At Old Roots you will find genealogy help and advice, along with some of my own family history from Lancashire, North Wales & Ireland.

  • McAndrew (Sligo)
  • Martin (Ireland)
  • Dunn (possibly Louth)
  • Higginson (Lancashire)
  • Settle (Lancashire)
  • Williams (Angelesey)
  • Marshall (Essex)
  • Jarrett (Garrard) (North Wales)

Latest Blog Entries

1921 Census Release Date Announced

The UK National Archives has announced that the 1921 Census will be released on Find My Past on 6 January …

Ireland’s Lost Records

Many of Ireland’s historic records were destroyed by a fire in 1922. Now a project is hoping to bring many …

1921 Census

The 1921 census for England and Wales and the Scottish 1921 census are due to be released in 2022. Here’s …

Dad’s Family Dilemma

When DNA solves a family mystery and confirms family rumours, that’s great. But what do you do with that information? …

Family Surnames & Places

When I started to become interested in my family tree, I spoke to family members and was assured that my …

Winter Hill Mass Trespass

My grandad told me many times that his father and uncle where at the mass trespass at Winter Hill near …

Lancashire Genealogy & Social History Resources

A large proportion on my maternal family came from the historic county of Lancashire. Over the years of research I’ve …

Unreliable Documents

When researching a family member, we rely on primary and secondary sources of information. Primary sources, such as marriage certificates, …

National Archive Free Access To Digital Records

The National Archives site at Kew is currently closed because of the Covid-19 restrictions in the UK. In response to …

1939 Register On Ancestry

The 1939 Register recently became available on Ancestry. Whilst this is great news for subscribers who don’t have a Find …

Transcription & Original Errors

We all make mistakes, transcribers and the original form writers (whether they be parish clerks or census enumerators) included. As …

Vanished Streets Of Bolton

While researching my family history, I found that some of the streets people had lived on in Bolton no longer …

About Me

I’m Sharon. I’m from Lancashire in the North West of England, currently living in Cumbria.

I’ve been interested in my family history since I was a teenager and have been actively researching for over 25 years.

Before I started my own research, and from what I’d been told by family members, my maternal family came from Ireland and my paternal family from Wales. Of course it turned out to be more complicated than that, and our ancestors were far more English than anyone thought.

My family names are McAndrew (from Bolton, originally from Sligo), Higginson (from East & North Lancashire), Williams (from Holyhead), Marshall (supposedly from Essex, but this is a big brick wall), Martin (from Down and Antrim) and Dunn (possibly from Louth – another brick wall).

There are many more names from many more places. And, thanks to DNA, a family mystery was solved and a whole new branch of the family opened up.

My grandmother and her friends enjoying Whit Sunday in 1938. I wonder what happened to them all when war broke out the following year?

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