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Cheshire in England
Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey
Like many people who research their family history, I started off looking for answers. My dad sadly died when I was just 3 years old and growing up I always felt that something was ‘missing’, that a part of me wasn’t complete. As I got older that gap seemed to become a chasm and the missing piece was ‘Dad’. So I began asking questions about him, his life, what he was like and I guess I just never stopped asking questions about my family.
Favorite food or beverage
I am a bit traditional, I like a good old fashioned Roast Beef dinner
Surnames of interest
Chiddicks and all it’s variants, Chiddick, Chitticks, Chittocks Chiddock etc
If you could meet one person from your family tree that died before you were born, who would it be and why?
The oldest brick wall on my tree is with my direct male line 4 x great-grandfather Samuel Chiddicks born around 1761. Now I feel like we have become long lost friends over the last 20 years or so, but I was wondering if you could just give me an idea where you were born? Essex, Norfolk, Ireland? Just a little clue would be helpful.
Genealogy pet peeve
‘Tree Harvesters’, those people that hoover up the contents of everyone else’s tree and end up with trees containing 75,000 people!
Favorite place where you’ve traveled
That’s a tough question as there are so many wonderful places, so many memorable places, but just purely for relaxation Playa Blanca in Lanzarote
From a genealogy/family history research perspective, what would you have done differently?
The temptation when you start to research your family history is to try and go back in time as far as possible, the race is to get back as far as you can, well that’s what I did. I wish now, that I had concentrated on filling out as much information on each generation before I moved back to another generation. Add to this, collecting far too many outlying ancestors that, realistically I wish I hadn’t added to my tree, but of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
What are you currently working on and what’s next?
My current project is to try to trace the lives and write the stories of the 34 firefighters that lost their lives at the Old Palace School Bombing during the Blitz of WW2. I have built a new website dedicated to their memory and this can be found here:
I will also continue my roles at family tree magazine as the editor of the Dear Paul column as well as my weekly duties as a moderator on #AncestryHour.
With regards to new projects, you just never know where family history will take you. This time last year I had no idea that I would be working on the Old Palace School project, so a bit like life itself, I am pretty fluid and go with the flow, you just never know where you might end up!