As family historians, we are detectives and all detectives have a kit to take along on the trail as they search.
Patron saints are heavenly advocates for nations or places, occupations and professions or people. Perhaps the most well known is St Christopher, the patron saint of travellers.
I think that it is time for family historians to have a patron saint who they can call upon in times of stress and bewilderment. But who should it be? Who would favour our particular interest?
Regular readers of this website will be aware of the incredible effort we put in to researching the facts concerning our ancestors. Of course, the further back we go, the more difficult it becomes.
Sometimes we draw reasoned conclusions and other times we may advance an hypothesis based on the somewhat limited evidence we have gathered as we’ve travelled through time.
Roger Emptage has gathered together a number of Emptage strands and presents his hypothesis here. Enjoy!
If it is to be done properly, researching family history takes time and effort. What is the point of compromising the results by taking short cuts and replicating errors which are found on other people’s trees?
Those words are inscribed on the RNLI memorial in Poole Dorset.
The memorial contains a list of over 800 lifeboat crew and others who have lost their lives whilst endeavouring to save others at sea, together with the places and dates. The names include two members of the Emptage family.
We normally trace our ancestors by following the names and details on the birth, marriage and death certificates and confirming the details with reference to the censuses and it is generally fairly easy.
Well, it is as long as our ancestors behave normally, appear where you expect them to be, and have normal family relationships. However, if their lives were complicated, the research becomes rather more difficult.