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Kings and Queens of England Poster

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I recently received an excellent wall chart titled Kings and Queens of England and Other European Nations. Here is my review for all genealogists with royalty in their lines—and for any other history buffs out there.

Kings and Queens of England Chart

Kings & Queens of EnglandAt last, I now have a better understanding of how and where all these kings and queens are related. This chart is a masterpiece of construction that is really easy to follow. It outlines the direct lineage and doesn’t go off into the many hundreds of sidelines that would only confuse the overall picture.  

The Kings and Queens of England chart comes rolled in a tube for protection. When unfurled, it measures a 24″ by 36″ and is printed in color on quality glossy paper. It costs $24.95 in the USA, and £15.95 in the UK. (See “Where to Buy” heading below for links to Amazon). 

Another thing I really like, is that all charts from this company are printed in a carbon neutral plant using environmentally friendly inks.

Kings and Queens Who’s Who

Published in August 2013 by UsefulCharts Publishing, the Kings and Queens of England chart is right up to date and includes the new Prince George of Cambridge. 

The company website says, “[The chart] shows the direct line between Queen Elizabeth II and historical figures such as Charlemagne, Alfred the Great, and William the Conqueror. It includes every monarch of England from 927 to today (Houses of Wessex, Plantagenet, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Windsor, etc.) and shows the Scottish royal line from Robert the Bruce as well as several independent Welsh and Irish kings. It also includes many of the contemporary monarchs from neighboring countries such as Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark (e.g. – Charles I of Spain, Louis XIV of France, Frederick the Great of Prussia, Napoleon Bonaparte, and more) and demonstrates how the current monarchs of Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK are all descended from either Queen Victoria or King Christian IX (of Denmark), and in most cases, both.” 

Where to Buy Kings and Queens Poster Charts 

This outstanding chart is found on Amazon by clicking on www.amazon.com for USA, and on www.amazon.co.uk for UK.

CHARTS 2 FOR 3

 Among other things, the company also produces two more historical charts—Timeline of World History, and Greek Mythology Family Tree. These can be bought for $24.95 each, or bundled with the Kings and Queens of England saving 33% at $49.95 at www.amazon.com

Meet the Designer

UsefulCharts’ posters are designed by Matt Baker from Vancouver, BC. Matt has worked as both a teacher and a curriculum developer. He has always loved charts and considers himself to be a visual learner. His posters aim to capture large amounts of information in simple, easy-to-follow formats. His website is at www.usefulcharts.com

Matt helped establish and manage a non-profit community college in rural Sri Lanka where he also developed curriculum and taught classes in the liberal arts and sciences. In May 2009, he received a Public Service Honor Award from the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka for “unstinted service in the field of upgrading the leadership and language skills of the youth of this city.” 

Kings and Queens of England Highly Recommended

I highly recommend posters by Matt Baker—especially the Kings and Queens chart. What a vast number of hours must have gone into the production of this excellent visual aid. Congratulations!

Down an English Genealogy Lane

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In November this year, I took a trip down an English genealogy lane. I flew to England to visit my mother, Eve Tozer, who is nearly 102-years-old. 

Genealogy Techie

Ever working the iPad

Ever working the iPad

Eve suffered several mini-strokes late October, and was confined to bed after some 37,105 days of mobility. I expected brief conversation and lack of concentration. Imagine my surprise when I brought out my iPad to show Mum a short video made for her 100th birthday, and she began tapping the screen like a pro! I suspect she’d have been a genealogy techie if born in a later era. Although her legs no longer work, Eve’s mind is all there. 

Genealogy Journey

What began as a farewell visit soon became a journey into family history.

Some days, my sister Susan came with me to see Eve. Other days, I was on my own. Both situations opened up the past in unique ways. One visit, our combined memories had Mum singing, laughing, and even trying to whistle. She used to whistle tunes in her youth, in a day when it was an un-ladylike thing to do. She still recalls her father telling her an old phrase, “A whistling woman and a crowing hen, are neither fit for God nor men.” It didn’t stop her. She continued to whistle throughout her life.

 Another day, Mum suddenly began talking to me about giving birth to triplets, not twins, when my siblings Susan and Malcolm were born. She said the third child died within hours of birth and wasn’t given a name. Susan and I are now investigating that snippet of valuable information. The births took place during World War II in a remote village hospital with no modern medical resources. My mother and the twins nearly died. For whatever reason, my parents never mentioned this extra boy to me or my brother and sister as we grew up. If Eve had died years ago, this new fact would have remained unknown.

As we showed Mum old photographs of ancestors, she recognized each one and named most without hesitation. At one point, she told us all the names of her 12 siblings from memory, in the right order, and fast. Impressive! She is the last remaining member of her family and is excited to join them all when her life on earth ends.

In between visits to my mother, my husband and I explored other local places from our own and our children’s past, such as towns and parks (see below). When we told Mum about these places, the memories multiplied.  

Knutsford

Knutsford

 

Old Hollow Tree, Rectory Park, Sutton Coldfield

Old Hollow Tree, Rectory Park, Sutton Coldfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yay for my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner! 

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

While at my sister’s house, I had access to a treasure trove of old family photographs, certificates, records, news clippings, and more. Because I had my little Flip-Pal mobile scanner with me, I was able to quickly scan everything, and return to the USA with excellent copies of documents I hadn’t seen before, which are now digitally preserved for future generations. I even scanned larger documents with no problem, using Flip-Pal’s stitch feature.  A few of these are included below. 

 

Gt. Grandpa William Pattison, Old Brightlingsea Newspaper Clipping

Gt. Grandpa William Pattison, Old Brightlingsea Newspaper Clipping

 

Grandmother's Death Certificate

Grandmother’s Death Certificate


Mum marrying Fred Tozer, 1937

Mum marrying Fred Tozer, 1937

 

 

Mum and me, 1944

Mum and me, 1944

Fred Tozer (2nd seated)  Mayfair Football Team, 1932
Fred Tozer (2nd seated) Mayfair Football Team, 1932

 A Bonus

A final bonus occurred the night before we flew home from Manchester airport. After a week of strong family feelings, my husband, who hadn’t seen one of his brothers for 16 years, knocked on his brother’s door in Manchester. We spent a great evening catching up and reminiscing.

There’s something about extended family ties that is hard to ignore. Venturing down genealogy lane gave me back a unity and sense of belonging I’ve missed after living away from England all these years.

Last Goodbye

I shall forever carry a mental picture of the last goodbye wave from my sweet mum. I stood in the open doorway waving back at her and said, “Remember, when you’re in heaven and you want to get my attention, just whistle and I’ll know it’s you.” She smiled and nodded, looking peaceful and wise. We blew kisses and I shut the door. Thank you and God bless you, Eve Tozer, for being my dear mother.

Eve trying to whistle

Eve trying to whistle

 

British Genealogist Ready for Business

Looking for a recommended genealogist based in England? This one is excellent. I’ve known Peter and his wife Audrey since the 1960s. Your British research couldn’t be in better hands. He’s looking for new USA clients. Peter recently discovered connections on one of his mother’s lines going back beyond the 10th century, which included William the Conqueror and other English, Scottish, French and Hungarian kings – aristocracy from before 1580.

Peter and Audrey Lee

Peter and Audrey Lee

Peter’s preferred method of contact is email (see below). He has a new website at www.furnissfamilysearch.co.uk/ and a blog at peterfurnisslee.blogspot.com/.

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