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


I’ve a clutch of Ramsbottom residents to untangle this month. In front of me is a list of baptisms and burials of people named Holdsworth that took place at Emmanuel Chapel, Holcombe, during the 19th century. Twelve in total. If I can work out who they all are, it might take me a step closer to proving that the 74-year-old Sarah Holdsworth buried at the chapel in 1822 is my 5x great-grandmother.

Provisionally ticked off the list are the burials of 39-year-old Thomas Holdsworth in 1815, and 44-yearold William in 1825. With any luck, these are two of Sarah’s sons – so, my 5x great-uncles. Their birth years, according to the burial records, were 1776 and 1781, which exactly match my Thomas and William baptisms. For my theory to stand up though, I ought to check there aren’t any other Thomas and William Holdsworths of the right age elsewhere – if there are, that’s probably blown my master plan to smithereens before we’ve even begun.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of Family Tree – we’ve got festive family history treats galore in store for you. Dive into our delicious feast of digitised documents – rare historic collections for you to enjoy browsing and researching on your device. Enjoy some genealogy jollies: a family history crossword, quiz and memories of Christmas traditions from centuries past. And last but not least, this issue sees the launch of the Family Tree Academy – this is your opportunity to hone your family history skills. In part 1, this issue, we’ve got documents for you to decipher, old handwriting for you to transcribe and a research case study for you to pit your wits against. Join in with our learning experience today to become a better family historian!