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Journeys

A Glance Back to the New Year 1947

Every New Year promises change, only in January we cannot know how that year will unfold. 1947 was no exception.  Researching the year my father arrived in the United States, I experienced a fascinating walk through history.  What made looking back particularly captivating was the discovery that, with the benefit of hindsight, one could very … Continue reading »

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Twelve Years a Slave and The last Runaway

The film, Twelve Years a Slave, directed by the artist and Turner prize winner Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, is a powerful portrayal of the kidnap and enslavement of the educated and successful black musician Solomon Northup in 1841. Abducted, and and torn from his family and comfortable life in New York State, he … Continue reading »

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Great grandpa visists the West Indies

In 1889 my great-grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge, moved from Watson, Laidlaw and Co to their associate company Mirrless, Watson and Co and at the same time the company took over Yaryan Co (with the exclusion of that company’s business in USA, Canada and Cuba) and became a limited liability company, Mirrlees, Watson & Yaryan Co … Continue reading »

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(Re)visiting Life- the reason we write family history?

I came across an article recently which had been written earlier this year.  As part of my family history research, I also research economic and political themes to gain a perspective on where some (monetary and political) systems have originated and how they have evolved.  This is important in understanding the context of my family’s … Continue reading »

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Great-grandpa in Belfast.

In May 1879 my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge, left both his job at Messers Hopkinson and Co and his home of Huddersfield to work in Belfast.  In October that year he returned to marry Charlotte Fanny Cook and in December 1880 their first child John Arthur was born, followed in July 1882 by my … Continue reading »

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A long journey

Through the internet, I have been trying to reconstruct the journey made by my great-grandfather, James Harper, and his family in 1888/9 when they left rural Norfolk for Sussex. Their home village of Needham is about 7 miles east of Diss, which is about 20 miles south of Norwich and on the main Great Eastern … Continue reading »

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Great-grandpa’s Huddersfield poem

My great-grandparents families, the Liversedges and Cooks were firmly rooted in the West Riding of Yorkshire, specifically Huddersfield.  Alfred John was born in Huddersfield and although the family moved for a while to Halifax they soon returned.  Charlotte Fanny was born in Fitzwilliam Street Huddersfield and her family lived there for many years although she … Continue reading »

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Arrival to the United States of America – The Next Generation

Nineteen years to the month after my grandfather, Yovcho Tzaneff, arrived to the United States from Bulgaria, my father, Steven Tzaneff, followed in his footsteps and arrived himself.  It was June 14, 1947. As with my previous blog entry, while I had meant to post it on the exact anniversary of my father’s arrival to … Continue reading »

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My ‘lost’ great-grandmother

My maternal grandmother, Kathleen Beatrice Slaughter [nee Harper] never spoke about her early life so we knew nothing of her childhood and family until years after she died. My mother never met her grandparents, though they had lived very near where we were living in the 1960s, in west Surrey. They had lived at Chiddingfold … Continue reading »

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Seaside Interlude

We are staying at the same seaside village on the Isle of Wight where my maternal grandparents lived in the 50s, the setting for my earliest summer memories.They lived in a first floor flat – the upper storey of a large Victorian villa built in the Swiss Alpine style and called The Chalet. The whole … Continue reading »

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