In the late 1870s, some of my father's family left Belgium in mysterious circumstances and went to live in Soho in London.
My great great grandfather's first name is written in various records as Johannes, Jan, Jean and John. He was a tailor by trade and was born in Lier, south of Antwerp, in 1830. My great great grandmother was his third wife.
The family lived at various Soho addresses, including Carnaby Street, Wardour Street, Poland Street and Leicester Place. In the late 1800s, John was a theatrical costumier. At around the time, the family name changed slightly.
As I learn more about my Flemish heritage, the more I discover about the turbulent history of Belgium and its frequent use as the battleground of various belligerents. There are some similarities with the history of Italy, with constant invasions and a shared Catholic culture.
Your family history
Three of my blogs now have nine posts each. I have decided to postpone their continuation for a while until there are some interesting comments from visitors for me to explore.
Wherever your family originated, on whichever continent or continents, I look forward to hearing from you.