Ancestor Approved Award

I was thrilled recently when I discovered that two fellow genealogy bloggers had given me an Ancestor Approved award.  Thank you very much Katie (From Little Acorns) and Sue at (Family History Fun)

I only started blogging about my family history in October 2010 and quickly discovered the Geneabloggers community.  I wanted to write and record details about my family history for me – but it’s a real bonus if others find it interesting too.  So thanks to all who stop by every now and then.  I hope you will keep visiting my blog and please feel free to leave comments.

The Ancestor Approved Award was created by Leslie Ann Ballou of the Ancestors Live Here blog who asks two things of those who receive the award:

  • list ten things you have learned about any of your ancestors that has surprised, humbled or enlightened you
  • pass it along to ten other bloggers who you feel are doing their ancestors proud

So here’s my top ten things that I have discovered:-

  1. I thought my Dawson roots originated in Yorkshire – but it now seems my ancestors are from Lancashire.
  2. My ancestor John Gawthrop was a Wesleyan minister in the 19th century and preached  all over the country.
  3. I have a tenuous link by marriage to Viscount Philip Snowden, the first Labour Party Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  4. Three generations of John Dawson’s (father, son and grandson) tended the water wheel and engine at Ickornshaw Mill  at Cowling in West Yorkshire for over a hundred years.
  5. I still can’t find my great grandma’s birth record.
  6. Don’t accept information on birth, marriage and death certificates to be true.
  7. How hard life must have been for my ancestors in Victorian England.
  8. How much in awe I am of my ancestors who gave their lives in the various conflicts.
  9. How sad I felt to learn that some of my ancestors ended their lives in the Workshouse.
  10. I still have a lot more to discover.

I would like to present this award to the following people:-

John at The Wandering Genealogist

Census Junkie

Pete at A Brummie Family Tree

Vicki at The Thompson Family

Judy at Yorkshire Genealogy

Julie at Anglers Rest

Lynda at Digging Up The Ancients

Alex at Winging It

Annie at Hibbitt Family History Blog

Andrew at History Repeating



  1. Thanks for the award Mike:) As a relative novice to blogging I appreciate the encouragement. I am impressed by how much you have achieved since October and find some of your posts inspirational. Might give your calendar idea a try. I will also try and follow up the Ancestor Award, but it may be few days before I get time to do it. Lynda.


  2. Thank you so much for nominating my Yorkshire Genealogy blog. I have been neglecting all of my blogs due to a heavy workload, family problems, executor duties, a minor back injury, the floods, etc. Inspired by this award, I will try to do better in the future!


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