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It’s been a dreadful amount of time since I posted to the blog.  I have been working slowly but surely on the website, however going back to full-time employment has eaten into my time at the keyboard.

I had a couple of delightful suprises these past few weeks.  I discovered a reference to Lewis Davies, my 3 x great grandfather in the index to press cuttings on the Ceredigion County Council website.  I also found reference to a newspaper article about my Clayton family in another article.  I sent an email asking how to go about obtaining the two articles, and the Aberystwyth Library kindly scanned and sent them to me.  My thanks indeed for doing that.  It is just so very very cool, to find something like this in a newspaper and I will be taking the time to follow up on the clues in the first article, which describes Lewis’ lengthy military career, under both the Duke of York and the Duke of Wellington.  One thing led to another and I found an article about the home he built in Aberystwyth.  Again I’m so grateful for the opportunity to view these articles online.  I would never know these details and be able to add to the story of my family in this way.

The article in Ceredigion:  Journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society was written by Caroline Palmer.  It is absolutely filled to the brim with information on the house from wallpaper, to descriptions of the fireplaces purchased, and although Lewis died shortly after it was finished, his eldest son’s family lived there a long time.  They worked extensively on the house and the details in the article were such that I could almost picture it all in my mind.  There is a brief mention of my 2x great grandfather who was Lewis’ youngest son, and also plenty of dates to provide clues for further research.  As a brief aside, I’m certainly very glad that I wasn’t one of the poor tradespeople working on redesigning the home under Lewis’ grandson and his wife.  It does sound like they were quite difficult to deal with in terms of paying for any work done on the home!!

As I opened the pdf of the second article about the Clayton family, I was thrilled to see photographs attached to it.  It was an article about a relative who has written a book on the Clayton and Thomas families of Aberystwyth.  I had been in touch with her a little while ago and she had very kindly sent me a copy of the book.

The wonderful part about genealogy is that everytime I think I’ve reached a dead end, finds like these spur me on again.  It’s like a good cup of tea when you’re thirsty!!

Here are the two links I talked about today.  Even if you don’t have relatives in the articles, they are interesting to read, because they give a flavour of life as it was…

Ceredigion County Council Local History Resources: Press Cuttings Collection

Welsh Journals Online

If I won a lottery. My genealogy top 10 wish list.

When my husband and I travel, we inevitably end up having crazy conversations about what we’d do if we won the lottery.  These usually happen when we’re on our way home and not looking forward to being back at work.  As I was working around the house this morning, I started to think about my top ten list genealogy-wise, if there were no restrictions on time, travel or finances – a genealogical heaven, so to speak.  The list is purely for fun and is a very different wish list from my genealogy ‘want to find’ list.  

Here’s the list, which of course begins with me quitting my job!

  1. Book a ticket to Europe. I’m going to Wales (Aberystwyth area), England (Manchester area), then Poland & Ukraine (this may take a long time, I’ve got lots of ancestral places to see in these areas, so I’ll include number 2 as part of this process). 
  2.  Buy a house in Wales, which will be our summer home and close to the National Library of Wales (It will have an ocean view).
  3. I’m going to take my Mum & daughter along for the UK parts of the trip as we’ve all dreamed of a research trip there for so long. 
  4. Meet two new relatives in the UK that I’ve made contact with in the past couple of years, and visit uncles, aunts and cousins to ‘interview’ them in person.
  5. Take a trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. (A long time dream of mine)
  6. In my new house will be a library housing as many history/genealogy books as I can fit!
  7. In my new house is a room just for my genealogy – with a brand new computer, two monitors and many filing cabinets.  The walls will be covered in maps and photos.  (If the lottery win is large enough, it will be climate controlled!)
  8. While I’m in Wales, I want to become fluent in Welsh, so I’ll take a Welsh immersion course.
  9. A good camera of course, for all the photographs I’ll be taking.
  10. I will complete my genealogical certification.

A bonus for me is that my husband has offered to travel with me to any of these places that have a golf course.  So now we’re all set, just one thing left to do………


What does your list look like?

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