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An amazing photo of the Jones family

February 16, 2014

I just had to share this fantastic photo from my nan’s collection. It shows my great-grandfather John William Jones, his seven siblings and parents in about 1916.

The Jones family in about 1916


My nan tells me that from left to right, the photo captures:

  • Tom Jones
  • George Jones, my great-great-grandfather
  • George Jones (nicknamed Bead)
  • John Jones, my great-grandfather
  • Maria Jones nee Taylor (known as Ria), my great-great-grandmother with baby Ann Jones
  • Maria Jones (known as Doll) with Edward Jones (known as Ted)
  • Harry Jones
  • Lilie Jones (who went on to marry Olympic athlete, Ernest Johnson)


I’ve found the family in the 1911 census, minus Lilie, Harry and Ann who were not yet born. The family of seven were living in three rooms at 29 Pearman Street in Lambeth – quite a squeeze!

George Jones was employed as a House Painter and it seems Maria had given birth to one other child who had sadly died before the census was taken.

The Jones family in the 1911 census

The Jones family in the 1911 census – please click to enlarge


There’s a bit of a family rumour surrounding my great-great-grandmother’s family – Maria Taylor’s father is thought to have won the Doggett’s Coat and Badge race, a rowing race along the River Thames. I’m looking forward to seeing if I can prove this for my nan.

Interviewing family members

August 21, 2009

While it may initially seem like the simplest thing in the world to do, I actually found my first attempt at ‘interviewing’ my nan about our family and her memories quite a tricky task. I’m not sure if it’s just because my family are all a bunch of chatterboxes, but I found it pretty difficult to keep our discussion on track and not get distracted from the task at hand.

With this in mind, I had a quick search around for examples of questions that would help me structure my second attempt and spotted this article – How to Write a List of Questions for a Family History Interview | . I think these suggested questions are really helpful as they seem well balanced and should help me build up both a list of facts about the ancestors my nan remembers and also begin to understand what their lives were like.

Although I’ve only just started looking at my family history, I’ve already found it quite an eye-opener as I’ve realized just how little I know. While speaking to my nan, it dawned on me that I’d never actually seen a photo of my grandparents in their younger days. In fact, I know it’s crazy, but I’ve only ever tended to think of them in relation to myself, i.e. that they’re my grandparents. I’m really looking forward to reacquainting myself with them and finding out what their lives were like before they were graced with my presence!

A newly-aquired photo of my grandparents, Pamela Jones and Royston Sell

A newly-aquired photo of my grandparents, Pamela Jones and Royston Sell