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HOW DO I BEGIN MY RESEARCH?I found FHM at my local newsagent two days ago. Thank Heavens! I’ve been looking for a mag. like it for the past twenty years. I have been trying to explore my family history since 1975. I visited Chichester Library during that year, and in a book called Chichester something or other, was a notation regarding ‘Cristian De La Plegestouw’ (I’m not sure of the spelling) landing in Chichester from France in 1164. The idea that he could be a distant ancestor helped to get me interested. Later in time, it is believed that my grandfather had a sister, Hephzibah, who owned and operated Walking Stick Farm near Godalming. Nothing else is known about her. My aunt Hilda was ‘excommunicated’ from the family for some reason or other, and my uncle, Frederick Ernest, forbade me from finding out anything about her (although I do have a photo of her, from about the 1920s). My enquiries at Chichester Library in 1975 resulted in me also finding another ‘relative’ who was fined 5 bob by the court for failing to register a block of land somewhere about the 18th or 17th century. I also heard that all the family crests were on the city wall around the 13th century. There are several towns or hamlets in the UK named Plaistow and I have an old wallet with ‘Plaiso’s Ship Inn’ embossed on it. Goodness knows where it came from. My grandfather, Ernest PLAISTOWE, was born about 1863 and married Louise Jane CHIVERS, born about 1861. They had the following children: Frederick Ernest, born about 1893; Josephine B, born about 1901; William George, born 1902, and Hilda, born about 1904. William George, my father, married Alexandra McLEOD in 1937. Therefore, all I have is snippets of information. And, quite honestly, I have not a clue on where to start. Can you help? I would like to add that I am a computer dummy, but hope to get some help along the way
Noel McLeod Plaistowe
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