Understanding Via

Hello dear guest,

My blogger name here is Via.  Welcome to Ancestors Within.

As you may have already noticed, I try to live peacefully, travel thoughtfully, understand deeply and share creatively - sometimes all at the same time.

I try to live peacefully through quieter living.

I try to travel thoughtfully through my continual journeys.

I try to understand deeply, even by any other name.

I try to share creatively, mainly with the assistance of my ancestors within.

You are most welcome to contact me by email as long as the mutual benefits are sufficient.  Which aspects of my research are most likely to be relevant to your own research interests?


What does it mean to exist?

What does it mean to make the most of existence?

What do you know about your historically fascinating journey into existence?

Via existence


As you read through Ancestors Within, you may discover you have the answers to at least a few of the mysteries and puzzles I am yet to solve.

Exploring genealogy is often a time-consuming activity.  It is also one I have found to possess deeply satisfying emotional rewards I cannot yet explain.

Via assistance


My ancestors could not enjoy exploring history in the same way as I do.  They were too busy struggling to survive, as many people still are in the world today.

Most of my ancestors had little formal education.  Many of the ancestors I have discovered through my family history research could not even read or write.  I love reading and writing.

Via history

If something I have written has been of assistance to you and/or your organisation, or you can be of some possible assistance to me, please let me know.

My interest in hearing from people is basically as follows:

1. Via assistance
Helping my family history research quite specifically, possibly with relevant insights from local history, social history and economic history

2. Via cultural and political history
With additional understandings derived from the social sciences and the arts

3. Via Australia
Particularly Italian migrants in Australia from the 1870s to the 1920s

4. Via Italy
Italian 18th and 19th century family history and economic history, especially relating to Basilicata, Lombardy and the Veneto

5. Via Belgium
Late 18th and early 19th century history, especially relating to Antwerp, Lier and Brussels

6. Via knowledge of migration
Belgian theatrical migration to Britain in the 1870s, in particular, and/or migration issues more generally

7. Via Ulster
The linen industry and possibly associated family history records, especially from 1840 to 1900

8. Via existence
The philosophical aspects of family history discoveries, life in the universe and everything

9. Via England
With reflections on social history, cultural history, economic history, political history, local history and the various meanings and perceptions of Englishness

10. How you may fit into the family tree of my ancestors and how they fit into yours

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I especially appreciate historical insights.