Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The other side

The great grandmother who I think is dead.
But then again, she might still be alive and a miracle to scientists!
The main reason I work on my father's side of my genealogy so much is the ease. The ease of finding stuff. Everything is gathered in one archive. Plus quite a few of my (far-away) relatives have been really good in putting notices in the main paper for that area regarding birth, marriage and death. Which makes it quite a doddle to find stuff. Don't get me wrong, there is still frustration over people not found, information not available, but still...

My mother's side of the family is altogether more complex. She comes from a small village close to a river. That river is also the boundary between two different provinces. Each with their own archives. Not only that, where the archive for my paternal family has digitalised most information, the maternal side tells you to go to the archives themselves. Which is rather annoying when living in another country. 

And don't get me started on newspapers. I did find a report about one relative in a paper a few years ago, but when I tried to look it up the other day: couldn't find it! Fortunately I found I had it saved to my computer, so all is not lost. But most of my maternal relatives either weren't that willing to put notices in papers or I just can't find them. For some reason. 

Another thing that I can't find is the date of death of my great grandmother. She was born in 1885, so I do have this presumption that there is a possibility that she might have perhaps passed away, but I just can't find it! Anywhere! I will get there in the end, don't worry, but it is frustrating. 

A great-aunt. I believe her husband died in a lightning strike which actually made the paper.
One thing I did find out though was about her siblings. Her parents were busy making a family, but circumstances did not help. Out of a total of 12 children, only four lived past the age of 2 and made it into adulthood. Also, names were being reused. A child died, the name was used for the next one. And as 'luck' would have it, each time a girl died, another girl was born. The same went for the boys. Until the mother passed away at the age of 37. 

Mind you, it's not all bad news on the maternal side. A few years ago I already discovered that we have royal ancestry. But younger sons didn't always marry as favourably as the elder ones and in the end we were labourers. Making an honest living though, which is the most important. Plus, I think I have already gone back to about the fifteenth century for most of the rest of the family. Now it's just a case of finding the specific people and their stories. 

As always, I will keep you posted!


  1. Finding your ancestors is great fun......now me, I came wiv an ancestry register going back several generations! I have CHAMPIONs in my history, hehe
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. Hari om from Mumbai!
    A sneaky i'net access as we have a 'fallow' day. This is interesting reading and your tenacity is admirable! Sending Love, YAM xx

    1. I am sure you will explain all about 'fallow' day when you return.
      My tenacity gets me in trouble: instead of clearing the last of the Christmas stuff away, I try and find someone or other...

  3. I agree with Yam...I do so admire your ability to research so diligently!
    Hugs Cecilia

  4. Royalty! You should check with the Mormons cuz they nailed this type of research. But then they might come calling so there is a trade off . . .

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    1. Quite a few people are descendant from Charles the Bald I gather, so we are not alone, but it is still quite fun.

      In fact a lot of information now available to me, was gathered by the Mormons. They have not come calling yet though...

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    1. European into Belgian into Dutch and then slowly petering out towards mayors, painters and then labourers.

  6. From my fathers side I almost know nothing. He had broken with his family and only said bad things about them which are not true of course. I know little more about my mother's side, but I am not really interested in where I am coming from ! I have heard that one brother of my grandma (same age as your great grandma) had a circus. Maybe that's why I am a little fancy.

  7. I see you in the photo of your great grandmother. That is really sad about her parents and the children who did not live. The heartache had to be unbearable.


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