This blog is called descent from adam: a tale of downward social mobility because I once told my wife that I had just found out via Google that I could trace my ancestry back to Adam and Eve. She pointed out that at least my slide down the social mobility snake helps someone else step onto a ladder. Having subsequently found other origins I now think the possible descent from Chaos of Greek mythology seems to make more sense.
The originally idea behind this blog when I set it up in back in 2008 was simply to use it as a note/scrapbook to chronicle what I’d was finding out about my family history. As my obsession grew, it became a lighthouse, signpost and sometimes a gathering place for others fascinated by their ancestry. Their contributions further fuelled my fascination, but as I found out more I became lest interested in the genealogy of who begat whom, where and when. Instead, I began to realise that it was actually the sharing of stories, photographs and pictures with others that I really enjoyed.
The blog has now become a repository for a random selection of anecdotes, discoveries, encounters, observations, notes, and reflections where my family history just provides an excuse to experiment with creative non-fiction writing.
For those of you that are more interested in family history then I will be updating the related links section of this site, so that you can find the resources that I have used to date to find out more about my ancestors.