As a professional genealogist with an interest in tombstone symbolism – Tee Bylo is a seeker of elusive ancestors and a wanderer of graveyards.
And with her passion for family history, storytelling and Victorian crime – Tee is the creative director for Death in a Chocolate Box which offers unique walking tours through the snickelways of her home town inspired by the unfortunate tales of long-forgotten folk.
Tee is also a sometime artist and her work includes ‘Small Worlds’ in 12th scale and figurative clay sculpture.
Among the groaning shelves of archives, old books and fauna, tubs of paints, the odd pot of glue, baskets of clay, and other strange looking implements incuding a stuffed crow – she can usually be found huddled inside her cluttered study or atelier.
There will usually be a feline or two of eccentric temperament in attendance.
Tee resides in the City of York.
“Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?”
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
genealogist. grave hunter.
“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”~ Bernard Shaw
Is there a genealogical riddle or even an absurdity which has you intrigued or perplexed?
With access to the local repositories and archives throughout North Yorkshire – Tee loves working with those who wish to solve the mysteries of their family history.
Or are you in search of that final resting place of an ancestor from the ancient City of York or beyond?
Death Becometh Her?
As my interest has been piqued as of late by the welcome appearance of several Yorkshire lasses within my clan recently discovered including thrice-wed grandmothers, social reformers, lunatics and unmarried mothers – my feelings of female solidarity have been awakened.
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.
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.
#TeeBylo #DeadSleuth #YorkyHistoryLass
JOin Tee for tea?
As every penny I earn keeps me happy with access to genealogical research, parish records, newspaper archives, and probate deeds along with precious opportunities to explore those graveyards – every lovely human who believes in my work makes me VERY happy too!
See YOU on the other side?
TO THIS SILENT LAND?
For all of those genealogy tales, ancestor gossip AND the whispers from the graveyard – subscribe AND bring forth EVERY snippet of chatter direct to your inbox!