I have been meaning to look up my family history for some time. My brother gave me some of the work he had done on our family tree, which has given me a little help.
It’s a little like a chain reaction, and once started its difficult to stop, with more and more links to distant relatives. But what fun it has been.
I have found that my maternal grandmothers family were from the Chelsea area, though they did move around a bit, kensington and Hammersmith. But what I found amazing was that one side of that family were from Bisley in Gloucestershire. And were a part of a large weaving community. It seems that during the 1830’s mechanisation caused mass unemployment, Bisley Village history , and many families migrated from Bisley. Some going as far as Australia… well those that survived the journey. However, my branch of the family ( Handy and Susan Ridler) made it to the Chelsea area in the 1850’s. There they settled and gave rise to a large number of descendants.
Anyway, the pic above is a picture taken at my Mothers 80th birthday, there are 4 generations on display.