Family Stories

All families have stories; some stories are almost myths… did my ancestors really come from Sweden? Were they really river pilots or pirates operating out of the east coast port of King’s Lynn? Some family stories are true, although some facts may be hidden; my great-grandparents loved each other across a religious divide, but where and how did they meet? Some family stories are only revealed through census records and some genealogical detective work. I want to tell the stories of my family, and others who otherwise might be lost in the past.

Robert Reynolds and Aunty Audrey

Today is Robert Earl Reynolds birthday, and I wish him very many happy returns. Robert is a musician, singer and song writer, member of the Mavericks and has toured countless times with Kevin Montgomery and the Roadtrippers. Robert has released two CDs, “Wintersky Works” and “Audrey in a Dream”. My Aunty Audrey was mum mum’s eldest sister. […]

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Marmalade…Parmalade… Barmalade….

Some of the earliest of my childhood memories comes from the dark nights of late January when each year, my dad would make marmalade. My sister and I would lie in our beds in our bedroom at the front of the flat where we lived in Cambridge and the delicious warm smells of Seville oranges and black treacle would drift through… and in the morning there would be a […]

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A hard life

Alice Thompson came from Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. She was born in 1855 or maybe it was 1853… according to the census. In fact she may have been born in 1851, but perhaps even she didn’t even know. In 1871 she was working and living in the Wheat Sheaf Inn at Bullard’s End, in Whittlesey (Whittlesea), […]

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