Genealogists quickly learn a love of graveyards and monuments as a wealth of biographic information, a unique personal link to the past, set in stone. Possibly the oldest surviving headstone in my own family tree, is that of my 8x great grandparents, James Innes and Elspet Gordon, located in Dipple Churchyard, Scotland. It lay buried and forgotten under three foot of turf until discovered by the Moray Burial Ground Research Group in the early 2000s, as part of a project to un
My late grandmother Jean Bellenger, shown above in 1945 at the age of eighteen, was a keen painter who sold and exhibited her work at local art festivals. She descends from the Hilliard family of London and for many years I have been intrigued by the possible link to Tudor artist and master craftsman Nicholas Hilliard. Born in Exeter, Devon, in 1547, the son of a provincial goldsmith, Nicholas trained as a jeweller, and started painting miniatures at thirteen, after careful s
Sandwiched between two rival Beigel shops, a legacy of 19th century Jewish settlement in East London, lies the Georgian façade of 157 Brick Lane. Since 1987 a succession of hip coffee and donut shops, it still bears the sign of it's previous life as the Jolly Butchers Public House, though its initial incarnation was as the Turkish Slave Pub which operated there for more than a century, from 1752 to 1875. The original owner, my relative Timothy Le Beau, was a grandson of Frenc
What do these two men have in common besides a name? Perhaps the most explosive new discovery of my book INSIDE THE BEATLES FAMILY TREE is John Lennon's royal roots. The book shows how he is a direct descendant of King John over 28 generations, making King John his 26×great grandfather.
John's reign was one of the most eventful in English history with the signing of the Magna Carta, and he is familiar to most as the tyrant King of the Robin Hood legend.
JOHN Lennon's little-known family connection to Wales is revealed and fully detailed in my newly published book, Inside the Beatles Family Tree. The book details Lennon's Welsh roots through his Victorian ancestors, John Millward, a solicitor’s clerk, of St Asaph, Flintshire, and Mary Elizabeth Morris, a farmer’s daughter, of Berth y Glyd, Llysfaen. Their daughter, Annie Millward, married merchant seaman George Stanley, in November 1906 in Liverpool, and the couple had five d
Seven years after Edward Clarke’s death, yet more of my ancestors are recorded living in Spitalfields, and again at Corbett’s Court. James Jones and Ann Maria Ivy, silk weavers, my 5x great grandparents, gave birth to a daughter there, Caroline Abigail Jones, in 1820. Caroline Abigail Martin, my 3x-great grandmother, was later named for this particular maternal aunt. Her father Thomas Martin (1831-1893) also links to Corbett’s Court, through his 3x great-grandfather, Pierre
I am pleased to announce Paths of Freedom - The Bob Marley Family Tree, [ISBN 978-1-9999683-4-2] my latest book, is now In Print and Available to Purchase. This is a limited edition work, all profits to charity, published by AR Heritage Publishing, on 11th May 2018, to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the passing of one of the most extraordinarily influential cultural icons of the late 20th century, Reggae Legend and Music Superstar, the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, OM, (194
Since it's inception, in the year 2000, Commercial DNA testing, for genealogical purposes, has become increasingly common and ever more affordable for the average Family History researcher. For many who partake the primary concern is to identify hitherto unknown close kin, second, third, fourth cousins, to extend existing research through the comparison and mutually beneficial exchange of data. Others are more interested in identifying their recent genetic past, and the insig
Welcome to the new blog section of my website, where I will post regular news and developments on my upcoming books and projects, and on various different subjects of interest, genealogy and otherwise. As tomorrow is Royal Wedding day where better to start than an examination of the family ties, ancestry and genealogy of the soon to be newlywed couple. Prince Harry’s direct paternal line is well documented, tracing back twenty seven generations, to Elimar (1040-1112) first