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Elaine Jackson on Twitter
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Ancestors Reunited


Surrey, England

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

First began researching my family history after a paternal uncle passed away in 2002, and I found a hoard of photos in my grandma’s wardrobe. Didn’t get far due to lack of funds/time, then a few years later a Heir Hunter company wrote to deceased uncle regarding a deceased cousin we knew nothing about, so I needed to explain circumstances & prove my connection by researching the family. Got hooked!

Favorite food or beverage

Tea! (I’m a Thomson by birth and the Tommos love tea…!

Surnames of interest

Thomson, Newman.Allingham, Breadmore…. Jackson, Seabourne, Thain, Timson… many more but not sure how many I should list here!! 

If you could meet one person from your family tree that died before you were born, who would it be and why?

I think it would have to be my great-grandma Lousia Freeman, who married Scots Farm Balliff John Thomson, they moved all over Scotland & the borders with his work, and all of her 6 children were born somewhere different! He was also 24 years older. Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Northumberland, Hamphire… she lived to be 96. I have a few photos of her, amazing woman. 

Genealogy pet peeve

Finding DNA matches who haven’t made or linked a tree or logged into ANcestry for over a year… *weeps* 

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

Ireland (so relaxed) and Scotland (awesome scenery & of course family roots)

From a genealogy/family history research perspective, what would you have done differently?

Organised my files right from the word go, so I don’t end up ordering a certificate twice by accident! 

What are you currently working on and what’s next?

 I am working on my husband’s grandfather’s family history in preparation for a trip he and our son want to make to Ware, Hertfordshire this year – want to prepare a list of places for them to visit. After that – filling in the gaps, as always! Need to tack down a possible link to the Isle of Man, and find out more about my 3 x great grandad from Scotland. With a name like John Thomson that will NOT be easy! 

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