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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree July 2018 > Twiglets


Diarist Gill Shaw charts the rollercoaster ride of researching her family history


I’ve hunted high, I’ve hunted low. I’ve tried Wrigley, Rigley, Wriggley and even Wigley, but my 4x great-grandmother is stubbornly refusing to put in an appearance on the 1861 Census.

Agnes must be here somewhere. I’ve already found a couple of Manchester rate book entries for 1863/64 showing an ‘Agnas Rigley’ renting a house on Clayton Lane, Droylsden – and I’m sure it’s her as she was living at 6 Clayton Lane on the previous census – but there’s no sign of her on the 1861 at either Findmypast or Ancestry.

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Join us as we celebrate the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and more on your family tree. It's vital to research the female ancestors, otherwise you're only learning half of your family history. This issue we have plenty to help and inspire your research into women's history and so gain a fuller understanding of your family members and their lives in times gone by.