Genealogist, Julie Goucher was born in Surrey in the south east of England. Julie remained living in her home county until the early 1990s when Julie traveled and spent a year in Australia, a country she fell in love with.
Upon returning to England Julie re-acquainted herself with her home county. Following her wedding in 1994, Julie and her husband relocated to the south west of England, where they still live with their Border Terrier Alfie.
Julie was in her early twenties when she discovered her love for researching her ancestry. At the time, both her maternal grandparents still had siblings and cousins who were alive and most of them were willing to share snippets and information to help me on my way.
By then Julie was already on the professional path to a career in pharmacy. Despite that, her love of history and her ancestry grew and she then made the decision to follow her dreams and undertake a degree in History, which she completed with Honours in 2000. Julie returned to pharmacy management as the profession was about to undergo some serious changes and development and therefore it was not a good time to leave a profession that had always been good to her.
Those changes came and went and Julie was left pondering that perhaps NOW was the time for a life change. To develop her research business and follow her dreams! Julie’s research has not remained within the confines of her own ancestry. In 2002 Julie was one of the leading researchers in the formation of the Anglo Italian Family History Society where she held the role of Vice Chair for four years.
Julie also registered two surnames with the Guild of One Name Studies. Firstly, a link to her Italian heritage is the name of ORLANDO and secondly, the surname of her husband’s Grandmother, WORSHIP. Both Julie remarks are nightmare to search on Google! As if that was not enough Julie is conducting a One Place Study into the rural parish in Surrey England where her part of her maternal family lived from the 1720s. Julie’s biggest hope is that at some point in the future a more centralised Society will form to assist those conducting One Place Studies. Julie is also a member of various Family History, Genealogical and History Societies.
With the majority of her ancestry within the confines of the British Isles, it is hardly surprising that various branches have migrated across the globe. Julie has researched that she has ancestral links in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, and India. Not to mention her Italian ancestry.
One of the biggest loves Julie has is her love of the internet and loves the fact that the world has shrunk to the size of a matchbox because of it. As a way of endorsing the internet, Julie can be found blogging at Anglers Rest, which is the name of her home in the South West of England. Julie is married to a rather enthusiastic angler so Anglers Rest was the perfect name for their home and Julie’s blog. Anglers Rest focuses on predominately anything that interests Julie – antiques, genealogy, books, writing cooking and a variety of other things! although, her passions are reading and genealogy.
Besides all that, Julie is a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits and contributes to their online journal, usually in the International section, although there is some diversification for this year’s schedule. Any photographs she takes of graves and alike can be found at my specific website called Grave Encounters. Julie also contribute to Historical Tapestry a blog that focuses on Historical Fiction.
Julie Goucher is the author of IDG's monthly column, Across the Pond.
Go In-Depth With Julie:
What is one tip you would give a newbie genealogist?
Talk to your family and family friends. Involve them. Ask if they have any photographs? And ask who the individuals are. What can you remember? Jot it down in a book. Did you really have all those Aunts and Uncles or were some simply given the title out of respect? Start from what you know and what you (think) can remember.
What is your most creative way you have shared your ancestor stories?
My preferred way is to share their stories by blogging about them. Over the last few years I have taken part in a non genealogical event called A-Z blogging which commences in April. Last year I devoted the April challenge to my Australian ancestral links. It was great fun and a wonderful way to prompt what information you already have and what you might like to see if you can discover.
What are your feelings about adding non-blood related lines to your research?
We live in a modern world. That world includes marriages that happen and as a result of that marriage families acquire step children, and adopted children and alike. Many of us have strong relationships with people who are not related to us by blood,
but yet have a real influence on who we are and what adults we become. So it seems to me that those people are added to the narrative of our ancestry.
My Grandmother housed 3 evacuees during the Second World War. One of those girls was about 14 at the time and developed a really strong relationship with my Grandmother and after the War my Grandfather. That girl eventually became an adult and grew up and raised her family. She lived about 20 miles from my Grandparents and as children, both my Mum and I called this lady and her husband Aunt and Uncle. They in fact shared no blood, but what we did share across three generations was a really deep friendship that spanned over 60 years. They are appended to my ancestry in the narrative of what my Grandmother did during the war. It is events such as these that define this research as family history.
With adoption, a child takes its place in the family by the design of a (probably) legal document. In the past such agreements did not exist, but were verbal and honoured. In taking their place in the adopted family they take (usually) the adopted family name and relinquish their place in their biological family. If the child was known to have existed recognising an adoption is going to be obvious. In my husband’s close ancestry there are two such adoptions, each caused because of a remarriage.
The same can be said of same sex relationships. Just how do we explain those? Do we want to? I think we need to be accepting not just of what our ancestors did and the choices they made, but the same of our modern family groups. Is it our role to explain them? As family historians our role is to present the facts in terms of names, dates places and then expand on that data – occupations, properties, hobbies to name a few. Each expansion of data built into our trees, not just to include branches, but roots and leaves of a variety of shades and colours. It is not our place to judge, but to simply present the facts as we have discovered.
Complicated? Yes, but welcome to modern family history.
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Julie Goucher is a genealogist and historian who owns Anglers Rest Publications and Services (http://genealogicalcollections.blogspot.co.uk/). Julie writes regularly at her blog Anglers Rest (http://anglersrest.net). Julie writes a monthly column, Across the Pond at The In-Depth Genealogist (www.theindepthgenealogist.com). You can contact Julie via her website (http://anglersrest.net) by leaving a comment or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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