2018 Blog Summary

I published 11 blogs in 2018, based partly on the family history records for ancestors in other countries. This was following requests from customers, especially from my courses for insights into the genealogy records of countries outside England and Wales. I also featured some of my talks and celebrated the centenary of the RAF.

Here is a short summary of each blog and the sources of information that would be useful to you in your research.

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: Your ancestors in Scotland

Scottish records are sometimes much more detailed and impressive than their English counterparts for Family History research. For example registered events include the names of both parents.

Having Scottish ancestors will enable you to explore detailed ancestry records enabling you to build a detailed family tree.

November: Your ancestors in Asia

The largest, most populated continent, is roughly 30% of the worlds total land area and was the area of some of the very first human populations. There are in total 48 countries. If you have Asian ancestors then this blog can help you get started with tracing them.

I’m taking just 8 of these 48 countries to give you a flavour of what genealogy records may exist across the continent:

  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Russia
  • Thailand

October: Your ancestors in Europe

Do you have family stories, myths or legends about ancestors arriving from Europe hundreds of years ago? Does your skin, hair, eye colour lead you to believe your ancestors weren’t originally British? Do you have more recent experiences of European blood and lineage in your Family History? If so this blog can help you get started with tracing your European Ancestors.

September: Your ancestors in India

The largest democracy in the world. A fast developing, dynamic country with a strong connection to Britain. One that helped shape the dress, culture and food of the ‘mother country’. A country that is confident and independent in the world, having broken the shackles of the British Empire over 70 years ago. A country that features regularly in Who Do You Think You Are? Surely, somewhere your ancestors have a connection with India?

August: The 1939 Register

The 1939 Register is one of the most important contemporary documents available to genealogists (Family Historians). During my new, engaging family history talk I explore:

  • Why is this one of the most important contemporary documents?
  • What are the key differences between the UK Census and the 1939 Register?
  • How can you access the 1939 Register and use it effectively?
  • What are the major pitfalls to avoid?
  • Why can’t I find the person I’m looking for?
  • How can I see my record?

These and many more questions will be answered

July: O Canada! Land of our ancestors

Canada is in North America and is one of the worlds most ethnically and multi-culturally diverse countries. This is a result of 3 centuries of large scale immigration. How can you discover your Canadian Ancestors?

June: The long, white cloud

New Zealand is a place many in the UK know of, even if they haven’t visited. This is probably because of the connection New Zealand has with the United Kingdom. How can you research your Kiwi ancestors and what records are available?

May: I will share more secrets and successes

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April: Up, up and away

You’ll be aware of the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) if you read a newspaper or watch the TV. Continue reading this blog which will enable you to discover more about the RAF and the records that you might discover for your ancestors.

March: Australian Records

The first fleet arrived in Sydney in 1788, since then we have had a fascination with ‘The land down under’. Many of us can claim ancestors from Australia, or find ancestors that travelled to Australia.

February: Talk: Smuggling an accursed thing

Smuggling is an ‘accursed thing’ according to John Wesley, founder of the Methodists. Contraband running was rife along the entire length of the British coast and loud were the voices condemning it.

The inhabitants of many towns and villages bought the smugglers goods and kept their secrets. Even Parish priests and country squires sometimes welcomed the opportunity to purchase cheap wines, spirits and tobacco.

How were the speakers ancestors involved in this ‘accursed thing’. This talk will take you on a journey into the past, with many twists and turns along the way – and a few surprises!


I hope you have enjoyed this years series of 11 blogs. Continue to follow me with my free, monthly newsletter (register here) for further updates, and of course my free Top Tips for researching your family history.

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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.

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