Around 20 years ago, I came across an advert giving information on how I could ‘research family history’ and I thought – mm…. maybe I can find my grandparents. My mums maiden name was pretty unusual – so I gave it a go – and wow – my granddad had so many brothers and sisters I knew nothing about!!

Grandad was Harry Moores Bletcher, born in 1898; he lived in a house on Store Street, Manchester with his parents and 8 brothers and sisters (must have been very cosy)

At the time I started my research I was working in a building on that very same street in Manchester; further research showed that he and my gran were married in the church just around the corner

and so my journey began……