1891, so it must have been really tough for him. Though he found a trade and worked as a Bootmaker. Both of them, as were their parents, and subsequently ‘their parents’ all East Enders.

My Great-grandparents lived in Stratford from the late 1880s up until my Great-grandfather’s death in 1929 at the young age of 50.

It has been fascinating researching this. I just wonder what other things I will manage to find out as my investigations continue.

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