My transcription from a contemporary copy, originally in the possession of my distant cousin Mary Beachcroft, and now perhaps in the Beachcroft collection at the Clothworker’s Company. It is an account of an escape from France in 1809 by a group of English prisoners and was brought back to England by Henry Lewis, brother to… Continue reading Escape from the French in 1809
Like anyone else, I have a lot of puzzles to work on in my family tree. One that had been nagging at me for some time was the precise blood relationship between a Joseph Beachcroft who married a Mary Beachcroft. Mary’s father was Samuel Beachcroft and in his will of 1732 he mentions his ‘son… Continue reading A love match or simply good business?
This article first appeared in Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, in 2015 and is reproduced here by permission. Are you searching for people in parish registers online and not finding them? Are some members of a family found in a location while others are just not there, no matter how hard you try? … Continue reading Gapology – Finding People in Parish Registers
Bringing a little more method into your research helps with many common research problems. Firstly, any research should have a clear aim. The best researcher does not jump around among websites trying a bit of this and a bit of that to see what turns up, and switching families when nothing does, but instead starts… Continue reading The art of method
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