Tag Archives: Genealogy

About Henry Day

Henry has an anchor on his left forearm; a blue mark (a man’s head?); and the letters, H.D. I’m full of cold, head-cold, with that accompanying slight delirium that feels like junior school. At the start of Wednesday I know about … Continue reading

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Back to the Old House, Slightly

Last Thursday night on the way home from Leeds I took a detour of sorts that cut out a first stretch of the M1 and took me back up and around by the first house I owned. Miners’ houses, two-up-two-downs, … Continue reading

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Sam and Walter

Here’s Sam and Walter Mitchell. In 1888, as newly-orphaned brothers in Leeds they were separated by church and workhouse, with an 8-year-old Walter sent to Ontario as was the way back then. I’m the great-grandson of Sam, and tomorrow, 125 … Continue reading

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Singularly Concentrated ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 14

Inspired more-so by our sister… © Steve Mitchell, Fisher Lane, 2013

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Blissfully Simple ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 13

Lucky 13, to have such notions! This week’s trifle is party-themed – or day dreams of parties, at least – of building bouncy castles in the air. Oh, what a family do it would be! Happy Pam, therefore, to be … Continue reading

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Notes upon Relative Grimness

This week saw the release of the 12th cartoon in my series hung loosely about, in timing terms at least, the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ programmes. Grand puffery to say ‘saw the release’, I know, but in … Continue reading

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Mystically Windswept ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 12

Here’s this week’s palely-washed tableau from the ancestry factory. There are copious notes to come (very soon, if I stick to today’s list) on the strange genre that is this illustrational hooplah. Inconveniently, this one, fizzing as it is with … Continue reading

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Stylishly Weary ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 11

Late posting, week-wise, which seems appropriate given the theme. A key part of any and all ancestral truffle-hunting – mine so much so – is the reliance on others to come good – to be on the same page – … Continue reading

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Stylishly Lonesome ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 10

This week’s morsel tasted at an all-night garage. ‘Think about what reaction you expect from this series,’ said my wife. ‘However personally-felt the inputs are, the output is one of people not caring; people not listening, or thinking the ancestry-chaser … Continue reading

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Darkly Oppressive ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 9

Latest outing. With the forging of links in genealogical chains come the sparks and white-hot flames of risk and responsibility – a blacksmithing metaphor that feels decidedly off-beam and irrelevant here, and for which I apologise… with the hammer of … Continue reading

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