Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Where Are You Granny?

 Tracing the family.
Where I come from.

I have been interested in my family ancestry for as long as I can remember.
When I was in my 20's I started the physical work of tracing who's who in my tree.
Not an easy job.
Especially those in the family tree who do not want to be found.

My great-grandmother.  Rose Payne.
My grandfather's mother.
My grandfather was born in Bristol, England, according to his birth certificate.
He was born out of wedlock.  Something that just wasn't done in the late 1800's.
The father is not listed on his birth certificate.
After this birth certificate was registered.....Rose Payne just disappeared.

For years I have tracked Census records, church records and any records I can get my hands on.
Not an easy task to do while living in Canada.

Three years ago I seriously consider living in England to do this homework.
I am entitled to apply for a six year Heritage Visa.
 I am a direct descendant from someone who lived or lives in England - my grandfather.
When I was last in England I noticed that a lot of Payne's came from the York district.
While Grandfather was born in Bristol, did his mother travel down from Yorkshire?
If so then why?  
So many questions, so little answers.

So three years ago, I started.
I got all the necessary forms I need to apply for my Visa.

I knew that I was not going to make any move until my son graduated from high school.
He graduates this year.  This June.

A year ago we returned from living out west for a year.
I am just started to get back into the grove of living back at home.
The thought of living away from home again so soon, just does not appeal to me.

 However it might be a consideration in two years time.

In the meantime, I have hired out an Genealogy specialist to start finding my Great-grandmother Rose.

Where are you Granny?

Keep your fingers crossed for me!




  1. Oh I hope you find her!!!! THis is so interesting. Goodness what a rough time to be an unwed mother. The shame must have been too much for her to bear maybe that is why she left York? This is all so fasinating I hope you keep us posted. It's a cool adventure!
    Blessings, Joanne

  2. I too enjoy family history and have done a lot of work. I love challenges like these, when you eventually start finding answers it is a great feeling.

  3. I do research all the time for people Diane. Just so you know out of wedlock babies were very common. Always have been. Lots of kids were raised by their grandparents or aunts/uncles all the time thinking that they were actually their parents. They thought their actual mother was a sister not their mother. Let me know if I can help at all.

  4. You'll have such fun with this, but be warned....it's addictive!

  5. I would love to one day trace my family history. I wish you luck in finding your Great-Grandmother's history!!

  6. I hope you do find the missing pieces to the story of your great grandmother. We are trying to find out information on my Grandfather who has some very miss leading information on his birth cert..
    Your tea cups are lovely!!!
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  7. Diane, I hope you find you grandmother!
    My ancestors come from England too as well as Germany, Scotland, and Ireland.
    My hubby and I both enjoy geneology. Our youngest son is also very much into it.
    Lovely teacups! Hope you're enjoying this first day of May.


  8. Good luck Diane. I got interested in my ancestry as a child when I found out that my grandfather was a Barnardo child sent to Canada from Yorkshire. I wrote and got all the information from Barnardo Homes. Later on my sister caught the bug. She has tracked down my mother's family several generations back in Ireland and has done a lot of work on my grandfather's family in England now. She's retired now so has so much more time to spend researching. I hope you get your answers. J

  9. My fingers are crossed! I have faith that the specialist will lead you to your Great-Granny.
    Love your pictures!