Last week I managed to visit the Northamptonshire Record Office, by no means an easy task. It is probably where naughty local government employees are sent as a punishment, surrounded by busy ring roads, isolated from any shops, public transport nodes or civilisation, serviced by only a cheap coffee machine and a box of expensive 'Chari-snacks'.
More frustrating is the fact that the axis of all Kisby's seems to be centred around Peterborough (or Peter-bo-roo-gah as I prefer to call it), in the very northern corner of the county. The borders of five counties are within a few miles of this spot (seven if you include the Soke of Peterborough and the Isle of Ely) and you can guarantee that will mean spending time at half a dozen different county record offices or local history libraries to search the local records of neighbouring parishes!!
Fortunately Peter-bo-roo-gah's very busy parish church of St John has much of its parish register transcribed and indexed. Some of the earliest Kisby's recorded in parish church records can be found listed there, the first being Hellyn Kisby baptised in August 1560.
General do-gooder, general creative person, general nerd. I blog here about my lifelong interests of art and genealogy, which are polar opposites in most respects. I plan to live my life in reverse to the norm, starting as a history obsessed teenager in dusty archives and ending wrinkly making cool stuff and having fun.