Hooray! Research pays off.

My mother always insisted she was an eighth Welsh but in the 15 years I have been researching my family tree, I have not been able to find any Welsh ancestors. UNTIL NOW!! I was so excited and thrilled to find my great great great grandmother, Margaret Pitt, whom I already had in my tree, but with no details of her birth, came from Abergavenny. This makes Mother only a sixteenth Welsh, but she wasn’t far off.

But there’s more… My middle name is Margaret, so I wonder if Mother knew all along and named me after her.

And… Margaret was buried on 9th May – my birthday (although 131 years earlier, in 1816).

I spend hours researching and have 1362 people in my tree, and have traced ancestors back to John Raven in Cumberland born 1520.



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
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