- When did you first start working on your family history?
In 1972, shortly after marriage.
2. What was your most surprising discovery?
My great – great grandmother’s brother was accused of murder and tried. He was acquitted, but the testimony seemed rather damning to me, and he left for the U.S. shortly after the trial.
3. Have you done a DNA test? Were there any surprises about countries of origins?
Yes. I thought that my percentage of English ancestry would be much higher, given that two of my four grandparents were born there.
4. What is the brick wall you would most like to break down in your family history?
The parentage of my great – great grandfather, Alexander Babcock. I have never been able to determine who they were with any certainty. The fact that the Midland District marriage register is missing is a big part of that brick wall.
5. What is your favourite part of researching your family history?
The excitement of looking into a new resource, and not knowing what I might find there, even if I am not looking at it specifically for my own family. Bits and pieces of information can crop up anywhere!