What other stories would your ancestors tell?

I deliver an engaging talk 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 talk 2; What stories would your ancestors tell? is the one...

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What stories would your ancestors tell?

I deliver an engaging talk for beginners on how to start discovering your ancestors using proven research techniques. The talk explores the key techniques, resources and top tips for finding your ancestors and their stories. Below is a flavour of this talk and its...

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2016 Blog Summary

I published 10 blogs in 2016, based on my research for my ancestors. Here is a review of each blog and the stories researched, and sources of information that were invaluable to me. Have a look, and click on the title of those that take your interest, or that you have...

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Searching for William

Updated from my July 2015 Blog William travelled to the Gold Coast, immigrating to Perth, Australia in 1925. He married a school teacher. William left his family when his son was 5 years old. During World War Two William's wife sent food parcels to William's family in...

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The Lopsided Barge

How did my ancestor Edward PARKER move from Prickwillow to Colchester? From a malster to a mariner? My professional talk ‘The Lopsided Barge’ explains this incredible journey. Link to an edited version of my Slides, for this Talk ‘The Lopsided Barge’ Where do we...

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The cigar maker and the Hungarian-American Photographer 2

In my October 2015 Blog I detailed the life and times of my cigar maker ancestor James Baker MORRIS and his trip to the USA. So how might you discover details about your ancestors who left the UK?   James Baker MORRIS was born 3 May 1828 1 the son of David MORRIS...

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The Railway Man 2

In my September 2015 Blog I detailed the life and times of my railway clerk ancestor Rowland NEEDS. The Railway Service Journal in September 1926 recorded that Rowland NEEDS retired from the Willow Walk branch of the R.C.A (Railway Clerks Association) in September...

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I come from a land down under…

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.   My July 2015 Blog described the journey I had taken 'down under´...

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The Malster

Reviewing my June 2015 Blog 'Malster to Mariner' got me thinking about the trade of Malster. Edward (my 1st cousin three times removed) who featured in the 2015 Blog and his father (my 2nd great grand uncle) on the 1861 Census are listed as Malsters; these were...

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Hands-on in the archives Two

Reading back through my May 2015 Blog; Hands-on in the archives I discuss using Cambridgeshire Archives and the wealth of archive material suitable for your Family History. Cambridgeshire Archives has been through some consultations over the last year so here is an...

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