I have always been intrigued by my family’s history, for as long as I can remember.
As a child I would love nothing more than to sit with my Nanny and travel down her memory lane, looking at all of her old photographs, asking questions about each one.
I also loved to look at her old trinkets and hear stories about who they belonged to. I would sit for hours reading her old books and I am lucky enough to have the books in my home now.
My Nanny would tell me about when she was sent to live in the country during the war, safe from the capital near to where she was born and raised. My Nanny was a fascinating lady and was as full of love for me as I was her.
I was lucky enough to have known most of my great grandparents too. Although there are so many questions I would ask them now I am older!
I decided to begin my family tree. A mixture of curiosity and sense of loyalty to my grandparents, knowing they would love for me to do this.
I had help and hints from my grandparents and great Auntie. Although I couldn’t have imagined how hard and complex it really is.
I decided to use a well known ancestry app on my phone and go from there. So many names and suggestions come up, athough if you want to see in depth records and evidence, you need to pay the monthly fee which isn’t cheap.
If your family is anything like mine, many relatives were not known by their first name to younger generations, which makes it all the more difficult.
It may take me some time, but once I have made more progress I can feel proud of the time I have spent and put into finding out about our family’s history.
It is lovely to feel connected to generations before me.
My mum has let me borrow some of my Nanny’s old papers and letters and I can get lost for hours in her history. Who knows what I will find… or rather who I will find!