Jude’s Gen – Grave Matters

Over the Easter holidays, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with my aunt and my two children in Wiltshire, whilst my husband was away on a trip. We booked a lovely bed and breakfast for two nights and enjoyed some fun excursions to nearby Lacock and Bath. On our way home…

Romance and New Beginnings

The Malet Arms, Newton Tony (author's own photo) Previously, I have told the story of the extraordinary marriage record of my 3 times grandparents, Thomas Dicks, a cordwainer and the parish clerk of Newton Tony, Wiltshire, and his bride, Caroline Bower, a household servant.  Read the full story here: https://genealogyjude.com/2020/02/01/a-most-extraordinary-marriage-part-1/ Caroline had been born illegitimately…

A Most Extraordinary Marriage

Tracing the parentage of a person born illegitimately is one of the biggest challenges for a family historian.  The name of the father is often a mystery, both then and now.  A child may be unaware of the identity of their father if they were not in their life and perhaps even the mother was…