Happy Birthday Great Aunt Mary

Happy Birthday to my Great Aunt Mary Elizabeth Monaghan nee Batters born #onthisday 100 years ago. She worked in the Textile Mills and married during World War II to Jack Monaghan. She was one of twelve children born to Great Grandparents Walter Batters and Martha Elizabeth Ellis, four of whom died in infancy. She died far too young in 1958, aged only 40 leaving 4 young children behind – thoughts are with you and your family today. I never knew her in life but love my Batters Family History of which she is a part.

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Prompted by a Dream

Been a busy few weeks working on a large-scale project but had to write about the discovery of the week that came about really because of a dream I had a while back. Some branches of my tree seem to come so easily that it feels at times as if ancestors are throwing themselves at me whilst there are some lines that seem to grind to a halt and you can’t seem to get any further on them despite searching every possible avenue. I have a few brick walls in my tree that have proven to be very difficult but can testify that time and long-suffering and widening searches can be fruitful and pay dividends if you have the patience for it.

Today I am writing about my Great Great Grandfather on my father’s side of the family. His name was James Thorpe and for many many years all we had known about him had come from my mother’s research and our knowledge of him consisted of his life after marriage to my Great Great Grandmother Eliza or Elizabeth Powderley. Information about him prior to marriage was limited to the information contained on his marriage record and search after search had proven inconclusive. However, prompted by a post I made on my social media sites to mark the 160th year of Eliza Powderley’s birth and by an idea that had come about through a dream about James Thorpe I decided this week to look again at James to see if I could make any sense of my theory about him and find any answers as to why I was struggling to discover anything more about him. Continue reading

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Welcome New Visitors

We’ve had a slew of visitors over the past couple of hours after one of Louise’s posts was shared on Facebook by a large, national-level history organisation, so I thought I had better put a note up here.

There haven’t been any major posts on the site for a while, but fairly regular minor pieces are added to some other Social Media sites on a fairly regular basis – especially Facebook and Instagram, with Twitter getting some love from us as well.

We are also planning on returning to G+ and Tumblr with the next update.

We also have a presence on the Fediverse, with Mastodon and Pixelfed accounts – don’t worry if you haven’t heard of either of these, WWLIF is the first to post regularly on Family History and Genealogy on those platforms.

Meanwhile, Louise is hard at work assembling an entirely new section of the site – this probably won’t see the light of day until the end of the year, but it is going to take a lot more work before it is finished – I’m trying to persuade her to fit some longer posts in as well in the meantime.

I’ve got some more ideas for short videos, so hopefully some of them will be up soon as well.

Until then, have a good look around, and don’t forget to follow us on our Social Media.

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