Parish Registers

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...

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The shire for Men who Understand

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...

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Making sense of the Census

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...

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Electronic Family History 2

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...

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Electronic Family History

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...

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What other stories would your ancestors tell?

What other stories would your ancestors tell? I deliver an engaging family history 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...

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What stories would your ancestors tell?

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....

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2016 Blog Summary

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...

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Searching for William

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...

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The Lopsided Barge

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. Where do we start? My story starts in Prickwillow, Cambridgeshire. The...

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