These are my larger research projects which each span several pages.
I have had in my possession a splendid pile of Victorian family photographs since 1993, originally discovered in the basement of the ground floor flat at 29 Logan Road, Bishopston, Bristol in the early 1970’s by my parents. The flat was rented from one of two spinster sisters called LEE, one of which had been a Botanist. Only two of the photographs had names one, and wondered if I could find out any more.
We walk past and sit on park benches everyday, many of which have plaques in remembrance to departed loved ones. It suddenly dawned one me not too long ago that I had never taken the time to read the inscriptions properly before, and being both artist and genealogist, thought it would make a really interesting project to photograph each bench and do a little research into each person named.
There were three residential properties built in the early 1900’s by Southend Waterworks Company in Thundersley, Essex, which were associated with the reservoir and two pumping stations. Using census, electoral and various other records I discovered the names of the first few occupants of these three properties and have traced their lives and family histories.
The war memorial in Hadleigh, Essex was erected in 1922 and carved stone plaques around the sides contain the names of the 48 men of the parish who died during WWI. The base it stands on remembers those who died during WWII (although no names were added). It’s quite an impressive structure, considering Hadleigh isn’t a big place even now.
I have been slowly researching each soldier names, tracing their family history and trying to find their connection to Hadleigh (ongoing).