My family tree

Researching my family tree occupies much of my time, but I love it. Finding a new family member is so exciting. All my father’s family came from Cumberland – now known as Cumbria – and, usually, whenever we go on holiday to the Lake District – my favourite place, by the way – we go to the Archives Department in the Records Office and troll through pages and pages of vicars’ handwriting – sometimes, almost illegible – and try to make sense of all the names we find. Having an unusual surname helps, but there are still times when I come across two people with the same Christian name and surname, born in the same year,  and I have to decide which one can be my ancestor. Also finding fourth and fifth cousins on the Internet helps, especially when one of them used to work in a records office and has researched back to a John Raven in 1520.


family 001


My husband and I will be going to London soon and will look up some of my mother’s family. She was a cockney and thought she only had one cousin, but I have found six or seven. I wish I had started this genealogy lark before she died. She would have been so excited and interested.freda and ronald with alice1


About angelarigley

Married, with 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Besides writing my books and also the occasional poem or short story, I enjoy reading; singing in my church choir; researching my family tree. especially in the Lake District; flower arranging; bird watching, especially in the Lake District: my favourite place (sorry, I might have already mentioned that); playing Scrabble; Sudokos
This entry was posted in genealogy and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to My family tree

  1. timthepoet says:

    Back to 1520 , that’s impressive.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s