Dig Up Your Ancestors

Every life story is extraordinary.

Edwardian servant

Servants & Employers Part 1

My great grandmother Polly Smith worked as a domestic servant for Nicholas Gosselin aka ‘The Gosling’ — head of the Irish Special Branch.

Blazing Dresses (Part 2)

In the 19th century, numerous women were injured and killed when their dresses caught fire, like my ancestor Eliza Maultby.

Blazing Dresses (Part 1)

A look at the dangers that fire presented to 19th century women, such as my ancestor Anne Benwell, whose dress caught fire in 1818.

My Bucks Posse

The 1798 Buckinghamshire posse comitatus gave me a valuable window into my deep Bucks ancestry.

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