Jenny Joyce

Did Your Ancestors Come With the Conqueror 1

In the same way that many Americans would like to think that their ancestors came over on the Mayflower, many English people claim that their ancestors came over with William the Conqueror. And just as many of the Mayflower claims don’t stand up to scrutiny, neither do the claims of arrival in England in time to fight at the Battle […]

The Importance of Wills 2

Wills are an incredibly valuable, but often overlooked, source of genealogical information. People often think that their ancestors were not well-off enough to have left a will, and therefore don’t look to see if there was one. But sometimes the poorest people are the most concerned about what will happen to their few possessions, and richer people might have their […]