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The purpose of my Blog, which I have just recently started, is to keep the new information up front as one-off articles for the interested reader of the families’ history referred to in the main sections of this site.  Although in the instance of the STOCKDEN Family History, there are so few people of that name, news of them can be extremely sparse. Many family history researchers limit publishing recent family information to a hundred years past as the Census records do.   But what does come can also be presented in my Blog followed by an update to the main section later.

This Home page only shows my most recent Blog posts.  You can access my full Blog via the main menu bar or by bookmarking http://www.rayner-stockden.co.uk/blog/. Provision is there for any feedback you may care to give or widen the interest of any subject that may come up and feel free to add any comments of your own.  I shall try to post something at least once, hopefully twice a month, so please make a note of where to find me and make a regular visit.

For that reason, much of my Blog will probably cover interest in Family History searches, of problems encountered and any personal activity that may be of interest.

These are my most recently added posts:-

  • 30-Apr-2021 : More thoughts on Family History
    More thoughts on Family History.  When I began researching my wife’s family history it seemed like a good idea at the time.  We found less than two hundred and fifty names living around the world.   I had completed the immediate family line within three weeks of starting a search.  Although my wife’s line was now Welsh, ...
  • 20-Mar-2021 : What to do during ‘Lockdown’
    Making a change: Lockdown !!  Lockdown !!!  LOCKDOWN !!!! Hopefully we are nearing the end of our third lockdown of this Corona-virus epidemic.   Anyone remember the smallpox and polio vaccinations carried out for the same purpose –  to save your life from those ghastly diseases – as today’s vaccinations should?  Those vaccinations took place nearly sixty ...
  • 17-Feb-2021 : More on the Halstead RAYNERs Family History
    1810 Will of Robert RAYNER (1735-1813) I am still on a Family History line here with the last of the Wills of which I have a copy of and can write about. This Will is by Robert RAYNER (1735/6–1813) written on the 21 Jul 1810.   He had been widowed twice.  This creates a little mystery.  ...
  • 20-Jan-2021 : More on Old Family History Pt 3
    Notes on the Will of Rebecca RAYNER (1829-1800) Rebecca was the widow of Joseph RAYNER (1727-1787) and after his death remained on at the farm and did not remarry.   She wrote her Will on the 18 September 1792 and added a codicil on the 20 December 1798.   When her Will was proven she had apparently died ...
  • 30-Dec-2020 : More on Old Family History Pt 2
    Last Will and Blog write-up of 2020 Here is my third deciphered RAYNER Will of five available from years ago.   I decided that I could only work on what I hold at the moment so it is taking the easier route and find the older material later.  As I have mentioned before it appears that most ...

This site now has a large selection of information in PDF format and images from my research into the Stockden, Rayner, Diss and Spurgeon family names.

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