WARNING: FAMILY TREE MAY CONTAIN NUTS, I thought I'd post about my researching my family tree.
Something I'd thought about for a lot of years, it was my late Nana's insistence that we were related to the Rowntree family that finally decided me. That, and the very first episode of Who Do you Think You Are - A BBC tv programme in which 'celebrities' trace their family trees.
Now as lots of you are aware I love (with a capital 'l') my chocolate. So much so that people have been known to joke that it is chocolate that runs through my veins, that when I cut myself I bleed pure chocolate - imagine then how excited I was to think that Nana could be right and I might indeed be related to JOSEPH ROWNTREE, founder of the chocolate dynasty.
To cut a long story short and not to keep you all in suspense, research showed that I wasn't related to Joseph Rowntree but ..........
I was related to a family of Rontree's who, believe it or not, were confectioners. Living in York at the back end of the 18th century, the lady of the house was one of many COTTAGE INDUSTRY workers who, in order to 'make ends meet', worked from home as a subcontractor, producing confectionery.
An easy mistake to make, I can see how over the years Rontree became Rowntree. I'm just so glad that Nana wasn't completely wrong.
So did I learn anything else?
Yes, I learnt that a lot of my ancestors actually came from Norfolk. Finding it difficult to cope with the onset of the INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION many travelled to the north east of England looking for work in the factories and the coal mining and shipping industries.
Most strange of all though, it turns out that some settled not far from Husband dearest's long-dead relatives, working in the same coal mines. To think that our relatives worked and lived side by side really excites me and I sometimes joke that if I go any further back we will find that we are actually related.
Have you tried to research your family tree? Did you discover you were related to anyone with an exciting story to tell.