Welcome to my blog!

Hi! I’m Clare and I love genealogy, social history, and writing.

Born in England, I moved to California in 2001 and stayed there for 16 years. I loved life in California but I always missed old buildings and graveyards! Since I returned to the UK in 2017 I’ve been spending as much time as possible ‘digging up’ long-dead ancestors! I can also be found occasionally on the Thames foreshore doing a bit of mudlarking – looking for everyday treasures in the layers of centuries past.

My blog name is definitely a bit irreverent, but it comes from my passion about bringing back the stories of ‘ordinary’ people whose lives have not been recorded and remembered. I find as I dig into the past that everyone has a story, and I really believe that EVERY life is EXTRAORDINARY.

I hope you will enjoy the stories and tips I share. Please do follow on Twitter and Instagram @digupyourancestors.

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