Barry's Relatively Speaking: Cookbook Provides Clue

Posted on Nov 10, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Audry shares the following experience.

I had almost given up hope of ever finding the name of the town in England from which my ancestors came. I had checked all the sources I could think of - naturalization papers, census records, passenger lists - all to no avail.

One day I was looking through a new cookbook I had purchased and the name Hindle fairly flew off the page. There was a recipe for a chicken dish called "Hindle Wakes" (Hen de la Wake) which originated in Lancashire, England.

That was enough of a clue for me. I located the Family History Society of Lancashire and wrote to them. The secretary, Mrs. Marjorie Pollard, was so helpful. After several letters back and forth she was able to tell me that my great great grandfather, David Hindle, was born in Longton in 1804 and that his parents were Gilbert and Margaret Hindle. She was also able to tell me that David's wife Martha Casson was also born there in 1812 to Roger Casson and Margaret Crouch-ley of Croston. This proves that one should never think they have come to a deadend. Clues can come from the most unlikely sources.

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