I vividly remember being asked by the person who greeted me what I wanted to look at. I told her the baptisms at Earl Shilton and she requested my name for their records. I replied “Swinfield”, The man sitting at the desk behind me enquired what I had said and I repeated it to him. Imagine my amazement when he told me that Swinfield was his surname too! He suggested that I do what I had come to do and that, when the record office closed, we should return to his nearby home for lunch.
|Geoff, Derrick, Pat (Derrick's sister), Simon (Derrick's son)|
Derrick then produced a roll of wallpaper on which he had recorded the ramifications of the Swinfields that he had found to date. My relatives were there too. Imagine my surprise when we proved to be 4th cousins. My interest in genealogy was born.