Last year I chose to review some of the unsolved mysteries in my family history. Having just come back from visiting some of the locations in England where my ancestors lived, I've decided my theme for this year will be "places".
I'll be looking particularly at the cities, villages and towns where my family lived for several generations, and asking questions such as: When did they move there? What did they do there? What was the place like at the time? How did their environment influence their lives, and what influence did they have on the place itself? Why did they leave?
By learning more about where my forebears spent their lives, I find I understand their stories better. Visiting some of the places in England and Australia that my family once called home has helped me to imagine more clearly what their lives were like. I hope to be able to share my impressions with you (along with some of the many photos I've taken!)
So, I hope you'll come along for the ride. First stop will be the little English village of Walton le Dale.