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.

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.

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 as her Brick Wall., His origins are buried somewhere in Carmarthen, 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….

“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

Host and Producer: Andrew Martin
Guests: Jane Hough
Additional sound production: Eliot Lees.
©2021 The Family Histories Podcast

S01EP01: ‘The Tyrant’ with Daniel Smith-Ramos

We’re delighted to announce that Series One, Episode One (S01EP01) of The Family Histories Podcast has been released, ominously titled ‘The Tyrant’, and is now available across your favourite podcast feeds.

In our first episode we’re meeting Daniel Smith-Ramos, who has a rich Spanish, Italian-American, and English ancestry. He’s at home with publishing articles and speaking at various conferences about genealogy, and he’s also a co-founder of Revista Descendientes – a free Spanish-language family history magazine.

Daniel talks to us about how he got hooked on researching family history, the difficulties of researching in different countries, and how his research has expanded with DNA testing.

Alonso Martínez

Daniel’s choice for the Relatively Speaking section of the show, is his ‘evil’ (his words, not ours) 5x Great Grandfather Alonso Martínez, who was a public notary born in Noàl, Galicia, Spain, in 1765, and died in 1837 in Puebla del Caramiñal, Spain. Alonso’s story is one of social climbing, illegitimacy, inheritance, hypocrisy, family dispute, and a cruel abandonment.

Daniel tells Alonso’s story, and reminds us that if we go looking for family history, then we must accept the facts of what we find.

Mary Elizabeth Vickress

Everyone who researches their family tree hits upon a dead end sooner or later. It can be just a short puzzle, or it can last much longer due to ambiguous or hidden evidence, or records that sadly no longer exist.

Daniel’s Brick Wall is a relative named Mary Elizabeth Vickress, who was born in 1860 in Pesnett, which is now part of modern-day Dudley in the West Midlands, UK

She’s last noted on the National Probate Calendar, when she is named as the executor to the estate of her younger sister Mercy Vickress on 11th November 1886. Mercy died in February 1886.

What became of Mary Elizabeth? Did she die too, or marry, or emigrate? Did she use another name?

We’ll discuss where Daniel’s research has taken him so far, but if you think you have some information about her, then please do let Daniel know either through his twitter account or via his blog.

As you’ll hear in this episode, Andrew tries to help Daniel with his research, but it may take some time….

“I can’t condemn him or make him any less of an ancestor because he wasn’t nice. He is there. Full stop”

Daniel Smith-Ramos
Daniel Smith-Ramos

Host and Producer: Andrew Martin
Guest: Daniel Smith-Ramos
Additional sound production: Eliot Lees
©2021 The Family Histories Podcast

Series One Trailer

Our Series One trailer is here!

What’s The Family Histories Podcast about? Now you can find out, and importantly, you can now subscribe too (Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Pandora, and Tune In so far) – enabling you to hear each episode as it’s released.

We’ve been busy recording all seven episode of our show, and we’re now releasing these weekly across podcast platforms.

We’re currently recording


We’re currently recording the first series of this brand new family history podcast series – The Family Histories Podcast.

Each episode sees author and family history addict Andrew Martin invite a guest to talk about their genealogy research; their methods; their tools; and the moment that they became hooked.

Our guest will then pick the most fascinating one of their relatives and share their life story.

Finally, Andrew will ask the guest to talk about their current research ‘brick wall’ before giving them a surprise treat that no family historian could ever turn down…

We’re having lots of fun making this series, and hope you enjoy hearing the stories we tell.

Keep safe and wise,