Category Archives: FAMILY HISTORY

WW1 Remembrance Poetry Art and Hope

WW1 Remembrance Poetry Art and Hope

The Digital Archives of WW1 Poetry needs little introduction. Worthy of a reflective browse and full of deeply moving artefacts.

When souls in the extremes of horrific wars raise themselves to such heights, in spite of all they face, it feels like the least we can do is to take inspiration from their art and take it forward with us today. Remembrance seems as important and poignant now as ever.

Whilst the generations that endured these ironically called ‘Great Wars’ are no longer with us, hearing the children from a WW1 project at last nights Royal Albert Hall Remembrance commemoration it is as relevant now as ever surely that we continue to observe this annual moment.

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The children last night reflected the rich tapestry of modern Britain, independent of race, religion, education or wealth. The recent Reith BBC lectures on identity for me were full of hope, teaching us that we adapt, adopt and Evolve culture. We need not be bound by birthrights or the illusion of identity as a fixed inheritance that emanates from our DNA. It is ours to do what we wish with. Sometimes we need not be bound by our history but liberated by it.

The depth of the art left by these poets has been rooted in my reading since early school days. Like the children featured last night, it has provided me a glimpse of insight and inspiration not just at this time of year. I heard from My brother this week that his son aged 10 read ‘In Flanders Fields…’ To his school this week. In an uncertain world when poems from 100 years ago can have that much impact they have got to be worth sharing, preserving ad nurturing for future generations.

Whilst some Veteran associations with dwindling numbers are winding-up their participation, let’s hope the next generations so widely represented today in Whitehall London continue to take up the baton.

Tower of London an outpouring of national recognition.
Tower of London an outpouring of national recognition.

This is not to glorify war but to remind of the error and horrors of not only our past but our all too recent conflicts. What is the point of poetry some people ask, read these texts see the hand-written manuscripts and I defy anyone not to be moved and know exactly why these documents are so important. Bless them all.

13th November 2016.

Post 1754 Marriage Registers

Post 1754 Marriage Registers

Post 1754 marriage registers following Hardwickes Act of the same year give a wealth of information for the family and local historian. Details of the bride and groom are obvious but who were the witnesses and what was their relationship to the couple?

Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood

Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood

Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood Plantagenet Roll of the Royal Blood, 3 Ways to Check your Plantagenet Heritage Are you one of the many or one of the few? Watching and reading the media during this amazing week, it seems as if ‘the world and his wife’ were related to Richard III and the…

Family History and Evernote

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Tools for Family Historians

Family history involves collecting, organizing and retrieving masses of disparate data, is an enormous task. Seeing connections across pieces of data is vital but difficult to manage. Family historians using cloud computing can use Evernote to store and search material by tagging data, making it incredibly easy to retrieve.

Family History and Cloud Computing

Family History and Cloud Computing

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Tools for Family Historians

How can use ‘cloud computing’ to aid your family history research. Think of the volume of data you have stored about the history of your family. Are you sure your data is backed up and retrievable in the face of a meltdown of your PC? How can you collect research data on your tablet / laptop and have it synced to your PC?

Using Livery Company Records

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Livery Companies

Did your family work in the City of London? If so, then they may well have been a member of one of the guilds or livery companies