Could your Ancestors Read and Write?

By |November 18th, 2017|

Marriage records after 1753 contain the signatures or marks of our ancestors, and these are often seen as evidence of our ancestors’ ability to read and write.  One of the biggest mistakes family historians can make, however, is to assume that if they made their mark, then they must have been illiterate – meaning they […]

Graves – Looking for Dead People.

By |October 16th, 2017|

Do not worry; this is not a blog about the Macabre or even Halloween, which is just around the corner. It is in fact what all family history researchers do – search for dead people, namely our ancestors graves.

Whilst many researchers stick to online records and those held in archives, there is one place which […]

The 4 Main Genealogy Records

By |August 29th, 2017|

There are many records the UK researcher can use, and this article will discuss the four main genealogy records.  Some of these differ depending on which country you are looking at, as some Scottish and Irish records hold different information to each other and English & Welsh records.  Wales was a protectorate of England and […]

Recording your Research in Easy Steps

By |June 20th, 2017|

Recording family history research is probably the one area that many beginners think little about. They may add a tree online with companies such as Ancestry etc., but there is so much more you can do to keep your research organised.
Online Trees
These all have their place in your research and you will need to look […]

Volunteering in Genealogy

By |May 31st, 2017|

As the beginning of June is National Volunteers Week (1st – 7th June 2017) in the UK, I thought it would be a good time to talk about genealogy volunteering.

Online genealogy has quickly become the normal way for many people to research their family history, but have you thought about how these records end up […]

8 Tips to Get Started

By |March 29th, 2017|

I am often asked for advice by those who wish to start researching their family history. Too many times they expect to start on certain well known websites with out doing any background research first.

This quick guide will help you to start your research without making some of the most common mistakes.
1. Always start with […]

NEW – The Journal of Genealogy & Family History

By |February 20th, 2017|

Launching in April 2017, the new Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JGFH) will address the current need for a high quality, peer reviewed publication, covering broad scholarly research in genealogy and family history in a 21st century online format. The journal will be offered to readers and contributors for free, on an open-access, non-commercial […]

So you want to be a Professional Genealogist!

By |February 20th, 2017|

Recently a couple of people have asked for my advice on becoming a Professional genealogist. The answers are not short and simple, as many things need to be taken into consideration. 
Being a Professional Genealogist
I am sure that many professional genealogists will agree that although the work is very interesting, it is not as easy as […]

Report Writing for Professional Genealogists

By |January 16th, 2017|

When I first thought about becoming a Professional Genealogist, my main concern was the requirements of setting up a new business: tax, websites, brand and prices. What I did not plan was my research reports: what they should include, how long they would take to write and if I should charge for writing them.  As […]

Christmas Newsletter 2016

By |December 11th, 2016|

The Christmas and the New Year period is generally a time to reflect over the event of the past year, and it is the same for many businesses.

This year has thrown some unexpected opportunities my way, mainly as a blogger/writer.

At the end of last year part of my Post Graduate dissertation on the lives of […]