Category Archives: Occupations

Surname Saturday: Poll

This week’s Surname Saturday theme looks at the POLL family of Norfolk and their silk weaving roots and fascination with Hebrew names. Continue reading

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Surname Saturday: GILBERT

Surname Saturday: GILBERT – The Gilbert family of Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire are the focus of this week’s meme day. Continue reading

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The death of a child

William Martin died aged 10 in 1890 when he was entrusted with a horse and cart. The Factory Act (1891) could have protected him and many others from a working childhood. Continue reading

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National Mills Weekend 2012

National Mills Weekend 2012 – visiting The Great Mill at Haddenham, Cambridgeshire. Continue reading

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Surname Saturday: NEWMAN

The Newman family of Cambridgeshire are this week’s Geneabloggers topic for ‘Surname Saturday’ – a story of illegitimacy, windmills and dinosaur poop. Continue reading

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Wicken Windmill

This weekend is National Mills Weekend in the UK, and so I decided to head off to one of the few working mills left in Cambridgeshire, in a village called Wicken. Wicken was once home to my Bishop family during … Continue reading

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Tombstone Tuesday: James, Elizabeth and Willie Gilbert

James and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Gravestone, originally uploaded by familytreeuk. This headstone stands in the cemetery in Littleport, Cambridgeshire. The Gilbert family were and are land owners in the area. The stone shows that Elizabeth and James died close together – … Continue reading

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Elveden and the Brightwells

One of the family trees that I am currently climbing has a bit of an evolutionary name. The most recent incarnations in the late-19th century are ‘Brightle’, ‘Brightley’ and ‘Brightly’ as found in Littleport and Little Downham fenland, Cambridgeshire. The … Continue reading

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A life consumed

The ‘White Plague’, ‘Consumption’, ‘T.B’, Tuberculosis. If you’ve been researching your family tree, you’re bound to have stumbled across some of these phrases as causes of death (i’d only not seen the ‘white plague’ term before, but I’ve seen the … Continue reading

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New season of Littleport Society meetings announced.

I’ve just received the latest edition of The Littleport Society magazine, so thought i’d share the event info with you that covers the next few months. I’ve been a member of the society for years now and they are exceptionally … Continue reading

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