Thursday, 16 March 2017
Family history woes
I began a - supposed to be brief - foray into my Family History again in the cold grey days of January. I did quite well (I thought) and even remembered to end my Ancestry membership before the appointed day - except they came back and offered my 3 more months' membership for the price of a month, which sounded a good deal. So I carried on looking, followed my Hobbs family line back and was excited by the results. Sent them off to my cousin in Romsey, but with some misgivings. I had been sleeping badly, and hadn't looked properly and I had misgivings. I checked again - wrong - someone had cobbled together about 5 different families on one family line, and whilst one was one of mine, the rest were irrelevant. I began again, and have been continuing ever since, as Ancestry really ISN'T that user-friendly, and when your folk just do NOT appear in earlier censuses, and there are no marriages you can find which have links to banns and marriage lines, one quickly becomes moribund. I am somewhat disinclined to order certificates willy nilly until I am absolutely certain I have the right person/people!
I am currently going round in circles with my g.g. grandfather who married Elizabeth Russell. In one census they are in Peckham, living as relatives with a family (the wife nee Russell) , but claim to be Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, which I cannot work out to be possible unless the wife was her daughter, born out of wedlock and the only notion I have is that it might be her sister. Which brings me a long way from tieing up my Hobbs/Russell children of which there were 9 (though sadly only 2 survived and they buried 7). I guess I will have to bite the bullet and send for their marriage certificate to get this a step further.
Not that any of this is interesting to you folks!
Meanwhile, I made the most of lovely spring weather yesterday and gardened fitfully in between watching the jumps racing at Cheltenham (I am a life-long enthusiast). Now some bits of my garden are minus weeds, which is a positive. I bought some seeds in Lidl and Wilko this week, so need to get them started off - peas, runner beans, green beans, purple beans and courgettes.
I have been feeling off-colour today - heavy achey legs, and SO tired that I went back to bed this morning, but couldn't sleep. I tried to buck myself up and made myself a Moroccan Chicken Soup from the BBC Good Food One Pot magazine I got this week (I want to cook everything in it). The trouble was, by the time it was ready, I just couldn't face it. In fact, the smell of it made me feel sick (tomato-y, and normally I would have loved it). So I froze the lot and had fish and chips, and couldn't even face the fish! Now I feel really bloated, like I have eaten an elephant . . . Ah well, perhaps a good night's sleep will sort me out.