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Debra van Driel Kluit
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Rose Tozer - my great grandmother
" Of course we can't know all the facts of our ancestor's lives, but as we put together the puzzle pieces of the information that we find we begin to get a small glimpse into their life. My great grandmother's life began with sadness and ended in tragedy an...

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Lightening and Windmills
This newspaper article is from the West Kent Guardian and is dated 5th September 1835 William Freeman was my 4th great grandfather, he was born around 1772 and died on the 19th May 1841 in Upnor, Frindsbury, Kent.

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  Millers My husband is a real Dutch Miller and his family have been Millers since 1818, so I was pleased to discover that my maternal line also has several Millers. In a previous blog of July 2016 I shared a newspaper article about my great great Grandfath...

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My Dad - George Robert Strickland
 My Dad, George Robert Strickland was born on the 19th December 1927, the youngest of seven children. He was named George after his mother’s half brother George Curtois and Robert after his father, though as a child everyone called him broncho because he wa...

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Poldark and my Stickland family
Recently the BBC has televised a new Poldark series based on the books by Winston Graham and set in Cornwall at the end of the 18th Century. The Poldark books portray what life was like for my Stickland ancestors who also lived in Cornwall and like Ross Pol...

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Dalham village - in the footsteps of my ancestors
My third great grandmother Maria Bishop was born in April 1816 in a beautiful little Suffolk village called Dalham which is situated along the ancient Saxon Icknield Way path. Last Saturday we had the chance to visit this lovely  peaceful village and to wal...

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A very special person
Ninety years ago on the 22nd of August 1926 a very special person was born, my Mum, Doreen Bertha Orwin. Doreen was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, the third child of Herbert Cyril Orwin and Violet Popplewell. She grew up in a happy home with her brother Cyri...

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Cousins, families and moments in time
Every day we create new moments in time in our family history and yesterday, 6th August 2016 was a very special moment in time in our family history because my sister Kim's daughter Breanna Werner was married for time and all eternity to Kenny Boxberger. To...

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The seventh child
My Dad, George Robert Strickland was the youngest of seven children, he had four elder sisters and two brothers. His eldest sister Annie was 17 when he was born and Alice was 16 so he had enough "mothers" to help look after him. There is a story that when h...

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The Dangers of working in a Windmill
I work in a windmill and I often have to climb the ladder stairs to fetch something for a customer, so I know how careful you have to be and I often warn visitors to the mill that they have to climb down the steps the same way as they climbed up, that is wi...
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