S01EP02: ‘The Laundress’ with Jane Hough

The second episode of The Family Histories Podcast is now live across Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and all the usual platforms.

In this episode we’re joined by guest Jane Hough – a family historian with ancestors in Gloucestershire and Cheshire, England. We’ll discover how she covertly got into family history research, and hear how she’s using DNA and online resources to unravel some long-standing family mysteries.

Life Story – Mary Stone

For the Relatively Speaking part of the show, Jane chose her 5x Great Grandmother Mary Stone who, after a series of unfortunate events, culminating in an incident involving scissors and some fancy linen at Stourhead House.

She ended up departing her native home in Stourton, Wiltshire, UK, and headed for a new life around the world in Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.

“I can’t help but think that she probably did it out of desperation. She worked in the laundry at the big house”.

Jane Hough, SERIES 1, Episode 2
Jane Hough

The Brick Wall – Thomas Edwards

Everyone hits a blocker in their family history research, and here Jane picked out the case of her 3x Great Grandfather Thomas Edwards (b.c.1809-1877) as her Brick Wall., His origins are somewhere in Carmarthenshire (possibly Llanelli), in Wales, but it’s proven too tough to find records that can confidently identify the correct Thomas Edwards, his father John, and his brother (also John).

If you think you have information that might help Jane to progress this case then you can reach out to him either directly at her blog, her twitter, or via our contact form, remembering to select Jane’s episode from the drop-down list.

Jane jumps at Andrew’s offer of help with her research but not everything quite goes to plan….

Episode Credits:
Series One, Episode Two

  • Andrew Martin: Host and Producer
  • Jane Hough: Guest
  • Eliot Lees: Foley Artist

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