So, a fanfare should announce post 100! You had your chance to ask me whatever you wanted, and here and now I can reveal the answers! Thanks to Luanne, Emma, Sue, Alison and Paula for their questions, which were enjoyable to answer and also got me thinking about things!
First up was Luanne from http://thefamilykalamazoo.wordpress.com/ Hi Luanne, you wanted to know what I like to do apart from writing and researching into my family history.
My next big passion is Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. It was something that my Dad introduced me to and he first took me along in 1972 when I was a young teenager. It became somewhere we used to go together, and in his later years I would take him along with my son and daughter. I wrote about it here: https://jackiedinnis.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/test-post-one/ I still go along to all the home games, I have a season ticket, and it’s a huge part of my life and a link to my past.
I also enjoy reading, that reminds me to add my Goodreads tag to the side of my homepage so you can see what kind of things I enjoy reading. I also love making cards and scrapbooking, watching TV, going to the local theatre and meeting with friends for meals out.
Emma asked me which one of the ancestors I’ve researched so far would I most like to have met. Well, this was difficult to decide, I almost feel like I don’t want to offend any of them by choosing one over another! I have decided that the one I would like to meet most is Elizabeth Collins. Here she is on the front right of this photograph:
She is my mother’s grandmother – on Enid’s mother’s side naturally as we don’t know who her father was … yet. I would love to meet Elizabeth and sit and listen to her talking about her life and her family. I would love to hear her voice, to see the look in her eye as she tells me about her past. I guess she would have some questions for me too, about what happened to her family in the future. She wouldn’t have known about me when she was alive, she died twenty years before I was born, but she died in 1938, so she could tell me all about the ‘scandal’ if there was one – about her youngest daughter, her unmarried daughter, getting pregnant, having a baby girl (my mother) and giving that baby to another family to raise (this would have been 1927). I would ask Elizabeth if she had any idea who the father of this baby is, although it’s beginning to matter less and less to me as I realise the family who raise you is the one that matters most. So my question to you, Elizabeth, would be: Did you meet Enid, or May as she was named at birth? She would have been 11 years old when you died, so did you keep in touch with her during those years?
Carrying on from this, Sue asked me what questions do I wish I had asked my parents about their families that might have helped with my research. I wish I’d asked my Dad more about the time he spent in the Army in Italy during World War 2. He was never one for talking about the war at all, but maybe if I’d asked more direct questions he would have gradually opened up about it a little. I’m left with photographs, documents and letters and am able to piece a few things together, but I’d like to have known exactly where he was and who the people in the photographs are. I guess the thing I would say to anyone with living relatives is to ask about the photographs they have – write down the names and dates and places, it’ll help someone in the future!
And in an ideal world I wish I’d asked my Mum more about her birth family, but that just wasn’t possible as she didn’t want to talk about it. Just out of curiousity I would love to have asked her where she learnt to play the piano!
Also on this subject, I would say to anyone who has parents alive – just ask them what you want to know! They can only say no, if it’s something they don’t want to tell you.
Alison asked me if in, say 100 years time my descendents are tracing their family history, what would I like them to know about me at this time?
I’d like them to know I was also tracing my family history, and for them to know the difficulties I was having in tracing people. So we have something in common, which might make them feel close to me. I expect they’ll see documents and figure out my life contained ups and downs, and I would like them to know that it’s through the downs that I learnt most about life and myself. Challenges and changes are good, and learning to bounce back is such a positive thing. I’d like them to look at my photo and think about me, smile and think ‘she seemed nice’. I’d like them to know I supported Brighton & Hove Albion, and feel obliged to support them too 🙂
Paula Acton is up next: http://paulaacton.com/ She wants to know if I’ve found out anything yet which has shocked or surprised me, or possibly even caused me to burst out laughing. Actually yes, one thing springs to mind! My great great grandfather, John Dinnis lived and worked in Brighton during the early 1800s. I was searching through local Directories for the streets he lived in, and found him listed as Publican and Cook for The Old Ship Shades in Ship Street, Brighton. I looked this place up and found it was the bar which allowed prostitutes to work in! For some reason that tickled my sense of humour, having a descendent who ran a local brothel!
Finally one more photograph that made me laugh out loud. It’s me, in one of my fab outfits from the 1960s.