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The first hit

September 25, 2014

Victoria Preedy 1900This is the picture that started it all- A photograph stuck to a piece of cardboard with the words “Victoria Preedy 1900” written on the back in my Grandmother’s handwriting.  My Grandmother was born Lily Preedy and as far as I knew was one of five girls- Lily, Rose, Mabel, Maud and Violet, so who was Victoria?  By the time I had found the census record from 1901 with Victoria May and her parents (my great- grandparents) I was hooked.  Victoria May died when she was two so this is surely the only photo taken of her, and my Dad knew nothing about her.  My Grandmother had never mentioned her but kept her photo safe for 80 years. That’s what’s amazing about family history- the things people either try to hide or forget about.

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