I set out trying to understand the relationship between all the SPURRETTs, SPURRITTs, SPORRYTTs, SPURRIERs, SPEARRITTs, SPIRRITs and all the other permutations of my family name that have resulted from centuries of illiteracy and bad spelling.
Then I became fascinated by the lives of regular people through the ages – the social history of people that barely scratched the surface of historical records.
As this has consumed a far bigger part of my life than I originally intended, the time has come to share what I found out.
The next step was to figure out how to get a web-site up and running. As you can see, I have just about worked out how to do the basics but the content is still work in progress, so bear with me …