Capturing the moment when I first realised that I had proven the identity of at least one of my family members, who had recorded a list of names and dates into our family bible.
Prior to finding the book hidden away at the bottom of a wardrobe in my mother’s house, I had previously very little information about my connections to the Lait family, save for an unconnected list of names compiled from the internet. On the inside pages of the book a list of names and dates had been written – both of birth and of death – and it is thought that at least three different members of my family compiled these lists. The identity of these people was not known and could only be guessed at, that is until the other day when this photo was taken.
The left hand image shows a section of the 1911 census return from Liverpool, while the right-hand image shows a section of the page from the bible.
Comparison of both images clearly shows that the section highlighted was written by the same hand which had completed the census form… the signature on the form being Charles Graham Lait… my great-grandfather.
The discovery of this information was a revelation for me personally, and proves to underline the often repeated advice for the family researcher to ‘keep on digging.’ The varied tales from our family history are many, and there are always new discoveries to be made, laying just beyond sight around the corner!