Kollies Genealogy

Living relatives…my Grandma

You’ll hear it whenever you speak to any family historian be it amateur or professional, one of the first thing you need to do is speak to your family, start with the oldest, and work through the other members who you think may add some depth to your research.

I started off by speaking with my Grandma, she’s 86, and has been a massive influence on my life. I wanted to speak with her for a few reasons.

First off, my grandad died when I was 13 and whilst I remember him I will never know the man she loved, how they met, or anything from life before I was born, unless I asked.

Secondly, I wanted to find out about my Grandmas life, growing up as a young girl in Liverpool, during the war, working in the Baby hospital in Woolton, meeting my grandad, my mum & uncle as kids, and just generally to listen to the stories of a time gone by.

Lastly, I really wanted to find out more about my Grandmas parents (I knew them both, but they passed away before I was 10), grandparents and other ancestors who are no longer with us. In particular I wanted to quiz my grandma about the alleged relation JMW Turner (more on this in a separate post).

So I went around one Saturday afternoon, armed with a notebook, and that was it. The time spent with my Grandma was fantastic, she revelled in telling me stories, showing photos, and sharing documents. I got enough information in those few hours to keep me busy for the next few weeks with research and organising.

I followed on from this with interviews of other members of my family e.g. Nan, parents, etc, and will continue to do so. I intend on going back with a voice recorder at some point and asking more specific questions, I’m tempted to do this above anything else due to the enjoyment I get out of it, and how great it would be in 100 years when were all gone, for a descendant to stumble across their GG grandparents voice!

Feel free to comment, or send me a tweet to @kollies about your own family history research.