Hello there. My name’s Dom, and I live in Wiltshire, England – not too far from Avebury stone circle. I’ve lived in rural Wiltshire for most of my life – with a few years spent in France and south London. Could be worse, right?
Back in 2010 I married a wonderful man who I had known for over 10 years before that. He came along with a wonderful dog (known variously as Moog or the Empress ) who was a major part of our life together but who succumbed to her various illnesses in the autumn of 2013, just shy of her 17th birthday.
I’ve always been surrounded by pets – dogs especially – and you’ll find reference to them dotted around the place. My love of animals doesn’t only cover the domestic types, but extends backward in time. I will forever be a frustrated palaeontologist, but am happy enough (honest) being an armchair discoverer of ancient worlds.
This imagining ancient worlds goes hand in hand with one of my other passions – writing. Specifically, fiction writing. I love world-building – quite literally in some instances as I enjoy writing fantasy works which have to include maps – and I’ve always loved figuring out what makes people tick: their motivations and backgrounds. (And why I started a Creative Writing & French Bachelors degree with the Open University, graduating with Upper Second-Class Honours in 2020 – before starting my Masters.)
This is nowhere more evident than in the area in which I spend most of my leisure time – genealogy. Having been researching my own for over 25 years (you never really stop) I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way, and am always happy to share experiences with others!
That’s me in a nutshell.
When I first started this blog, it was a bit of a catch-all, split between dinosaurs, my life, genealogy and other odds and sods. Some of that variety still exists way back in the Archives. However, since about 2018 it’s been all genealogy, all the way, and that’s how it’s going to stay for the foreseeable future, so if you find some random posts that don’t seem to fit, that’ll be why!