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I've found branches of my family in most counties of England - from Dorset, to Hampshire, to Staffordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and Yorkshire.

Since the location of these families to a large extent dictated the way their lives ran, I have wherever possible tried to find out as much as possible about what these places were like at the time my ancestors lived there.

I've also tried to visit the addresses listed on birth, marriage and death certificates, and in censuses, with sometimes surprising results!