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Brick Walls: Unknown Birthplace

One of the most frustrating brick walls in genealogy is when you cannot find an ancestor in the local baptism registers, and they have died before the 1851 census when specific places of birth were given.  You might even have … Continue reading

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Short History of Immigration in the UK and how to search the records

In the light of recent political events, immigration is a subject that has been very much on my mind lately. While not wishing to get on any kind of political soap box here, as a professional genealogist I am very aware that many, if not most, of us are the descendants of immigrants, without, perhaps, even realising it. Continue reading

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Brexit, Trump and Pandora’s Box – some thoughts on 2016

This is a little bit of a deviation from the usual subject matter of genealogy here.  But in the aftermath of the American Election, I felt the need to put pen to paper and post it somewhere.  However, it does … Continue reading

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How to deal with a Wobbly Ancestor

We probably all have one.  And I don’t mean an ancestor who drank too much (though we probably all have a few of those too!).  What I mean is an ancestor who you are around 70-90% sure is your ancestor, … Continue reading

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Are you in the Family of Lancelot “Capability” Brown?

This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot Brown, who went on to create some of the greatest landscaped gardens of England. Continue reading

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The 1939 Register – Why is It Important?

I am very excited about the forthcoming release of the 1939 Register on FindMyPast.co.uk. This is going to be very useful for people tracing ancestors and relatives after the 1911 census – and not only that, future genealogists will find it indispensable to bridge the gap made by the lack of census records between 1921 and 1951. Continue reading

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Can You Trace Ancestry for Free?

If you are thinking of tracing your ancestry, you may be wondering exactly what and how much you can do for free, and what the minimum amount you will have to spend if you continue with your tree for the long term. Continue reading

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Are You in Lord Nelson’s Family Tree?

I have attempted to find as many descendants as possible of Nelson, his parents and grandparents. Continue reading

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Women of World War I – Dorothy Read – Woman of the Future

This is the last in my series of blog posts about my grandmother and her six sisters. This one is about the youngest, but perhaps most enterprising of the seven girls. Continue reading

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Women During WWI – My Grandmother – and a Mystery Sweetheart?

In my series looking at my female ancestors and their experiences of World War I, we have now come to my own maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Reid. Obviously I knew a bit more about her before I began my research. She … Continue reading

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