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.

The error of our ways

Posted on: October 5th, 2011 by pj

I’ve only just started using Family Tree Maker.  I think I may have used it for a while years ago but quickly moved on to other software.  Recently I bought the app for my iMac and overall the program is not bad.  However, there is one feature that I love and which horrifies me in […]

October 1841

Posted on: October 1st, 2011 by pj

170 years ago this month Jabez Rainbow lost it. He had taken a room at The Boot public house in St. Albans, Herts, England for a night with his girlfriend, Jane Pearce.   Jabez was a soldier and stationed in the town working as part of a recruitment team.  He was billeted at another pub […]