Sunday, 5 October 2008

Those things we find by accident!

After reading Vicky's Blog at
I decided to add my own comment.
As some of you will know one of my best discoveries was when I checked out a settlement examination at Southampton Archives.
The first page told me very little. When it refered me to another page that was where I struck gold.
I had initially contacted the archives as I was after more information about the parents of Stephen Richard Buckle. They couldn't find any bastardy records but they mentioned the settlement examination.
To cut a long story short the second page revealed that Louisa's parents had married in Jersey but on returning to England and after Louisa was born her father's wife and children turned up.
Her mother later married in Titchfield and the marriage showed her maiden name and lead to my BUCKETT and WAITE research. (see my second post of 2007)

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Newspaper Article Coroners Inquest

I knew that my grandmother was orphaned and when I was given a copy of her records from the orphanage this set me on a quest to find out more.
The letter written to the orphanage showed that her mother had taken her own life.
I knew when this had happened so I tracked down a copy of the local newspaper at the local studies library.
I found two items in the newspaper.
The first was a simple report of the death.
The second report detailed what had been said at the coroner's inquest.
The worst of it was that her sons had found her when they went down in the morning to get a light before going to work.
The one who found her was later killed whilst fighting in WW1 and his brother died during the flu epidemic.
I will never know what effect this had on them and until I was an adult I was unaware that my grandmother had more than 1 brother (she had 4).
Even though I did not know these people personally it was an emotional experience finding out what happened to my gt grandmother.