My family history research first started many years ago as a school project. Back then I used information from relatives to build a tree that went back two or three generations. My interest then subsided, until I came across a copy of a Will dated 1875 from one of my ancestors, whilst clearing my late parent's house...
Charles Hart Anstey was a Miller in the small hamlet of Organford between Blandford Forum and Poole in Dorset. He bequeathed his entire estate to his wife, Edna Amelia, and the Will was witnessed by Francis J Tarr and Sarah Amelia Tarr both from Keynsham near Bristol. So who were Francis and Sarah? And why had two people, presumably married, from Bristol witnessed the Will of a miller in Dorset? Who were Edna Amelia's parents? These and many other questions went through my mind, and so my quest to find out more about my ancestors was restarted. As well as researching my Anstey line, I have also researched the lines of my other great-grandparents:
My information has come from many and varied sources. I have received a lot of help and encouragement from family members, and have even made contact with a distant relative who I never knew existed until recently. However, the majority of my data has come from official records, particularly census returns and birth, marriage, and death certificates. I have also visited the Newspaper Archives at Colindale, and The National Archives at Kew, both in London. County Record Offices have a wealth of information of use to family historians, but as yet I haven't been able to spend much time there.
My research is ongoing and I've still got lots of questions to be answered, and a few mysteries to solve. I am maintaining my data in GEDCOM format using Family Historian from Calico Pie. If you are interested in sharing information, or you have additional material that may help my research, then Mail me. Any feedback on this site would also be appreciated.