Author Archives: Dawsr

About Dawsr

Citizen of the world, but born a century too late.

Jane Austen’s family tree

Like so many other great British female authors, such as Virginia Woolf or the three Brontë sisters, English novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a wonderful and prolific writer, but left no children. But although there are no descendants of the … Continue reading

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Los noyeses que emigraron a Nueva York

A pesar de la creencia popular de que en el siglo XIX y principios del XX los habitantes de Galicia sólo emigraban a América Latina, he podido constatar que entre 1914 y 1920 más de 60 gallegos (por lo menos) … Continue reading

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Our elusive ancestors

Elusive ancestors. We all have them. We all chase them. And very often, they remain a mystery. Who among you has not come across a distant forebear who will just not turn up in the usual sources? In England and … Continue reading

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Feliz 256 cumpleaños, “abuela”

El pasado 9 de febrero, día de Santa Apolonia, se cumplieron exactamente 256 años del nacimiento de mi 4x tatarabuela en la Puebla del Caramiñal (en gallego, Pobra do Caramiñal). Casi de inmediato fue conducida a la pila bautismal, donde … Continue reading

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The maid and the nurse

Like most people in the UK, I descend from working-class people. Almost all of my ancestors worked invariably either on the land or in service.  If you’re interested in this topic, I recommend you read “Life Below Stairs“, by Alison … Continue reading

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La Hija del Cónsul Británico

Esta tarde, mientras ordenaba papeles y clasificaba documentos, encontré un recorte de La Voz de Galicia, fechado el 17 de junio de 2012, que me había dado mi tía Marta hace unos meses. El artículo, titulado “San Amaro muestra sus … Continue reading

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Recordando a Manolito

Recuerdo que de niño, cuando comenzaba a investigar mi árbol genealógico, le solía preguntar a mi madre sobre sus tíos. Dado que mis bisabuelos tuvieron muchos hijos, para mí resultaba un tanto frustrante no saber distinguir quién era quién cuando … Continue reading

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Who really built the Cruceiro de Hío?

The region of Galicia, in the northwest of Spain, is a hilly region with coastal areas that alternate beautiful rías (submerged valleys where the sea enters the mainland) and rugged cliffs. The climate in Galicia is moderate and rainy, making … Continue reading

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Who Do You Think You Are? Nigella Lawson

SPOILER WARNING! One of my favourite Who Do You Think You Are? episodes is the one starring Nigella Lawson (series 3, episode 6), the TV personality and cook book writer who has lately come under huge scrutiny due to her … Continue reading

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JFK and a family memoir

I earnestly encourage you all to ask your relatives, whatever their age and relation to you, to tell you about what they remember. It doesn’t matter if they talk about what the war was like, or what it was like … Continue reading

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