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Joachim Ganz or Why I love research………you never know what you’ll find next!

A few years ago, an emailer to my website asked me to help find her Jewish ancestor who lived in Bristol.  Alas I found nothing on the lady’s particular family, but after a few...

Survivor of Ravensbruck: Stefania Ekner, nee Biegarczyk, 1921-2001

Family History research often leads to something entirely unexpected. In 2014, my first cousin Jack GREGORY was due to attain a milestone birthday. What to give a 90 year-old-man? The majority of us who...

The Fray Family

Find me a scientist was a challenge issued by my late brother Colin Pillinger.  At Christmas I would send him a story about our numerous ancestors but the nearest approximation to science I came...

More Black Bristolians

My book, “Black Bristolians” was written in 1986 and I added a supplement a few years later. As with much of my output it took the form of lists in name order. The book...

Black Bristolians of the 18th & 19th Centuries

In the mid-1950s, at the impressionable age of 18, I remember reading “The Sun is My Undoing” by Marguerite Steen, a popular historical novelist of the time, which alluded to a “Bristol slave market”....

Black Bristolians – Addendum

Some additional Black Bristolians that I found after completing the book. Includes Pero, who is now immortalised in the name of the bridge across the Bristol floating harbour. Click the link below to download:...