It was a Saturday afternoon in June 2015 when my friend Yannick emailed to ask if I’d like to come on a visit he was organising to the Garden Museum in Lambeth. I couldn’t go, but, sitting at my computer and at a loose end, it prompted me to do one of my occasional internet searches for my great-grandfather, who had been a gardener at several big houses in Ireland.
And there he was.
That afternoon I discovered that not only were the Irish Censuses of 1901 and 1911 online, but they were free to access.
I fell down the rabbit hole.
(Q) Why start a genealogy blog?
- Because I’ve been researching my family tree for just over a year, and I’ve become addicted to genealogy.
- Because there is only so much I can tweet about it (at @alliethinks if you’re interested). A great discovery or ‘a-ha!!’ moment cannot be confined to 140 characters.
- Because, for some reason, not everyone in my everyday life is as enthusiastic about censuses, and parish registers, and wills, and valuation books, and applotment books as I am.
(Q) Is this also a travel blog?
No. Or at least, not really. Most of my research is carried out via the internet, but every day I’m in a different place or time, nosying into my ancestors’ lives. Hopefully one day there’ll be proper travel too.