The Chase

Who do you think you are to make judgements?

Posted on: November 24th, 2016 by pj

Another season of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ is about to start on British TV and so begins the yearly ritual of me shouting at the screen.  I’m a family historian so, naturally, I’m drawn to the only program that’s directly about my hobby but the format drives me crazy.  It’s not even the frustration […]

William Rainbow, non-conformist?

Posted on: June 23rd, 2013 by pj

If you’ve been here before you’ll know that I’m forever going on about my ‘brick wall’ William Rainbow. I know that he married Phoebe Taylor in 1736 and he worked in Cotesbach, Leicestershire.  His name also appears in the account books of Cotesbach Estate (held by the Cotesbach Educational Trust) as a tenant farmer and […]

Rainbow One Name Study

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 by pj

I’ve just registered the surname Rainbow with The Guild of One-Name Studies.  Not exactly sure what I’m letting myself in for but first off I’m researching ways to display current and future data, probably on a separate website.

Edwin’s book

Posted on: January 16th, 2012 by pj

In 1916, during WWI, my great, great grandfather revised, enlarged and rewrote a book about Coventry, England that took the form of four walks around the town. You can find extracts of this book below or if you’d like the complete book you can download the free Kindle version in the sidebar —->. Oh yes, […]

Walks Thro Coventry

Posted on: January 16th, 2012 by pj

Walks Thro Coventry – Edwin Rainbow Foreword by Paula Jeffery I never met Edwin Rainbow but I knew a man who did. Edwin was the beloved grandfather of my own lovely grandfather, Leonard Rainbow.  Len was 12 years old in 1918 when Edwin died suddenly at the age of 66.   He had been close […]