What an exciting opportunity for a genealogist and local historian to be given, unfettered access to an archive crammed with a rich variety of documents relating to almost 300 years of life within the town.  Barrow and Cook solicitors, one of the oldest companies in the St Helens had invited me to take a look at their company history for them and it was an offer too good to turn down.

Isn't it lovely when someone lets you know that they appreciate the work you've done for them.  Here's an email I received this week from a recent client. 

Thank you so much for doing all the work for my Mum’s birthday family tree… she was absolutely delighted! It means a lot to her, and I was surprised to find that it means a lot to me too! You brought the history of our family to life, and opened up the past with your lovely narrative and explanations. Lots to talk about, and information that will be passed to generations to come.

 

The Ryelands

It was with some trepidation that I joined the volunteers at Lancashire Archives for my first day.  However, the trepidation was soon dispelled and replaced with an eager anticipation for our Tuesday volunteering days to come around.  Such was the infectious enthusiasm within the group and staff.

 

This year has been a particularly poignant time for me and my husband.  We recently visited France and Belgium to pay homage and remember our 3 great uncles who lost their lives in World War 1. Visiting the many graveyards and memorials brought home the reality of the huge loss of life during those 4 years. It is estimated that over 16 million people died and so many of these were young men.

This weekend saw the commemoration of the start of the First Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago. The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 was a long, arduous and murderous affair fought on the Western Front between July and November.

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