Category Archives: Family tree and ancestry
Posted by Joanne Hayle
I’ve been researching my family tree in the last week and I have made some amazing discoveries.
There were relatives that I’ve never heard mentioned, people in England, Australia, Canada and the USA.
A lot of my ancestors had the same Christian names, which was a bit confusing at times!
It’s a fascinating and illuminating project – one that I’ll keep dipping in to – I love history anyway but to see to see even the slightest details of their lives is wonderful.
My inner writer didn’t hesitate to create scenes in my mind.
For instance, my great grandmother lost one child whilst pregnant with another in 1914.
Imagine the conflict of emotions, the grief, the expectation, the hope, the loss, the pain, the nervous joy – and then WW1 and its tragedies.
There was a great great uncle who emigrated in 1891 at the age of 13, alone, to Canada from England.
My minds eye saw his excitement and trepidation, the hunger to see a new world, the knowledge that he may not see his sister (my great great grandmother) again.
He married, had children and was a reverend. There was no record of a return to England so I think that emigrating worked really well for him.
One of his descendants married a poet…It seems that I’m not the only writer in the expanding extended family tree.
I approached the research as a family history project but it is fabulous how many ideas, possible plots, outcomes, tales and conjectures are just asking to be written as if somehow my ancestors appeared in snapshots to me and that they have helpfully spurred on my creativity.
I may not have all of the historical details but I can certainly tell a story and what better and unexpected inspiration can there be than in the past that made me – A creative sapling on that centuries old tree.
Have a great week!