Dolly Parton’s Birthday-19th January


My Great Grandfather became a tailor, due to the training he received as a result of a trust fund set up by John Clingan.

The trust fund was set up to support local underprivileged children several hundred years ago. Having a trade must have made a huge difference to my Great Grandfather and his family. The trust fund money probably changed the future  of his descendants for generations.

Today is Dolly Parton’s Birthday. Below she talks about her scheme, which has helped give children access to books.

This scheme means that Dolly Parton is much more than a singer. She has become a historical figure by virtue of the fact that she is helping change the future of generations of children and their families.


I’m back..

Welcome back to me. My blog got overtaken by my life for a while-getting youngsters through vital exams and a wide variety of other dramas. Instead of writing about history, I have effectively been creating my own. It is interesting to think about the way in which my story might be put together in the future by family historians.

I know the thrill of discovering an old photo or a newspaper article about somebody in my tree. Some colourful individuals have their own folder. whilst others remain practically anonymous. I wonder what kind of digital footprint I have left. these last last few eventful months.

Now to get back to business..