I have been quite busy over the Easter holidays, I looked after the shop for Kate for a week and have spent a lot of time researching my family tree. After four years of searching for my paternal Grandfather's birth record I finally tracked him down. I have managed to get back to 1640 and 12 generations on my Mother's side of the family and found quite a few events along the way. I always thought my Mother's family were from the North East and my Father's were from Wales but that is not so. My maternal Grandmother, Maisie, died when my Mum was 7 and was never really mentioned at all. Maisie's family are all from the East End of London and her father (my Great Grandfather) was a rag and bone man! My maternal Grandfather, my Grandaddy was an army officer but came from a mining family, I have traced them back to horse breakers and farmers in Northumberland and lead miners in Weardale. I'm planning a trip to look through parish records and some local museums to see if I can find out more.
My Father died when I was 16 and both of his parents are long gone too. I thought they were all from North Wales but they all came from the Black Country, all miners, iron workers, chainmakers and anchorsmiths. None of them Welsh at all! I have found one in a lunatic asylum, one in the workhouse and one found dead in a canal and that's only four generations back.
The weather has been gorgeous so we decided to visit Sissinghurst Castle gardens today with a stop at Cranbrook church on the way. We took over 400 photographs between the three of us, sat in the sunshine and really enjoyed some family time together. The scent from the flowers was unbelievable, I never expected to see so many flowers this early in the year.