I soon learnt my first lesson; don’t believe everything you find, in particular as the result of a transcription error in the 1881 census, I spent six weeks searching the General Record Office Indexes for the birth of my great grandfather who did not exist. I later established that Calvin had become Edwin in the census transcription, I soon learnt to view the original images!
Notwithstanding this setback I made steady progress and on joining the Sussex Family History Group was in touch with others researching the Hollebone line, which is mainly centred in East Sussex, and I was able to trace my mothers paternal line back to John Hollebone who died in East Blatchington in 1566.
Encouraged by this success I decided to divert my attention to my paternal line and find out about the Dyson’s. After some lateral thinking I traced the missing Joseph, registered as Joseph Dizon, it must be that Worcestershire accent. And so started my discovery of my family back to about 1440 the detail of which is included in the following pages.