Welcome to the Quandary Genealogy blog. A place for occasional articles about genealogy and family history.
I am extremely lucky that my mother’s family were interested in their origins, and my grandmother’s aunts had recorded what they knew. This gave me a great start when deciding to research my family history.
When I did so I was also very glad that, as a teenager, I had asked my father about his family and the names of his more than fifty cousins. By the time I came to do my research he was no longer able to remember them.
It is by no means impossible to research your family without being given such a head start, but it does help!
The picture above shows my great aunt Phoebe in her mother’s pony cart, out demonstrating for women’s suffrage before the First World War, with the full approval of her mother.