Archive for 2011
Missing image #2
Posted on: July 10th, 2011 by pj

Here’s another photo from the stack I bought, abandoned in a junk shop. They all seem to have a connection to the Disney, Vesty, Taylor and/or Watson family from Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK. This guy looks like a cheeky chap, doesn’t he? Is he one of yours.

The one with the book…
Posted on: July 4th, 2011 by pj

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!!

Here’s the blurb:

“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…)

Happy New Year!
Posted on: April 26th, 2011 by pj

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  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.