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...

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2014 Blog Summary

I published 4 blogs in 2014, based on the research I have conducted into my family tree. 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...

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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,...

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Talk: We Will Remember Them

It seems appropriate at this time of year to write a blog titled '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...

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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?   Link...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Electronic Family History 2

With the popularity of my talk Electronic Family History I received requests for a further talk, hence the design and delivery of Electronic Family History 2 (for an intermediate level). This talk is best delivered following my original talk. With the widespread use...

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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? This talk of mine (Electronic Family History) explores...

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