Archive for June, 2009

I suspected a distant relative was illegitimate and today I found her in the parish records. Her baptism recorded 1837. Ruth; with the simple statement  ‘Illegit’ written in neat hand writing by the Rector in his register. I thank him.

I now have her mothers first name too.

Family gossip suggests Ruth was the daughter of a ‘Gentleman of the house’. So my next task is to see if I can trace staff records for the various estates in the area I am researching. A trip to West Sussex Record Office may help.


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airraid_DSCF7793Do you have any memories of this shelter?

It was open during the Sompting Festival weekend and is part of the old Sompting Village School which is now the Community Centre.

I would be interested to record any memoirs you may have of the shelter and its use.

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If you live in Lancing, Sompting or the surrounding area you may be interested in joining our new Family History Group. Click on the U3A link above the banner to find an article describing what the group has been doing. ‘U3A Family History – A members View’

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