In searching for more information about my ancestors,I find that one of them, a female, was burned at the stake. She, Lady Margaret Oswald, was my 13th Great Grandmother. She followed the Lollard faith, which was considered heretical in the 15th century. She was born in 1448, died on December 12th 1476 in Cambridge England. Death at the stake was not a new form of execution. But it was persistently used in the 15th and 16th centuries. Many many men and women suffered and were executed for their faith in this horrific manner in earlier times
Joan of Arc (credit to Wikipedia)
This is the first of a planned series of blog posts about specific ancestors. The first ancestor I have chosen is Sir Henry Norris, c. 1482-17 May 1536. The cause of death was Decapitation – he was beheaded on Tower Hill, London. He was among those accused of treason and adultery with Anne Boleyn. Most historical authorities argue that the accusations were untrue and part of a plot to get rid of Anne. Henry Norris’ occupation was listed as Groom of the Stool to Henry VIII. He lived and died in turbulent times. He was my 12th Great Grandfather.
Sir Henry Norris (google image)
In tracing my mother’s trip to Europe in 1934 I am learning more about the geography of England in particular. For example yesterday I bloggedabout her stopping in Ormskirk for ginger cookies. I had never heard of Ormskirk before. Today as I was working on my genealogy project – tracing my ancestors – I find that a 13th Great Grandfather was born in Ormskirk. Bingo! Lancashire = not a part of England that I am familiar with.
And as I follow her footsteps I also am reminded of my travels and I can “compare and contrast” as examiners love to design exam questions.
My family tree continues to grow, The ancestor count now stands at 17,332.
Spreadsheet pages – My approx 300 Immigrant Ancestors
Selfie as I neared the end of the exercise of sellotaping and collating the pages of the printout of the spreadsheet.
(for my knitting friends – I am wearing a sweater which I knit many years ago )
Total ancestor count – 17,247
Number of Immigrants to North America – approximately 300
Life in Belgium
Did my ancestors have braided rugs?
Some symbolism here between tree stumps and family trees
I just finished printing a 78 page document that I have been working on for a long time. It still needs some editing/tinkering but I’m basically ready to move on to the next stage. I want to input the information to Excel and then do some sorting into different categories. These are my 300+ immigrant ancestors by name, birth and death dates and location, generation, marriage, arrival date and place, miscellaneous information.
So hot that the only thing to do was to read my book about the life of a Finnish-Swedish immigrant to the Northwest in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. The Legacy of Ida Lillbroanda. Wonderful book!
Is she on the list??
I have listed approximately 350 ancestors (every ancestor I can find) who immigrated to North America. The vast majority came in the Great Migration 1620-1640. Most came to New England – Boston and surrounding area, and New Haven Connecticut. A few came to New York. And a few came to Virginia.
They range from being 6th to 10th Great Grandparents. The vast majority came from England.