This is the 18th century schoolroom
I finally went and did it and published my book!! All the research from the last *cough* years, all down on paper…in a book! Of course, since its been written I’ve found out more information but that will have to wait for volume 2!
If you’d like to buy it first of all, thank you!! Second, click the picture below for the various options. Thirdly, thank you!!
“Chasing Rainbows is a layered portrait of an English family spanning a time period from the early eighteenth to the late twentieth century. The author begins with her six time great grandfather William Rainbow, born around 1710 in the village of Cotesbach, Leicestershire and traces his descendants to the present day. This genealogical journey takes in the world of the Victorian actor, the Edwardian journalist, the Passive Resister and the gory details of a shocking crime. We travel from farming in rural Leicestershire via silk weaving in Coventry to the USA and Australia.
This account of an ‘ordinary’ family peopled with extraordinary characters is based on primary research collected by the author during the last 25 years with the individual stories set solidly in historical context. Written originally to organise and preserve her research Paula Jeffery’s genealogy stories took on a life of their own and her interest in history and detective work combined to produce a compelling account of family life during the past 300 years.
The journey was peppered with mysteries. What was the motivation for a young man to run a razor across the neck of his girlfriend while she slept? Why did a mother and daughter both die suddenly at the age of twenty-one? (more…)
My new year’s resolutions were to lose weight and blog more often. The good news is that I’ve lost 30lbs and well….one out of two isn’t bad, is it? However, I haven’t been idle on the genealogy front. I’ve nearly finished my book. After writing all last summer and autumn and editing during the winter, I’ve now arrived at teaching myself Adobe Indesign so I can format the pdf and send it off to lulu.com. This week I’m indexing. If you’ve never done that, trust me, it’s horrible! But I see light at the end of the tunnel and I can’t believe I’ve actually almost finished it.
Reading genealogy blogs and twitter it appears that most of us hate to see old photos that have been abandoned at a flea markets or second hand shop. There is a feeling of sadness at the sight of a box full of memories, discarded, maybe after a bereavement. As we work through our own research we may only be lucky enough to find a few precious images of our own ancestors and can only imagine the joy of being presented with a whole box of missing images. I think that was my motivation when, a couple of years ago I found a big box of old photos in a second hand shop and rather than let them languish I bought them. There are a few clues as to where they may belong, the names Disney, Vesty, Taylor and Watson are mentioned with connections to Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK. The photos themselves are lovely; pretty girls, grand old gentlemen, family portraits, farming photos and more. Today’s is the first in a series I’ll post in the hope of reuniting them with their family.
I had a great opening line for this book.
"My grandfather was born in a register office"
It seemed just about perfect for the beginning of a book about family history. What a pity it's not true. The line that got away. I feel like a fisherman, "No honest, it was THIS good".