Sunday, 29 August 2010

Street names that still exist today


I am researching Genealogy for my dissertation at University. My family originate form Cumberland but my ancestral trail has brought me to Liverpool. Part of my lineage moved to Liverpool around the 1830's/1840's and my father grew up in the Aintree area. My ancestors lived in the Kirkdale/Everton area and I have several addresses taken from Census records.   My plan is to travel over to Liverpool on the 25th of February and visit these areas where my ancestors lived. Street names that still exist today are Netherfield Road North, Burlington Street, St Martins Cottages, Melbourne Street. I also have a list of many of the churches that various family memebers were married. I see from comparing old maps of Liverpool with current maps that these areas have changed over time. Are there certain old buildings that still exist today? Where can I look that will give me the best picture of what life was like in Victorian Kirldale/Walton?

I would like to know how you can help me discover more about the history of the areas that they lived. My ancestors were mariners, riggers, carters, the sort of thing you would expect in the areas around the docks. Would it be possible to meet with somebody from the society for an hour to discuss my project with, and possibly interview? I am a journalism student so therefore my project requires me to look indepth at genealogy and its relevance in the 21st century, how its changing due to technology etc.. How closely is family history and genealogy associated?

I very much hope that soembody can assist me with this and I hope to hear back from someone soon.

Kidn regards

Kevin Benson

1 comment:

  1. Hello Kev,

    I hope it is not too late in replaying to your email. Most of the areas you mention have been redeveloped. All the roads you mention are still there although most of the properties have been demolished in a lot of cases. St Martins maybe still there as developers have been looking at refurbishing the block. Most streets you mention are near the new Mersey Tunnel called Kingsway. You are best calling to Central Library in William Brown Street near Scotland road where most of the street you mention are situated and ask to see the Gores and Kelly Directories that list all resident in the city going back more the two centuries. I have copied Jo McCann into this reply who may be able to direct you to genealogy contacts for Merseyside.

    I may be available on the 25th to discuss any help I can provide and my telephone number is below.

    Some links that may help


    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society