2017 Blog Summary

I published 10 blogs in 2017, based on the talks I conduct on researching ancestors.

Here is a review of each blog and the stories researched and the sources of information that were invaluable to me. Have a look, and click on the title of those that take your interest, you wish to re-read or those that you missed during the year.


December: Using Social Media for your Family History

In your family history research you have probably stumbled upon social media or used it. Social Media is an ideal platform for communicating, collaborating and networking. It is becoming a very popular way to communicate and share your family history with family, friends and followers. Why use social media for family history?


November: We Will Remember Them

We will remember them’ is an engaging talk about my research into my Grand Uncle’s World War One service. Discovering a letter from a relative encouraged me to uncover the real story behind Alfred’s sacrifice for Great Britain (all the more poignant due to his upbringing). The talk explores the journey Alfred takes from Australia to the battlefields of France in 1914. What stories might your World War One ancestors tell?


October: Our ancestors 1939-1945

The 2nd World War is becoming an increasingly important area of study. Many records are closed for data protection, or are they? What sources are available for tracking our ancestors at this crucially important time of their lives and how can you access them?


September: Parish Registers

When family historians reach 1837 they start to use Parish Registers. Church and religion was the focus of many peoples lives for centuries (political, social and spiritual activities)

  • What do Parish Registers tell us about our ancestors?
  • Why were Parish Registers created and by whom?
  • Where do you now find Parish Registers?
  • What do you do when you can’t find your ancestors in the Parish Registers?


July: The shire for Men who Understand

When you think of Cambridgeshire you perhaps picture the University, the fens or the RAF / USAAF airbases of World War Two. There is a rich collection of family history records for Cambridgeshire, held online or through their libraries, the Cambridgeshire Family History Society and Cambridgeshire Archives. Explore these records in the context of the social and local history of the County…


June: Making sense of the Census

The UK Census is perhaps the most important source for research in conjunction with birth, marriage and death records. How can we use the census effectively? Did the first useful census for family historians appear in 1841? How might we use the census for understanding the lives of our ancestors, beyond the family unit? Review what you do know, and discover what you don’t know about this important genealogical resource.


May: Electronic Family History 2

With the popularity of Electronic Family History I receive requests for further resources, hence the design and delivery of Electronic Family History 2 (for an intermediate level).


April: Electronic Family History

With the widespread use of the Internet or World Wide Web for family history, where do you start? Which websites should you use, and where can you find the right data for your family among the billions of records? Explore the key techniques, resources and top tips for finding your ancestors and their stories.


March: What other stories would your ancestors tell?

For those that have begun their family history research and want to continue discovering their ancestors using proven research techniques. If you are just starting your research then my February blog; What stories would your ancestors tell? is the one for you. This blog takes February a stage further.


February: What stories would your ancestors tell?

For beginners this blog discusses how to start discovering your ancestors using proven research techniques. Key techniques, resources and top tips for finding your ancestors and their stories are explored.



I hope you have enjoyed this years series of 10 blogs. Continue to follow me with my newsletter (register here) for further updates, and of course my free Top Tips for researching your family history.

Why not have a look at my summary of blogs from previous years? What stories might your ancestors tell?

Blog summary 2016
Blog summary 2015
Blog summary 2014

Robert Parker is a Genealogist and Trainer, based in Kent. He delivers courses, guidance, talks and research services for those interested in tracing their ancestors. See https://myfamilygenealogy.co.uk/guidance/ for his 5 steps to discovering your ancestors. Contact Robert to discuss your requirements without obligation.

What stories might your ancestors tell?

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