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For those of you who are doing your own family history research, I came across a prime example today of why you should ALWAYS CHECK THE ORIGINAL REGISTER wherever possible and don't just rely on the indexed information. James Stoakes was baptised in Aldington, Kent in 1792. According to the indexed record he was the son of William and Frances. HOWEVER on checking the original record a very different situation emerged. There was a note against his christening entry which said "James son of Frances Stoakes, supposed illegitimate, her husband William Stoakes having been absent from her above five years and enlisted for the East Indies." Several children continued to be christend by Frances with similar notes. Banns were read in 1792 for Frances Stoakes and Samuel Rogers but a marriage didn't follow. She finally married him in 1800. No doubt she couldn't prove that William was deceased and was unable to marry until a set time of his absence had elapsed. So, there will be Stoakes descendants of the children christened between 1792 and 1800 who ought really to be Rogers, not Stoakes!!! So, always check original records where possible. Burials sometimes give a cause of death especially if it was some kind of accident. Baptisms will give alias names and other circumstances as per this example. We will probably never know whether William actually did go to the East Indies (not found a definitive record of him there yet) or was it just a way of disappearing and starting afresh elsewhere??? 


How absolutely amazing it was to be back at work, back at Market Harborough Indoor Market yesterday. Traders and customers filtering back, We cannot praise the market enough for their safetely measures. They have arranged the stalls and a one way system to make sure everyone is safe and protected. Come and have a wander around and support local businesses who have weathered the Covid storm so valiantly. You might even find a last minute gift for Father's Day. If not at the market then our Father's Day quote trees pictures are still on offer and if you are local to Northamptonshire or south Leicestershire we will even deliver tomorrow for you. How's that for service? 


We are excited to announce that the Market Harborough Indoor Market re-opens on Tuesday 16th June. That means that we are back there on our normal Thursday slot from the 18th June onwards. Obviously there will be lots of measures in place to keep traders and customers safe so please come along and visit us and see our newest products - just in time for Father's Day too!! 


Things are looking very hopeful that we will back at the indoor market very soon. We have booked ourselves in for our usual regular Thursdays and are awaiting confirmation that we will be back there this month. 

7 May 20 We Are Live Again 

We have had this wonderful new website created for us by it'seeze Northampton. Have a browse around and we are sure you will love it as much as we do. We are still working on adding photos and even new products so keep checking back to see what's new. If you have bought anything from us or used our services in the past, please support us by adding a review. Small businesses rely so much on word of mouth and positive reviews from others. Thank you everyone, stay safe and stay well. Katrina and Andy 

15th May 20 Faces of the Fallen 

If you have access to Find My Past, check this out. You might just find a photo of an ancestor who died serving in WW2. I did, I found my first cousin 3X removed, Herbert Charles Beeching. What a treasure to actually see his face. 


Sadly The Galleria has had to close due to their landlord selling the building, however, they are looking for alternative premises and hopefully we will get some good news soon.... 


In the mean time we are still open online via our website here and our Facebook page. With Father's Day coming up check out our special offer on our Best Dad print. It's coming up the time when we also want to show our appreciation to those amazing teachers who have selflessly worked through the lockdown supporting our children at home and at school. We have some lovely gifts for them too. 



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