A to Z Challenge Day 17

Day 17 – The Letter Q

Queenie

Queenie was my grandmother.  Although she was called Queenie her name was actually May Annie Doris Cockett – exactly the same name as my mother, according to her birth certificate – although I always knew Mum as Enid May Howells.  Such is the confusion for people searching for their family ancestry!  No one seems to use their birth name, and generations named their children after themselves, so when looking at sites such as www.ancestry.co.uk the names get so confusing.  To add to this muddle I called my grandmother Auntie Queenie, and was only told later that she was my grandmother.  Even then I wasn’t really allowed to call her Grandma, or Nannie – it still had to be Auntie Queenie, my mother said so.  Sometimes I wish things were more cut and dried – a nice neat list of parents, grandparents and so on.  But where would be the fun in that!  So I would encourage everyone finding it difficult to persevere and grandually build up your family tree, branch by branch.  When it gets tough, just put it away for a while and come back to it later.  Sometimes I feel too much ‘in the past’ and need to haul myself back to the present.  Your ancestors will still be there waiting for you when you come back to them later.  Here is Queenie – my grandmother:

My grandmother, Queenie

About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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