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Mystery Percivals
Some years ago our son stumbled upon a publication entitled The Percival Book in a junk shop. Wondering if it was connected with our side of the family, he bought it and presented it to us as a Christmas present. Disappointingly, though, a summary glance at...

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On the search for the other Percivals, after stumbling upon an amazing family history publication.

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Mystery Percivals
Some years ago our son stumbled upon a publication entitled The Percival Book in a junk shop. Wondering if it was connected with our side of the family, he bought it and presented it to us as a Christmas present. Disappointingly, though, a summary glance at...

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Secrets revealed by tragedy
E. Ernest Baker born 1861 As is often the case in family history, as you dig around to clarify one set of facts, you stumble upon something totally unexpected, leading you down a completely new route of enquiry. So it's proved while trying to establish what...

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The mystery engagement
My plan for this post had been to tell the story of the other 'missing' son of Charles Gabriel   and Susannah Baker , Edward Ernest Baker , born 1861, brother of (Charles) Alfred Baker , who I wrote about last month in Another Mystery Unravelled . But I cam...

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Another mystery unravelled
Sometimes it takes a long time to uncover a mystery and it's always a thrill to finally discover the truth, especially when it's been something you've wondered about for many years. During our research for Charles Gabriel Baker 's fateful trip to Australia ...

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A year of intrigue... and news for Esme fans
Another year over and what have you done...  to paraphrase John Lennon's famous Christmas song. Indeed! Looking back, it's been quite a year in my family history research. Shocking discovery It began back in January when I stumbled upon what turned out to b...

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Surplus Women - the legacy of WW1
Clarrie, Winifred & Hilda Griffiths Most of us have them on our tree — Maiden Aunts. My great-aunt, Hilda Victoria Griffiths , depicted right with her sisters, my grandmother Winifred (the youngest) and Clarrie , the eldest of the three, is probably the one...

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The Mystery of Mary Ann - looking for connections
One of the things I love about family history research (apart from the thrill of stumbling upon something surprising by accident, of course) is the buzz of gathering together those intriguing bits of information which, could , might , possibly , join togeth...

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The Mystery of Mary Ann - secrets and lies
Mary Ann 2 years before she left home As those of you who read this blog regularly know, one of my family mysteries is that of my great aunt Mary Ann Diggory , or Annie, as she was known. Annie walked out of the family home in 1904, aged 16 and, it was alle...
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