Family History

Thomas Finch (Part Two): Biography of a Poacher

Thomas Finch (Part Two): Biography of a Poacher

Thomas Finch was my direct ancestor, my eighth great-grandfather. He was a city boy, born in London, on 11 October 1655. His baptism was registered a year later in the old Anglican chapel of St Mary in Whitechapel. His siblings Sarah, Anthony and Dorothy were all...

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What Does a Surname Mean?

What Does a Surname Mean?

What’s in a name? After 1066, when the Normans invaded England from France, English families were forced to adopt hereditary surnames, replacing the old custom in which people were known by a personal name or nickname. By 1400 most English families had surnames but...

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The Girl from the Village of Apple Blossoms

The Girl from the Village of Apple Blossoms

While I'm waiting to hear from publishers to whom I've submitted the proposal for Syd's biography I've been working on a series of geneological stories. This was a little vignette I wrote about Christiana Link, the mother of ... well, you'll have to read the book to...

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

We are the biological and cultural blend of our ancestors and we somehow think that we know what that means. I knew my grandparents extremely well and adored them all. On my father’s side, most of us had Finch eyes. Some of us talked and laughed like Grandma, who was...

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