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Original post by Br. David
I have strong interests in History from very early times (pre-history) right through to the end of the Tudor period (1603). If I was to whittle it down, it would be the age of the castle builders, the Normans.
I am currently researching and writing one book on the complete history of the Village I live in; and also recreating a medieval illuminated manuscript similar to a Book of Hours.
Please share your interests in History.
I also have a strong interest in History. History by Michael Jackson one of the pop stars greatest hits albums. Sorry couldn't resist that one! Seriously I am also very interested in history from Tudor times right through to Victorian times and even 20th century. I have an on going project researching my family tree and beyond. I have found out a lot of things including a great aunt and a great uncle that I did not know I had as they died young and that some of my ancestors lived very near where cholera the water born disease was discovered in London.
Br. David says
Wow, I love genealogy as well. I have spent the last 16 years doing my family tree.... it has been brilliant. Have to admit my Welsh ancestry has been easier than the English!
There had been a few executions in my tree, a few wars and also poisoning.
I'm interested in history as well, but more contemporary history from say the 30s onwards, but don't mind learning a bit of Victorian history either. I enjoy reading classic books that go back to the 1800s, like Pride and Prejudice and so on. When I learn about history, I like to focus on how the people lived, rather than the political side. I found it boring when I was learning about the second world war at GCSE level, it seemed to all be about Hitler! I was expecting to learn about living conditions, the people and food etc. My town's got quite a big historical reputation as well, but I think it's only from the 30s.
I also love history and have read many books on my Kindle paper white, from the Normans to the Tudors and up to the present day, I love nothing more than visiting old castles and manor houses with my family and guide dog Taz (I don't think she enjoys it as much as me lol) Me and my dad so far have traced our family tree back to the 1740's its amazing, I also love to read about how the poor and disabled managed and were treated way back (I thank god I live today and not back then).......
Br. David says
Sarah07: I agree with you GCSE History was a little bit of a bore for me, I am not really interested in 20th Century warfare, and it was all Hitler. To be honest I much preferred early secondary school (we did the Tudors), Primary school history was my favourite... learning about the history of the town I lived in, covering the Norman's and the Castle which stood proud over the town.
Br. David says
Sharon: I too love to visit castles and manor houses, I do not go abroad much, and have decided that I am going to tour the United Kingdom and in particular its many castles.
Have you heard of Kidwelly Castle in South West Wales? It is brilliant, yes I am biased but it was my childhood haunt. I lived in the town, and enjoyed visiting my grandmother as she lives right in its shadow.
I remember learning about the Tudors in both primary and high school, but in primary school it was a lot more exciting because we had a man and a woman come into the school and do a re-enactment of the Tudors, for example, Henry viii. I remember having to be the first wife, thank God I wasn't the second or 5th! I would've had to pretend to be beheaded!
Br. David says
Oh pretending to have been beheaded would be easy... it involves three things... bucket, red tea towel and a balloon with an unhappy face. You have got to love the imagination in primary school.
I also agree with Sarah that studying History for GCSE was boring concentrating on Hitler and battle by battle in World War 2. Maybe they should've done more on the home front to make it more interesting! I don't remember primary school history lessons only the first few years of secondary school on Medieval and Tudor history. Very relivent to me living near Portsmouth and the Mary Rose museum.
I used to live on the English/Welsh border so went to a few castles there including Raglan and Chepstow.
And agree with Sharon that Manor houses and Stately homes are very interesting to visit. A lot of great fiction books based on historical backdrops now.
Some of the words used then to describe the poor and disabled are hardly used now like: pauper, lunatic and imbecile although they did manage to diagnose some as blind.
I am also interested in History, Genealogy and Archaeology. Living in Kent there are many Norman castles around- from big, important ones to small ones. I have joined the local University of the 3rd Age (U3A) and go to their family history and Roman History interest groups. They are intended for retired people (I retired early) and are great for discussions and visits.
Would be interested to hear how others access records for family history- I mainly use the internet.
Me and dad used the internet initially but dad goes to genealogy groups, they have professionals who help with searches, its really interesting to see where your relatives come from and what they use to do......even better when you find photos or newspaper clippings, we use to live in Kent when I was small my dad was stationed there for a while, then we moved to Berlin for a few years....
Hi all. Yes, I have mainly used the internet and either searched for records or shared with other website users as well as my relatives for some more recent info. I've never used a genealogy group or a professional genealogist. And I've used copies of certificates to authenticate. But it is amazing what records are available now online. Not just births, marriages, deaths and census entries, but also occupation entries, phone books, newspaper articles, military service records, shipping records to name a few. The BBC television series Who Do You Think You Are? is really inspiring. More and more museums are now putting archived documents online. And its easy to google on topics such as workhouses and trades.
I finding it fascinating looking at names both forenames and surnames. The changes in spelling, the reuse of forenames from deceased siblings or cousins and using surnames as middle names to keep the name going with children.
Very interesting a lot of the occupations around years ago as well. Many having disappeared due to mass production, etc.
Br. David says
I have used pretty much everything available to me for genealogy work.
I prefer the ease of access the internet brings though. Welsh ancestry is easier as the further back you go the 'ap' or 'ferch' comes in, which means son or daughter of. So you always get first name son/daughter of fathers name.
As I have taken my line back a considerable amount of years I had the help of a french genealogist for a section of my tree, but apart from that I have spent just over fifteen years doing mine.
Hi guys, loved reading your comments, I love Who do you think you are, I've watched programmes on my laptop channel 4 iplayer on workhouses and sanitoriums very interesting, I've researched many things online related to Staffordshire......love the Victorian Farm series and watched that programme where Anne Wintterton, Zoe Lucker and three others lived and worked in different jobs in the Victorian era.....the poor house was awful....my ancestors from my dads side used to work the slate mines in Wales and my mums side all come from Salford, Stockport (Reddish)...its really cool tracing ancestors not found any murderers yet lol
Br. David says
Lol Sharon, I think when you look at my tree there would be a debate as to whether certain people were murderers or not. I also have Judge Jeffries (The Hanging Judge) in there who was known for hanging petty criminals i.e. for stealing a loaf of bread for example.
The further back I went got me really excited, though as I am a medievalist. There is not much else I can get from my tree unless I decide to branch it out further.
Great to hear how everyone has done their family history- the internet does help a lot these days. I use Ancestry and FindmyPast in the local library to get census and other documents, and I also use Google. Some of my ancestors emigrated to Australia in Victorian times- found a lot of distant relatives no-one in the family knew about. Most of my ancestors are from Essex (ag labs) but my wife's ancestors are Irish and from Staffordshire- plenty of social history with famine, emigration and the silk weaving industry. We also have a few relatives killed in WW!, so we are trying to research their stories.
There are a lot of events around here related to Magna Carta and the 900th anniversary. Must try to get to one or two.
Br. David says
Steve, I plot mine using Ancestry which I find a great tool. But at times it can overcomplicate the tree. I've been working on my other half's tree and it appears (but I do not believe it to be!) that an incestuous partnership happened, so I have have to remove that particular line, and do it again (just to be certain).
A branch in my own tree emigrated to America in the late 1500s early 1600s and set up a plantation in Virginia. Some stayed and some returned later.
There haven't been any Magna Carta events around where I live, there should have been though! Due to the part Northampton played (it was supposed to be the meeting place, for King John and the Barons) but it never happened the way it was meant to.
I have been a local /family historian for over 30 years . so if any one wants any help I will help.
with living in Norwich Norfolk could even help with local families
Since my last post, my local library/arcive centre has had a Magna Carta display with medieval documents from their collection, and the Faversham copy of Magna Carta which is doing a tour of Kent. I belong to a VI Reading group, and after our last meeting they organised a guided/described tour with Archive staff to describe and explain the documents. They even had a County archaeologist with finds from a local manor house dig for us to handle- simple objects like roof and floor tiles and coins, but so much better to handle them and discuss them as a group.
Not done much family history lately- I've run out of leads to follow with Census records, and there doesn't seem to be the same coverage with Parish records. There also seems less opportunity to cross-check as there are fewer sources.
I have a strong interest in the history of the early Christian Church, I know it is a bit different from yours.....
If anyone is interested in this special field of History please let me know!
Br. David says
The history of the early Christian Church, is fascinating.
I love the history of the church, I suppose as a Friar myself I take an active interest in the topic.
Hi brother David,
I compiled a paper called "the Hidden Church History" around 40 pages and started a little website, but I am not sure if it is forbidden to post the website here?
Rough Sea says
Hi, Hope you don’t mind me joining the conversation. Had a quick look at your website but didn’t have time to translate the Peshitta tablets, will have to check it out when I have more time. Love your home page picture.
Have always been interested in Christian history and receive the RNIB talking books about it although my time is spread across many subjects.
Please check your URL again, you have missed out the ‘S’ from Christianity so didn’t find it at first when I did a copy and paste.
I love history and am also in U3A and the local history group. I spend every Wednesday at Avoncroft Museum in the little ‘Tin Tabernacle’ talking to the visitors about the history of this and other ‘flat pack’ churches.
you are very welcome to join! Thanks for your post.
Sometimes I have problems with typing, because of my diabetes I lost
some sensitivity in my fingers, you right the "s" was missing!
Soon I will put a second paper on the site about the "hidden" History of
Christianity. But first let me know please what you think about the first one on my site!