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10:17am on Sunday, 23rd August, 2015:



Some of my paternal grandmother's ancestors hailed from Ferrybridge in Yorkshire. As the name suggests, there used to be a ferry operating there.

The parish records for Ferrybridge haven't been properly indexed, so I've been reading through them sequentially from 1694 for about a decade. There seem to be a lot of people didn't make it over the water safely, as the burial records include:

Bad news if one of those is the ancestor you're looking for in your own genealogy research. It just goes to show, though, that crossing a major river circa 1700 was more dangerous than flying in an aircraft today.

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