Request – WW1

Hi everyone,

I’ve been trying to find time to add more detail about each of the lost servicemen on my website, including all those who are mentioned on the Bwlchgwyn War Memorial. If, by chance, you have also been researching these men, I would love to add the details to my website. Basically this is a free site, I’ve only paid to remove the advertisements, and as far as I know the information will stay online even if I never add anything else to it – hopefully that’s a long, long way off! Similarly, if you have an interest in any of these men, you can contact me and we can share what information we have.


Ffynnon & Cwrw

I’ve noticed some interest in this page over the last few days, so I have retrieved and added the photos that were lost when I transferred the pages over from the old website. If you are researching this area, do get in touch, I would love to hear from you.


Using Newspapers to research female ancestors: Lydia Ernestine Becker Suffragist 1827-1890

Great article for the Archives+ from one of my friend at MLFHS. Nice work!

This year marks the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in British Parliamentary elections for the first time, so I asked one of the library archivists what information they had on the suffragettes. He showed me to a draw with a book and rolls of film. I was expecting to see the name Emmeline Pankhurst but was surprised to see the name Lydia Becker. I must admit I had never heard of her. I decided to research her life and find out how she had contributed to women’s emancipation. A quick search on Ancestry bought up baptism records and a death record for Geneva Switzerland. (British Consulate BMDs).

Lydia Becker photo Photograph of Lydia Becker by kind permission of Oldham Archives

I thought the British Newspaper Archive might have some information about her death. There are 2 ways to access these records: on the British Newspaper Archive…

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