I can still remember the first time I started to take an interest in my family history when, as RE homework, aged about 13, we were asked to draw up a family tree. This required me talking to my two remaining grandparents to try to get as much information as possible. What struck me was that they didn’t really know a great deal about their ancestors as most had died at a young age and children were expected to be seen and not heard.
My research really began as I was researching my final year dissertation at university. During my research, I happened upon a book listing those who had been pilots on the River Mersey. Remembering that my grandad had told me that his grandfather had been a pilot, I looked him up. To my delight, there he was, complete with year and death of birth. That was it – I was hooked.
During my research, I have unearthed many skeletons and also discovered some people to be truly proud of. I am firmly of the belief that you cannot change your past and each event has, somewhat, shaped us into being the people we are today so, with this in mind, I aim to share some of the more scandalous and amazing stories from my family history.
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