Over my retirement years I have kept busy with genealogical and family history research and with the publication of my findings in a variety of easy access ways in an attempt to shine a light into the lives of long gone generations. Several other time consuming interests have also crept in from time to time and they too are dealt with on this site.
In genealogy my primary focus has, since 2002, been upon the Rudkin and the Whitehouse family names each of which have effectively become 'one name studies' - meaning that anyone or anything connected with those surnames is of interest in the hope that seemingly unconnected trails can be brought together, not only to take particular family lines further back in time but also to broaden knowledge of family structures, skills and achievements through the generations.
Currently, the primary man in the Rudkin study (the maternal side of my family) has been traced to the year 1190 and from him, so far, have stemmed around seven thousand descendants - any Rudkin reading this may well have a relative amongst them - or may themselves be in the database.
There has been rather less success in the quest for knowledge of my paternal side, the Whitehouse's. - with them I have found a particularly difficult labyrinth of West Midland Whitehouse's which is proving to be a formidable obstacle to unravel and currently I am rather haphazardly back only to the late 1600s. I do have several other family names under investigation too in separate quests. You can see much more about each of them by using the drop-down list under the 'Projects' tab on the menu bar above.
Inevitably, while pursuing lines of family descent one also discovers interesting and sometimes quite surprising and intriguing details about our predecessor's lives. Further investigation of these often makes particular family histories quite fascinating to read and can also give quite interesting cause for thought about the skills, the looks, the behavioural traits etc of current family members.
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My pastimes have not only been confined to genealogical and family history matters. I have also been invited to apply my researches to discover much more about one of England's ancient and eminent sports clubs, the leading nomadic cricket club 'The Stoics'. I was also inspired to assist with a history of the ill-fated 'Empress of Britain' liner, one of the world's first true luxury liners. It was launched in 1932 and it's fascinating history reveals that, after numerous exceptionally opulent cruises with glamorous passenger lists, it was destroyed by the Germans in two separate attacks off the north west coast of Ireland in October 1940 early in World War Two.
To find out more about these, about each of the genealogical projects - and also about my other pastimes, explore the 'Project' and 'More' drop-down tabs above. . . . . .
For a humorous, but educational, look at relationships in genealogy (and more) see this video link