The Genealogy Obsession

Just a quick note to say that this research is acting like a drug. The more you do it the more you want to do it. Even infinitessimal progress feels like a breakthough. Just confirming a date of birth feels epochal. And adding a new name to the tree is extraordinary — I find myself refreshing the page just to see the list lengthen. Today David Secker has added William Banks Spain’s wife Elizabeth Stubbs. It transpires that William was a bookseller: wondered where I got that impulse.

Alongside and inspired by David’s efforts, I had a lot of success with the Lincolnshire marriage records for St. Swithin’s in Lincoln (at the foot of the hill below the cathedral and now surrounded by tarmac pretty much). Seems like this was the Spain family church, and next time I am fenward-bound a stop off is indicated — you never know.

See? It is an obsession!

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