Kollies Genealogy

Here is a short video about my Grandad Percy

Maternal line

Below is a list of my maternal ancestors aka my mum, her mum, and so on.

Keith Ronald Hollingsworth
B. 1981

Wendy Rose
B. 1956

Mona Everitt
B. 1925

Annie Pover
B. 1897
D. 1989

Eleanor Cooke
B. 1871
D. Unknown

Emma Turner (unproven)
B. 1837
D. 1878

Ann Turner (unproven)
B. 1817
D. Unknown

Anniversary: Richard Hollingsworth’s passing

This Thursday, February 23, marks the 51st anniversary of Richard’s passing. You can share a memory, upload a photo or write a personal message on Richard’s memory page:

Anniversary: Percy and Mona Rose

This Thursday, February 23, marks the 60th anniversary of my grandparents marriage. Sadly, Percy passed away in 1995.

You can share a memory, upload a photo or write a personal message on their individual memory pages if you’d like:

Percy: http://1000memories.com/percy-rose-289743
Mona: http://1000memories.com/mona-rose-030225


My paternal line

Keith Ronald Hollingsworth
B. 1981

Keith Hollingsworth
B. 1958

Ronald Hollingsworth
B. 1932
D. 1973

Richard Hughson Hollingsworth
B. 1891
D. 1961

Thomas William Hollingsworth
B. 1859
D. 1921

Thomas Hollingsworth
B. Unknown
D. Unknown

Help needed: Gladys Rosa Lillian GRAY


I know the below about my Great Grandmother, however am at a complete stumbling block when it comes to her parents, any help in identifying one or the other would be appreciated:

Name: Gladys Rosa Lillian GRAY
Birth: 6th July 1905; Holbeach, Lincolnshire
Marriage 1: December 1924; Holbeach, Lincolnshire; to Leonard Osborne
Marriage 2: 4th May 1963; Liverpool, Merseyside; to John Howey
Death: 19th September 1979; Liverpool, Merseyside

Gladys HOWEY

I have no reference to Glady Gray in the 1911 census, however on the 2nd marriage certificate it does show her fathers name as Robert GRAY (farm worker), deceased.

If you can help me locate & point my in the right direction it would be very much appreciated.



10 things I can’t wait to do with my son

As you may or may not know I’m going to be a father soon, so I’ve decided to put a list together of 10 things I can’t wait to do with my son:

• Take him to see Liverpool at Anfield, experiencing the Kop first hand

• help to teach him the basics of life, the 3 r’s…reading, writing, and arithmetic

• laugh until tears roll down our cheeks

• talk with him (doesn’t matter what the subject is)

• play football with him, his grandads, uncle, and anybody else who wants to join in

• take him the pub at 18 and buy him his first pint

• have ‘the talk’

• share my musical tastes with him, everybody needs a bit of the man in black in their life

• take him to Disney world in Florida

• hold him in my arms

There’s loads more things that I can’t wait to experience with him, but the list had to be limited to 10, however I’ll leave you with a bonus one.

• Most of all, I just can’t wait to see him.

The 16 year old man of the house!

At the age of 16, my father was the man of the house having lost his own father (aka my Grandad, Ronnie Hollingsworth). He wanted to provide the best he could for him and my nan, and wanted to move to the up and coming area away from Toxteth, and outside of Merseyside altogether…Runcorn.

Runcorn was expanding rapidly in the early 70’s, with jobs available, and more importantly new housing springing up everywhere. The only problem was to get a house in Runcorn you had to have been working there for at least a year.

So my dad got himself a job, he was still living in Toxteth and commuting via bus and train everyday, getting up at 5am and returning home sometimes as late as midnight…for a whole year!

After 12 months the application was a success, and my dad with his mum moved to make a new start in Runcorn, without this bravery and commitment to a better life, my dad wouldn’t have met my mum, and I wouldn’t be here.

This is one of (the many) favourite stories I have about my father.

Help needed, John Howey

I was hoping you could assist me in finding out more information about my Great Grandfather, John Joseph Howey, and his Canadian life.

Here is what I know about him so far:

Name: John Joseph Howey
DOB: 28/05/1898
Baptism: 28/05/1898
Immigration: 26/05/1911
From: Liverpool, England, UK
To: Quebec, Canada
Vessel: SS Corsican
Other: Listed as one of a ‘Party of Boys’
Link to immagration

1911 Canadian Census

Army Name: HOWEY, JOHN
Regimental number(s): 1036012
Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4558 - 34
Date of Birth: 28/05/1898
Battalion: 238th In particular

I am looking for any information leading up to him being sent to Canada, or between the years of going to Canada and joining the army. If you can help id be very grateful, if not, thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

Hollingsworth Family History…Facebook page

In an attempt to open more communication channels with potential relatives of my ancestors, I have setup a page on Facebook (the worlds largest social network).

You may ask why I have a website, twitter account, and now a Facebook page? The reason is simple…exposure.  I feel that in today’s environment of ‘online all the time’, its important that I’m accessible to anyone who may be interested in collaborating, sharing stories, catching up, or getting in touch.  I mean, who am I to say that if you want to get hold of me you must be on Twitter, that would very narrow minded of me. So, I’m hoping any relatives both known and unknown (at present) will get in touch via one of these sites.
If you know anyone who is researching similar surnames to mine please point them in my direction, you never know we could be related.
Of course you could always just email me: Keith@hollingsworthfamilyhistory.co.uk
Am I related to JMW Turner?

According to the stories I’ve been told throughout my life, I am a direct descendant of JMW Turner (he’s supposedly my GGGGG Grandfather).  However, the children he had that would make me be related to him were illegitimate, and never took his surname.

Are there any JMW Turner experts out there who may be able to help?  If there is please get in touch, I want to prove/disprove this theory once and for all.

Here is my family line up to where I believe JMW Turner would join:

Me - My mother - My Grandma - Annie Pover - Eleanor Cooke - Emma Turner - William Turner - JMW Turner

Please prove or disprove my theory, I have very little evidence except stories passed down through the generations

Wordless Wednesday: Grandad, and his parents

Wordless Wednesday: Grandad, and his parents

10 signs you’re addicted to genealogy
  • You ask for a certificate as a Birthday/Christmas present.
  • The local librarian knows you on first name terms.
  • Friends and family members eyes glaze over when you start to talk about your cousin two times removed…again!
  • A vacation is centred around a place you wanted to visit for research purposes.
  • The groundsman at your local cemetery knows you on first name terms.
  • The first thing you think of when you wake up is a recent discovery/research project relating to your family history.
  • You research on your smartphone/tablet/laptop at night whilst ‘watching’ TV.
  • People no longer ask “What are you up to this weekend?” because they know the answer will involve a records office/cemetery/distant relatives.
  • You budget part of your monthly wage to buying new certificates…every month!
  • It took you twice as long as it should have to read this because you were distracted by a new potential lead on that ‘brickwall’ you thought you had.

How many of these are true for you? Let me know in the comments section below.
Relationship chart

I found this image whilst browsing the help section of www.GenesReunited.co.uk a while ago, I thought it was the perfect way of showing how I am related to other relatives.  Of course, when I’m speaking to non-family history researchers I’ll probably still use ‘distant cousin’ or something similar for ease of explanation.

What do you think? How do you tell others about the relationship between you and a ‘distant’ relative?

Let me know in the comments box below.