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In A matter of life and death (certificates) – Part 1, I begin my examination of a fascinating source of genealogical information and explain the oft-quoted family history mantra (illustrated by the image above) which encourages us to “Hatch, match, and dispatch” our ancestors.

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New here?

Welcome! First of all, I recommend you learn more about this site. Then, you can search for your Atcherley ancestors in the new Atcherley Family Tree. Or why not check out the virtual Atcherley family albums in the Pictures section of the website? You can also read the stories of Atcherley family members, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to the 1900s: for a full list of nearly 180 articles and stories see Contents – Stories and Articles.

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Featured photo

Shown in the photograph above is Emma Arabella Atcherley (née Heward) [] and child – an appropriate image for Women’s History Month and for Mothers Day. Emma married Lt.-Col. Francis Topping Atcherley at Toronto in 1863, and bore her husband five children in Canada before her untimely death, just short of her 30th birthday, in 1871. For the full picture, plus additional photos and information, see Francis Topping Atcherley and family.

Picture by kind permission of Archives of Ontario (image number I0042638).

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From the archives – March

This month being Women’s History Month, here is a selection of stories featuring some amazing Atcherley women. Let’s start with Elizabeth Atcherley, who became Countess Elizabeth Krockow von Wickerode. It was written of her that “She knew half the world, most of the well-known and celebrated personalities of her time, many scholars, and above all, many artists.” Discover her story in An Atcherley in Germany.

An Atcherley and an Almshouse looks at the life of my 2x great aunt Fanny Atcherley, and the Almshouse – founded by Catherine Lady Herbert and run by and for women – where she was a scholar.

“Preston Hospital, near Wellington”. Picture © Rob McCrorie.

A slightly more distant Atcherley cousin was awarded the MBE for her work during the Great War of 1914-18. Ethel Mary Atcherley’s World War One provides the details.

Finally, the results of my research into the Indian origins of the wife of the Rev Roger Atcherley are told in Mary Atcherley, née Rennell: Putting the geographer’s daughter on the map.


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