Yesterday we had a little trip out to Formby - it's only a short distance up the coast from where we live, but our visit was to see St Peters Church and in particular look at the grave stones.
The church was built in 1736, the previous chapel having been overwhelmed by sand! Additions were made to it in the 1800s.
My grandfather's family originated from Formby - they were farmers, before they moved to Liverpool and the prospect of better jobs.
Numerous members of my family are buried in the grounds of the church and I was hoping to find the graves of my 4th great grandparents.
Unfortunately we didn't find them but there were many more graves bearing the family name - the family had been quite extensive in the area in the 1700s and 1800s.
I did manage to identify the grave of my 7th great grand uncle.
It's wonderful to be able to piece together the past and imagine the lives our forefathers would have lived. Tracing the family history is such an absorbing and enlightening pastime.