I have the great pleasure of introducing you to, Anthony Peter Beacock and his blog, Our Great Ancestors, described as, “. . . Our Great Ancestors aims provide information about not only my own family lines, but genealogy in general. Through the blog I hope that I can help people get started with researching their own family history. I also hope that distant cousins are able to discover the blog and find out about their roots.
A Little Bit About Anthony
“I was born near Hull, which is situated in East Yorkshire, England in 1996 and currently live in Hedon which is a historic market town and is about 6 miles away from Hull.
I am currently at University studying Computer Science with Games Development, but in my free time I like to research my family history as well as many other hobbies.”
How did you get started in genealogy?
“I began researching my family history not only because I had an interest in it, but also because of my late father. He became seriously ill and a few years later, in 2007, he sadly passed away. When my dad was ill, he said that he was not afraid of dying but afraid of being forgotten. At the age of 11, I was his oldest son when he passed on, which meant that I felt the need to try and grant his wishes. I thought about family history and that he had started one when he was ill. I decided that it would be the best way to keep his memory alive for future generations.
I then had a problem, because then I thought everyone else deserves to be remembered, because without them I would not be here myself. So that made my decision to research my family, even stronger.
I have now been researching my family history for just over 2 years, and have achieved a great piece of history that is still growing week by week.”
Why Anthony Created His Blog and His Thoughts on Blogging
“I started a genealogy blog in May 2016 as I wanted to document my research publically, in hope of reaching out to distant cousins. I also wanted to give something back to the community by trying to help people research their own family history.”
How did you choose the name for your blog?
“I chose the name, Our Great Ancestors, because I believe it is catchy, straight to the point and it also has a double meaning – great as in great grandfather, and great as in my grandfather is great! The name just came to me, so I went with it!”
Anthony, what research tool or source has been particularly helpful in researching your family history?
“Although I find that Ancestry and FindMyPast are really helpful and easy to use, I use a few other sites such as LincstothePast, Genuki and FreeBMD. On my blog I have featured a list of useful links, which includes anything that I have come across that is deemed helpful. I update this whenever I discover new, useful websites and resources.
I use the MyHeritage Family Tree Builder to actually record the bulk of information, as it sets out the family tree very neatly. I find it very easy to use also.”
Anthony, do you have any tips for new genealogy bloggers?
“Start with yourself and work backwards. You should never work forwards as it is very easy to trail off onto another line which ends up being incorrect! Also you should always double and triple check your research, as there is always a chance that you have missed something vital!
If you have older relatives who are alive, make use of them and their stories. Document them whilst you can, as they are the key to older generations!”
What other genealogy blogs inspire you?
“I myself have never followed a genealogical blog, I just decided to document my own research and give something back!”
Anthony, what has been your most exciting genealogy discovery in your research?
“One of the most exciting (if I can say that) is finding out that a direct relative was the brother to John and Christopher Wright from the gunpowder plot!
Another was that I have over 1700 ancestors in my family tree and all of them are from England! I thought that was outstanding, and it also helps when it comes to researching!
Another was that the Beacock name was passed on by a woman rather than a man, due to an illegitimate 3x great grandfather! I found this very interesting that the Beacock line has survived many situations along the way.”
Anthony, please tell us about your favorite posts on your blog?
“Up to now I only have 7 posts that are actually of any use, whilst the others are website updates. I think my favourite post would have to be either ‘Research: Thomas Beacock’ because it explains the story of my 3x great grandfather, or ‘Research: Frederick Walter Beacock’ (my great grandfather) for the same reason. These two ancestors had interesting lives and situations.”
How much time do you get to spend on research?
“I make sure that I spend at least a few hours a week on family history as I find it very addictive as well as being interesting!”
Anthony, who is your favorite Ancestor?
“I do not think I can pinpoint one favourite ancestor but I am weirdly drawn towards my 3x great grandfather Thomas Beacock. This is because without him being born out of wedlock and keeping his mother’s maiden name, I would not be a Beacock today. The Beacock line has survived over 400 years in my research, with myself being born in 1996 and Michaell Beacock presumably being born in and around the 1590s. Outside of my research, it obviously goes beyond 400 years.
Thomas Beacock was the first Beacock in my direct line to move the family away from Lincolnshire, which makes him a key ancestor as he changed Beacock tradition in a number of ways.”
What family story or heirloom do you cherish?
“I cherish all of the heirlooms that I possess but I particularly cherish my late father’s wedding ring, my paternal grandfather’s model trains and his pocket watch, my paternal great grandmother’s sewing machine. I also cherish an original photograph of my maternal 2x great grandfather that was coloured. The photo and its original frame was in possession of my 2x great grandparents, then my great grandparents, my grandparents and then was given to me. I currently have the photo hung up in my bedroom.”
In what ways has genealogy improved your life?
“I believe genealogy has improved my life by giving me an interesting topic to research as a hobby. It has also motivated me to visit and talk to more of my extended family, which has brought us closer!”
What do you love the most about doing your genealogy/family history?
“I enjoy discovering ancestors for the first time, especially if they have been in the newspaper or have done something of interest!”
What is on your genealogy bucket list?
“I would like to discover more ancestors in my Beacock line, as I have hit a brick wall with Michaell Beacocke and Bettris Reder who were married on 17th November 1612!
Apart from that, I need to visit the Hull History Centre, the record office at Beverly and at Lincoln. This will enable me to research parts of my family more closely and hopefully gain information from the people who work there.”
If you wanted to leave a message for future generations, what would you tell them (like a time capsule)?
“In terms of family history, I would tell them to ensure that they document their lives as well as their families, as the more information there is about a person, the more the person comes to life. It is a lot better than just a name, date of birth and date of death. Information and photographs are essential in keeping people’s memory alive!
In terms of life in general I would tell future generations that they need to enjoy life and live everyday like it is their last day alive. This way, life is more enjoyable.”
Please take a moment to visit Anthony’s blog. Leave him a comment letting him know you stopped by. Welcome Anthony, it’s great to have you here!
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Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her grandchildren! Are you a genealogy blogger who would like to be interviewed for the “May I Introduce To You . . .” series? If so, contact Gini Webb via e-mail.