Ask the Experts: An Interview!

We are about to enter a jam-packed genealogical extravaganza of a year with some huge exhibitions planned for 2019. It feels like more and more people are taking the plunge and diving into their family history. With this in mind, I’ve asked six genealogical experts (including me), six questions about their top tips, 2019 predictions, favourite sites and toolbox essentials. You might recognise some of … Continue reading Ask the Experts: An Interview!

7 Genealogy Nightmares for Halloween

Just for a bit of fun I thought I’d list my top genealogy horror moments. I’m sure you’ve all had them too. Happy Halloween! 1 John Smith That moment when you discover a mother’s maiden name was Smith, Clark(e), Davi(e)s or Williams. Worse still Mary Williams married John Smith. Born in the 1820s, they’ve moved from their home towns and your now trying to find … Continue reading 7 Genealogy Nightmares for Halloween

A Trip to the Past, via Chepstow

Our journey starts in the back of an old Ford Capri…. By Kieran White from Manchester, England (1988 Ford Capri 280) CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons Travelling to Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. To see my Great-Gran [Zellah]. A journey to another world – an exotic visit to a far away land. The voices are different. And there’s funny writing on all the signs. Crammed into … Continue reading A Trip to the Past, via Chepstow

Signatures: A Mark In Time

I love to look at the signatures of my ancestors. For me, their mark, leaves a tangible sign that they existed – not just as names on a pedigree chart but as individuals, with different personalities and variable life experiences. In many cases a signature will be the only “visual” I will find of them. I like to imagine them holding the pen, dipping it … Continue reading Signatures: A Mark In Time