Welcome to Liz’s family history blog!

Hello! My name's Liz Plummer and I have a textile arts blog over at Dreaming Spirals. I have recently got into family history research and so I decided to start a blog about it, talking about my discoveries and journey along the way. Feel free to leave a comment, especially if you are also researching any of the same surnames.

Most of my ancestors lived in Staffordshire and the West Midlands in the UK; a few wandered over from Cheshire and perhaps Shropshire. The main surnames I'm researching are: Docksey, Meredith, Hopkins, Simpson, Cooke, Swetmore, Lunn, Cooper. I'll put a full list further down the sidebar.

Genealogy research using your smartphone

James Tanner of Familysearch has written a very informative and interesting article on fully utilizing your smartphone to do genealogy research. For a bit of effort to get to know how the various functions on your phone work, you don’t need to carry piles of paper around if you have a smartphone. I [...]

Hannah Barlow 1839-1923

To get back to the family profiles, I will now take William’s wife, Hannah, and her immediate family.

Hannah Barlow was born on 16th September 1839 in Fenton, Staffordshire.  She was baptised on 6th October 1839 in Fenton, possibly in the parish church of Christchurch as it was erected in 1839 according to Genuki.  She was [...]

Google Street-View for Genealogy

Google Street View came out for Britain a year or two ago and I had great fun looking up various ancestors’ streets.

I spent a happy few evenings virtually walking round Stoke on Trent, where I grew up, and finding the streets (and possibly the actual houses) various ancestors lived in, with the help of [...]

William Hopkins part 2

It is at this point, between 1861 and 1871, that we enter the realm of speculation and family stories…

The family story is that William went to America to build a better life for himself and his family (the pottery industry being in a slump at this time), but came back because he missed the children.  [...]

Museum of London Ipod App

The Museum of London has got a free app for Iphones, etc. You can read about it here.

It has a map of London where you can click on different locations to see photos of how they looked in the past and read about them, and if you have an Iphone you can [...]

William Hopkins 1832 - 1891

I have been giving some thought to how I want to structure this blog, and I’ve decided for the moment to feature various ancestors – tell their stories – in individual posts.  I have a family tree on Ancestry so if you are reading this and think we have a common ancestor, do leave a [...]