‘Every Day Above Ground is a Good Day.’ ~ Al Pacino

Welcome to a Stroll Among the Dead with the Graveyard Squirrel.

See YOU on the Other Side?

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Waking the Dead?

Have you ever heard the one about how there are only two things that are certain to us?

The first one being that we are all subject to some form of taxation and the second is that one day we WILL all die.

As a genealogical researcher my time is spent grappling with the mystery of death and if I’m not in search of a missing ancestor or researching another life long lost to history – I will be poring over the details on a newly discovered and often indecipherable certificate of death or trawling through the parish records in search of a burial entry.

Being able to locate the final resting place of those from my research endeavours has always been an important task and an unsuccessful search is disappointing as the final piece of the jigsaw remains missing.

However, if you struggle with the thought of death and have no wish to contemplate – MY world is probably NOT for you!

As I love nothing more than a ramble through a cemetery and have been pottering among the tombstones for as long as I can remember – I will be sharing the tales and triumphs of family history and the images and podcasts of my wanderings among the dead.

The author Lailah Gifty Akita said – “the graveyard is an everlasting home of every man” and within most of our cemeteries – evidence of spectacular craftsmanship, awe inspiring stonework, history, sublime words of poignancy and the occasional flashes of humour are ALL just waiting to be discovered!

Welcome along…

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Ordinary People. Extraordinary Deaths.

What can POSSIBLY be told about a life of ONLY 5 weeks?

The death of little Sarah Ann Casper on Christmas Day in the year 1884 would shine a harsh and uncompromising light into the darkest crevices of York’s society as the pitiful story of this baby’s life unfolded…

Death in a Chocolate Box ‘A Wander Along Walmgate

Sarah Ann Casper

The ONLY clear picture history accords Ms Mary Wilson is that of her death by poisoning one morning in May.

A scroll though our parish records and census returns have only added to the mystery of WHO Mary was, WHERE she came from and HOW she had managed to live independently well into her sixth decade!

Death in a Chocolate Box ‘A Footslog To Fulford

Mary Wilson

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Death in a Chocolate Box


“The history of York is the history of England.” ~ King George VI

With the coming of dusk and the door of an atelier closed for the day – it is possible to catch a glimpse of a celebrated miniaturist and storyteller clad in her distinctive black feline boots wandering through the snickelways and secret passages of York in a quest to wake the dead.

And for those of a curious and hardy temperament – why not come along and listen to the Lady Brigante as she shares with you the tales of the illustrious, the miscreants, artists, misfits and those ordinary folk who have ALL been lost to history – until now!

However, for those of a sensitive nature who are averse to real stories of tears, heartache and tragedy – a meander through the fascinating streets of York with Lady B may NOT be to your taste.

Welcome to Death in a Chocolate Box!

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And if you would like to dig deeper and take a peek at the bundles of old documents, burial records and hear the untold tales of nefarious deeds and suspicious deaths from the exclusive ‘ChocBox’ archives – find your way to the membership site Patreon and step inside the twilight world of Lady Brigante!