The author

The people are gone, but their story is yet to be told.

My name is Daniel, and I’m the author of this blog, The Genealogy Corner, where I write about my own experiences researching my family tree and unearthing a fascinating family history.

I first became fascinated by genealogy in 1995, when as a young boy my grandmother showed me a family tree drawn up by a distant relative. I instantly became fascinated by the fact that I unconsciously belonged to this huge genealogical maze.

My insatiable appetite for knowing more and filling in the gaps has led me to where I am today: contributing to a family history magazine, keeping this blog and popping to my local archive whenever I have the chance.

So far, my research has taken me to several countries and to two different continents. Of course, a great deal of this research would not have been possible without the tremendous help offered by the Internet and websites like Ancestry, FamilySearch and RootsChat, but nothing beats sitting in an archive uncovering old documents and manuscripts which have remained unopened for decades – if not centuries!

Genealogy is not a question of “how far back can you go in time”, but of knowing who you are and who were those who shaped the family you were born into. In my opinion, tracing your lineage back several centuries is relatively pointless if you don’t investigate the links in between and the lives that populate your family tree. It is discovering these wonderful little details which makes the wait worthwhile.

So far I have successfully traced my ancestry back to the 15th century through a couple of my ancestral lines, and I have found ancestors all the way from Italy to New York and from Wales to Santiago de Compostela. As of 2014, thousands of people “hang” from my family tree’s countless branches, covering many generations and leading very different lives on all five continents, but their stories are yet to be told. Thus, I have created this blog, to share with you my relatives’ past, so their stories will not be forgotten in the future.

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5 Responses to The author

  1. alexandra says:

    Hello Dawsr,
    I do not know how to start this letter. Maybe by saying I am one of your relatives, although a very distant one. My name is Alexandra, my mother’s name is Maria Victoria Agra Cadarso, daughter of Blas Agra Cadarso and Gloria Cadarso Camano. I am trying to gather the Agra Cadarso family history from my side and I was doing research on Admiral Cadarso. And I stumbled on your blog. I have to go and see my family in Noya to get all the information. My aunt Chola, born Blanca Agra Cadarso, was the one who had all the information when she died 6 years ago it sent me into a terrible depression and I just shut myself off the family as it was too painful. I am starting to go back to Spain to visit my remaining aunt and uncle and I know that time is of the essence so I am planning a trip.
    Anyway, I am writing this in case you want to know something or you want some pictures. The painting of the Admiral used to hang above my grandmother’s main staircase in La Chainza Noya. Now that we have this wonderful technology I can send you scanned photos and stuff. Let me know because I might not be from the same branch of the family as you and it might be useless to you.
    Hope we can exchange things. Looking forward to your reply.

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  3. Ofelia says:

    Do you have access to the archives in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia?

  4. Nadia says:

    Hi Dawsr,
    My name is Nadia and I have just started doing some research into my family history. I just want to say thank-you on behalf of my mother and uncle for the information you have provided us with on John Tippins son of Luke Ricketts Tippins. As we believe that Luke Ricketts Tippins may be my 4X great uncle. If he is indeed the brother of my 4X great grand father Mark Henry Tippins who was born in Hambleton, Herefordshire, England on April 4th 1855 to William Tippins and Mary Anne Tippins (Ricketts). Mark Henry arrived in Australia on January 13th 1886 (which is actually exactly 36 years to the day before his grand-daughter Phoebe Joyce was born :-D).
    Like I said I am new to this family history stuff very, very new just dipping my toes in at the moment and I’m having a blast with all the interesting information i have been able to locate. So anyway to my point i was hoping that you may be able to confirm for me the relationship between Luke Ricketts Tippins and Mark Henry Tippins. I just seem to be going round and round in circles and don’t feel 100% confident that i’ve got it right.
    Thank-you for any and all assistance you may be able to give me.
    Your possible distant relative Nadia :-D

  5. HI Daniel
    I am intrigued by your article about Milboroughs and Montilions. It seems we share the same relatives on the Montilion side of the family. I would love to explore this further with you ( we must be relatives!). Could we find a way to get in touch please – by email at first?

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