If there’s been less activity on this blog recently, it’s not because I’ve given up on my family history research: far from it. But I thought it was about time I put what I’ve found out into some kind of coherent, chronological form. So I’ve been busy collating information from this site, and from my various family trees at Ancestry and elsewhere, and trying to turn them into something like continuous prose.

I’ve begun with the Robbs – my father’s family – beginning from our earliest records in 18th century Auchterless, Aberdeenshire, and following them down to Yorkshire, then central London, before they moved eastwards to Mile End and East Ham. I’ve decided to include only information that I’m pretty sure of, and to leave out some of my more speculative leaps. Of course, all history is provisional, and I’m expecting to have to review and revise the document as new facts emerge.

Once I’ve got the story of the Robbs into some kind of shape, I’ll move on to the Roes, the most documented strand of my mother’s family, probably starting with Eliza Holdsworth and Daniel Roe in the early 19th century, but perhaps with a glance back at the earlier history of the Holdsworths and the Blanches – again, because it’s relatively well sourced.

I will, of course, acknowledge the work of my fellow family historians in anything I write. The next stage will be to find an online home for these narratives – which will probably mean setting up a dedicated website (or two). I’d also be happy to email copies of these provisional histories (or sections from them) to anyone who’s interested.

Watch this space for updates.

By the way, I was astonished – and gratified – to see from my stats that this blog is regularly attracting up to 60 hits a day. If you do visit, and find something useful, or something you think is inaccurate, please leave a comment. It’s always good to link up with others researching in similar areas – and of course, to communicate with relatives, however distant.