7th – 13th February (Fran’s Travels in UK and Germany)

This week: Fran’s travels in UK and Germany. Spending time in Yorkshire visiting family history sites and meeting amazingly generous people along the way. Visiting Huddersfield, Leeds, Manchester, and New Mill. Then in Germany hanging out underground in Berlin with Jewish history and the Ampelmann.

7th February (1998) Yorkshire, UK

I was heading to Yorkshire specifically for family tree research. The first Heap to leave England for Australia left from a village called New Mill. The first time I arrived in New Mill, it was very emotional. In graveyard I found my ancestors.






There can only be one Ebenezer Heap, well actually, there is another one in a slightly distant family branch, but I had found my ancestor, Joseph Heap’s father, my great-great-great-grandfather.

The family plot in New Mill with 13 burials

8th February (1998) Yorkshire, UK

I caught the local bus this morning but alighted at another town that also related to my family to check out the graveyard as older than the gravestones at New Mill Church.

Now, to make this even more unbelievable, it turns out Peter was restoring Fulstone Hall, which is where Ebenezer’s wife, Ann Lockwood, was born.

9th February (1998) Yorkshire, UK

On my return to New Mill the next day, I bravely knocked on the door of Croft House and explained who I was. This stranger let me spread out her house deeds, stretching back to the mid-1800s, on her kitchen table searching for the name Heap.

My luck continued for the day. I was so excited to sleep in the house that my ancestors lived in.

10th February (1998) Yorkshire, UK

Ann knew the oldest resident of New Mill and offered to introduce me to see if maybe she knew anything about my family. Naturally, I jumped at the chance. She lived literally around the corner and was more than happy to have a chat over tea and biscuits.

11th February (1998) Leeds, UK

I headed into Leeds today to follow up at a school where my family may have attended. I had an appointment with the school archivist but alas, the records were lost for the years relating to my family.

While in town, I could not resist checking out Armley Mills, home to the Leeds Industrial Museum.

I continued on my journey to York.

12th February (2015) Berlin, Germany

I was very excited about today’s itinerary. Underground tours of Berlin with www.berliner-unterwelten.de. A brilliant company that has taken on the initiative to restore and maintain a plethora of underground areas. By opening them up for tours, they raise funds for the ongoing restorations, research and maintenance.

My ticket/postcard for Tour 1
My ticket/postcard for Tour 3

13th February (2015) Berlin, Germany

I left my apart-hotel at 10.45 a.m. and made my way to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

The stelae

There is also a museum underneath the stelae in which I spent three-and-a-half-hours.

I try to buy ‘useful’ souvenirs so I only gained a book mark. It is a holographic one that as you move it, the picture changes from the walking Ampelmann to the stop walking Ampelmann.

There was still time to head to The Palace of Tears, Tranenpalast.

My last day in Berlin was done. On to Romania tomorrow.

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