This weeks's prompt for #52ancestors in 52 weeks is TRAGEDY. Immediately I think of my father's death. He died in a terrible accident nearly three years ago, but I can't bring myself to write about it just yet. I can only say that tragic events such as a sudden death can change your outlook on... Continue Reading →

Remembering my ‘Parpie’

I just signed up for the #52ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge today! For those that don’t know, It’s a writing challenge run by Amy Johnson Crow to help prompt genealogy lovers into writing something each week, to get the old brain going. The prompt this week is – COMEDY. The first person who came into... Continue Reading →


The following story is my imagining of how my 2nd Great Grandfather William Henry Archer (1841-1920) may have proposed to his second wife, Catherine Carmichael Grayson (1873-1968). He was 61 and she was 30 when they married in 1902, so quite an age gap there! (Although Catherine scribbled over the number 30 and wrote 26... Continue Reading →

The mystery girl

For years I wondered who the girl on the right hand side of this photo was. There sits my great great Grandfather William Henry Archer (1841-1920), his wife standing is Catherine Carmichael Grayson (1873-1968) and their little son whom they affectionately called ‘Bon’, also called William Henry Archer (1903-1966). I recently discovered the girl seated on... Continue Reading →

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