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Irish Adventure beginnings

Hello there,

I can finally say what I had wished to in my “Blog News Dec 2017” … this was fairly big news & quite a big thing as well as exciting for me.

The news was, my Sister had invited me & Mum over to hers (in Northern Ireland) for Xmas.  (Sis invited us maybe mid to end of October)  This was quite a big thing for me, I had never been on a plane nor had I been to Northern Ireland before.

I somewhat put off even thinking about it for a few weeks, (was just too scary!)  till I could put if off NO LONGER & had to start looking into what it involved etc.

I had no passport (probably wouldn’t get one in time), What else is there instead of a passport?,  How would we get to the airport?,  Would I be able to manage my luggage ok? (I have some mobility issues & it gets painful to walk sometimes) Would something come up that stops me from going & so on.

As the weeks progressed things slowly came together & issues fell (like dominoes) one by one.

The biggest issue was getting Photo ID for myself, my sister send me a link to a site called Citizen’s Card, I had a look to see what you needed to do & get the process going. A few days later my mum come over & we went to the library to print the form & some other bits out.

Then it was a case of finding someone to sign the form & documents I needed to send with the form. Finally got the form posted off, now it was just matter of waiting to see if I got a Citizen’s Card or not.

I was then happy for my sister to go ahead & book the tickets. The weeks turned into days & days in to hours, until it was time to leave!

More of my Irish Adventures in future blogs!

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


My Living DNA results

Hello there,

After 3 (very) long months my Living DNA results came in 7 March 2017. Quite a few surprise’s in the results. Will need to (hopefully) get my parents to do the test, so to compare the results to mine.

Regional results

Living DNA - Regional

Europe 86.8%
– Great Britain and Ireland 70.3%
– Europe (South) 13.4%
– Europe (unassigned) 3%

Asia (South) 11.9%
– Indian subcontinent 6.9%
– Sindhi 5%

Asia (East) 1.3%
– South China 1.3%

Sub Region results

Living DNA - Sub Regions

Great Britain and Ireland 70.3%
– South East England 23.4%
– Central England 18.1%
– Devon 9.6%
– Cumbria 9.1% ….. Approx, Cumbria, Dumfries & Galloway
– South Central England 2.5%
– Cornwall 1.6%

Wales 4.8%
– South Wales Border 2.2%
– South Wales 1.5%
– North Wales 1.1%

Scotland .. (need to look quite closely)
– Orkney 1.1%

Europe (South) 13.4%
– Tuscany 11.1%
– Basque 2.3% … Is actually in France not Spain as on the image (going by google)


Central England
Approx – Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire

South Central England
Approx – Somerset, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire

South East England
Approx – London/Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Essex, Sussex & Hertfordshire


Was VERY surprised in not having any Hampshire or Dorset in the results. Don’t really know why, something to look into.

Not discovered any ancestors from Cumbria, Wales & Scotland so far.

Central England, South Central England & South East England is a mix from both my parents

Guessing Cornwall is one of my paternal 3rd Great Grandmother’s (Charlotte Moyes/Moise) line

Guessing  Tuscany is my paternal Grandmother’s  father’s (Joseph Peter Tognoli) line

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Worldwide Ancestry Regions (Living DNA)

My DNA: Living DNA Results

Living DNA – a new genetic ancestry test

My Living DNA result has arrived

Blog update, Jan 2017

Hello there,

A few really cool things have happened since just before & since Xmas.

– A few days before Xmas, I got a letter (well a sort letter) from the Bridesmaid of my Maternal Grandparents. Which gave me a little more info on my Maternal Grandmother’s Aunts & Uncles.

– Got a nice big Bookcase, which is in my bedroom. This also let me re-arrange my living room. Have re-arranged the living room a few times since!.

– Made contact with a Paternal Cousin (Paternal Grandmother’s side)

– Started a Pharos Course on ONS, which is quite interesting.

– A Maternal Cousin (Maternal Grandmother’s side) made contact with me (though 23&Me, a DNA site)

– Got some really great family history related books over the last few months.

Some of these I really need to blog about & will do eventually.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Carboot Goodies

Hello there,

Car-boot sales are superb places to find awesome books and stuff. I went to my local boot sale twice this week, went on sun (5th June 2016) and again today (8th June 2016). Both times it was really hot and I totally forgot to take WATER with me.

Today I got some really cool books, a shoe box stuffed full of postcards, also a big carrier bag full of old slides (Is at least a few hundred slides I think)

I also got a few plants for my garden (till I get going in planting seeds), I got some Verbenas, Foxgloves, Marigolds and a Sweet William plant.

The postcards & old slides will be interesting to look through. A lot of the postcards have written on & the handful of slides I’ve looked at are a mixture of Boats, Flowers, Buildings & People.

Once I get my slide viewer gadget, I’ll be able to look at the slides much better.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Edit – Here’s My Pinterest where you’ll find my “Books Galore” & “Goodies & Cool stuff” boards, as well as other interesting boards

4th May 2015

Hello there,

Has been quite busy the past few months, as it’s the election period for us in the UK, but in another 2-3 days things will ease off, then its just a matter of wait & see what happens in the weeks ahead.

Anyway was Crista Cowan who gave me the idea for this, blog post (‏@CristaCowan, Checked my family tree. I have 97 women named Charlotte, 1428 named Elizabeth and 37 named Diana. #RandomFamilyHistoryTrivia #RoyalBaby So cheers Crista.

Family History Trivia

How many women called Charlotte, Elizabeth or Diana do you have in YOUR family tree/s

I had a look at tree/s and here is mine

On my Dad’s side, 4 Charlotte, 39 Elizabeth & 0 Diana.
On my Mother’s side, 4 Charlotte, 19 Elizabeth & 0 Diana

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


For those who don’t already know, the Duchess of Cambridge very recently gave birth to a baby girl called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

Blog Downtime

Hello there,

Is going to be light on the blogging this week, doing the “New Year” thing, should be back to more regular posting from Mon 5th Jan 2015

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Historic Events

Hello there,

Todays topic is ‘Historic Events

What things, people, disasters etc do YOU remember, can also be things that have happen in your lifetime.

Things I remember

– Poll Tax Riots (London) .. I only really remember going on demos with my Mother
– Nelson Mandela released
– End of Apartheid in South Africa
– Dolly the Cloned sheep
– Harry Potter Books
– Scottish Parliament

– Iraq War
– Saddam Hussein toppled from power

– Wikileaks
– Occupy movement
– News International phone hacking scandal
– Madeleine McCann (Disappearance of)
– Osama Bin Laden
– Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton


– 9/11 World Trade Centre
– 7/7 London bombings
– Dumblane Shootings
– Lockerbie bombing (Scotland)

Industrial Disasters
– BP Oil Spill
– Fukushima

Natural Disasters
– Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004)
– Hurricane Katrina
– Hurricane Sandy
– Haiti earthquake

– Mad cow
– Bird flu
– Swine flu
– Ebola

– Fred & Rose West
– Harold Shipman
– Ian Huntley, Soham Murders

– Jill Dando
– James Bulger
– Damilola Taylor
– Milly Dowler
– Hannah Foster
– Sarah Payne

People who have died
– Tony Benn
– Nelson Mandela
– Princess Diana
– Queen Mother
– Margaret Thatcher (1st Woman PM in UK)
– Muammar Gaddafi

– Michael Jackson
– Bob Hoskins
– Robin Williams
– Patrick Swayze
– Rik Mayall

This’ll be an add to when I think of more!

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Well hello there,

I though I would blog about the adventures* I have as I explore my family tree.

I got into Family History from watching (or re-watching) the ‘Who do you think you are’ YouTube videos. I’ve not been doing Family History for all that long, only really been doing it for about 6 to 8 months. So I am still very new to this, it’s all rather exciting and very addictive!

Since then, I’ve created an account on Ancestry , got a nice little Family History library, which includes 100s of Magazines ha-ha. Ebay is a great place to find stuff.

I’ve started and re-started my family tree on Ancestry so many times I’ve lost count.

Have signed up to a number of other Family History sites, such as ‘Familysearch’, ‘Find my Past’ the ‘Guild of One-Name Studies’ etc

Also slowly been finding relations I never know I had, as well as uncovering interesting things.

Have occasionally helped people with something they’re stuck on from time to time.  Have also been helping a chap with his family tree, which is good fun.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

PS – When I say ‘adventures’ I pretty much mean online adventures, since I don’t really have the means to properly explore, but I’m sure there’ll still be lots of things and relations to find.

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