Christmas 1550 in the village of Minehead, Somerset, and over 60 people in the village - family, friends, neighbours - have died of the mysterious sweating disease in the last couple of months.
Christmas again, this time in 1725 in the even smaller village of Stratton, Cornwall. A very hard year, most of the villagers have been suffering from smallpox and over 42 have gone to the grave with the much feared disease.
These and many more stories can open up the lives of our ancestors in south west England.
We're in for a spell of pretty warm weather but please still try and make it along to our SWERD meeting this Wednesday (12:30 at GSV) to hear the stories and join the discussion.
Hope to see you then.