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By Terry Walker 03032024 8 minute read from My Life, in Words An historic moment, for surely the mighty fortress Tower of London has never been abandoned to its fate? An act of chivalry, becomes a bomb scare and a unique moment in family history with repercussions that stopped short of a hanging… Two American […]

Ancestral mystery of desert warrior queen

No camels so we trek 250 km by Yak

I had requested a camel train to take us across the Syrian Desert to Palmyra, the hometown of the legendary Warrior Queen Zenobia whose ancestry is unclear. She may have been raised as the daughter of her brother who had married the widow of her father who was the brother of them both. Palmyra was […]

Last outpost saves the mother tongue of Jesus

Donkey vendor has Coke at Biblical prices

One language of ancient Syria was Aramaic, as spoken at the time of Jesus of Nazareth and unchanged even today in remote mountains. It was the language of Jesus, his disciples and most of the people who attended their gigs. It has survived changing dynasties and remains the language of Christians and Muslims who live […]

Ghosts secure five stars for derelict hotel

By Julia Jayden Wells 03042024 7 minute read A fairy tale grand hotel that welcomed Royalty became haunted after the mysterious deaths of guests and the three brothers who owned it. The Berengaria Hotel in Cyprus has been padlocked and decaying for 40 years and now ghosts have secured five stars for the totally derelict […]

We published on time... with seven minutes to spare...

Getting started on this short story publishing website was relaxed but we published on time with seven minutes to spare. Amid the lockdowns and government strictures of the COVID-19 era, I stayed cooped up in my office with its panoramic view of Dead Lane as inspiration… For centuries that North Essex track has been a […]

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Ancestor Gold - check for Blue Plaque ancestors...

Once you start digging into your family’s past you may strike “Ancestor Gold” in no time at all. A Blue Plaque in the family? Your newly discovered ancestor may turn out to be “famous” or “infamous” or merely have been an “associate” of someone who was. “Heroes” or “heroines” or “do-gooders” excite the immediate family […]

Secret agent served Britain and four terror groups

His PSYOP role brings peace to Cyprus, Isle of Spies

A secret agent served Britain and four terror groups in 1950s Cyprus but 30 years later he discovered how his multiple PSYOP roles brought peace to the strife-torn island of spies, Cyprus. Armed with a 9mm Sten sub-machine gun and a pistol he was ever-ready for action, but never fired a shot in anger. by […]

Fire reveals ancestors' secret of Peterboat inn

by Terry Walker

by Terry Walker 04032024 6 minute read There were surprising revelations when a family history researcher discovered her innkeeper ancestors’ secret of the Peterboat inn. What the innkeeping ancestors had been up to for 300 years at the fishing village at the mouth of the River Thames was revealed in a 130 year-old official report […]

Samaritan Sea Captain

Rescue, then false papers for fleeing ancestor

My great-grandfather Jacob fled Imperial Russia as an army draft dodger with a gang of Cossack chappers (bounty hunters) hot on his trail… His 12-year-old wife-to-be, Rachel and her daughter Leah, a baby in arms not yet a year old shared the journey by Terry Walker AS01030724 10 minute read From My Life, in Words […]

Bar brawl in Bahia Blanca

Blow by blow - for the records

Every family history is unique and the brutal bar brawl detailed in this seaman’s story came after a month of fierce Atlantic gales that drove Tyne-based cargo boats hundreds of miles off-course, flying the signal “Not under command” because “we could just not steer”… by Bob Harrison AS8042024 8 minute read They were heading for […]

A night out on the tiles with an Italian corker

When Italian business people go for an impromptu night out on the tiles in a famed gastronomic city it comes with a Sicilian corker and tableside performances… However, what happened afterwards provided “la ciliegina sulla torta” for the diners. by Terry Walker AS06042024 9 minute read From My Life, in Words | Bottle image, courtesy […]

Every family history has a story to tell that echoes down the ages

The Covid era has persuaded people to do more talking and reading – and taking up creative writing. With record levels of online chat; new demand for short reads and many wannabe authors, the biggest genre is “Family History”. An article length of around 1,400 words is an easy 7-minute read! Every family history has a story to […]

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Our extensive Library aids family history research and enduring ancestry stories. Share the lives of our ancestors worldwide and their descendants Share the lives of our ancestors worldwide and their descendants (us!) who may or may not be enjoying the benefits we’ve inherited… Be inspired by our published ancestor stories…we look forward to sharing your […]

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All short articles about your ancestors are welcome at Ancestry-Stories. As are those of today’s generation living adventurous lives, achieving their lifetime goals or inspiring our readers in their fight against adversity and disease. We can help you to share your family history. Ordinary families have achievements, traditions and golden moments. There have been times […]


Turks invade and tourism hit for decades

Trouble was brewing, even in the remote Troodos Mountains. In 1974 I witnessed the first signs of events that would see us bombed out of Cyprus and change it forever. Soon there would be rebellion, invasion, ethnic conflict, deaths and an occupying United Nations peace-keeping force that’s still on patrol 50 years later. By Terry […]

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