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.

Canal Art Course at Black Country Living Museum

I was sent a press release about an event you might be interested in if you live in the Black Country.

•    British folk art captures boating life •    Course teaches age-old canal art tradition

Black Country Living Museum’s Canal Art for Beginners Course looks set to add colour on Saturday 16 November, [...]

Foster will transcripts

Recently I went to the National Archives in Kew and looked up various wills on the microfilms owned by the Family History Center in Exhibition Road, which is based in Kew while their building is being renovated.

One of the branches of my family tree are Fosters from Darlaston in Staffordshire.  Darlaston seems to have been [...]

Ephraim Hopkins

It has been a while since I updated this blog but I suppose that the ancestors aren’t going anywhere so I might as well take my time documenting them!

Since I wrote my first blog post about William Hopkins I think I have discovered what happened to his brother Ephraim. I searched in the Find [...]

Walsall 100

Since I visited Walsall Local History Centre a few months ago to try and sort out all my Taylors and Fosters (and subsequently Birds) in Walsall and Darlaston, I have been following Walsall Council’s Twitter feed.   A lot of their tweets aren’t really relevant, although they had an interesting 24 hours which they called #Walsall24 [...]

A few Hopkins photos

After he read my blog posts about William and Hannah Hopkins, my brother Dave kindly sent me a few photos that I didn’t know existed.

This one is my great grandmother Minnie Hopkins in the doorway of one of the greengrocers’ shops.  Dave said it was the Market Street, Fenton shop, but I think it might [...]

Hello and welcome....

… to my new genealogy blog.  I decided to use this as a way to connect with other people researching the same ancestors as myself.

I am fairly new to family history but my family tree isn’t.  My aunt started researching our family tree back in the 60s or 70s, and my parents and brother have [...]