Websites and Professional Researchers

By |October 15th, 2016|

You will be forgiven for believing that professional genealogists have access to more websites than the private researcher, but sadly this is not the case.

Genealogy is big business today with a range of free and subscription websites to help us research our family histories.  Whilst some of the most well-known websites allow researchers to use […]

Fun Stuff in the 1911 Census

By |September 19th, 2016|

As you may be aware the 1911 census in England and Wales differs from previous census returns, in that we see the actual household schedule completed by our ancestors, rather than the enumerators’ books.  This has led to some very interesting finds which, under normal circumstances, the enumerator would not have copied.

As with all forms […]

Free Family History Research?

By |August 12th, 2016|

Can family history research be free?

When I first started to research my family history over 30 years ago, I was told it was a very expensive hobby as you had to purchase many birth, marriage and death certificates and you MUST go to London to do it properly.  Well I did not do any of […]

Copyright and Genealogy

By |June 30th, 2016|

The issue of copyright is not always a topic associated with family history research and yet its affects both the professional and amateur researcher.
What is copyrighted?
Some people are confused about what is copyrighted and believe that a piece of work has to be professionally printed or registered to be protected by the copyright law.  In […]

What clients need to know about Professional Research.

By |April 28th, 2016|

Perhaps one of the hardest concepts I have had to explain to amateur researchers is the difference between private and professional research.  With many records now being available online and indexed for us, some clients do not fully appreciate how long trawling through non indexed records can actually take.   Added to that, professional researchers have […]

How reliable are Parish Registers?

By |April 3rd, 2016|

Family historians, who have used actual parish registers rather than online indexes, may be aware that in some cases registers may be missing or damaged, preventing records being found.  What researchers may not be aware of is how unreliable parish records can be.

During my time as a genealogist and a transcriber for the FreeReg […]

How school log books can give your ancestor character!

By |March 3rd, 2016|

A partial spotlight was thrown on school records last year when Find My Past digitalised many of them, however articles appear to focus on the admission registers, which although can give some basic details, cannot show you who your ancestors really was.

Log books were a daily record of life in the school usually written […]

Brick walls or just pit stops?

By |January 29th, 2016|

Many family history researchers will encounter a ‘brick wall’ in their research at some point, but how many are true brick walls and how many are just pit stops due to poor research skills or records that are not online?

I often look at genealogical forums to see if I can offer any assistance where others […]

A 1638 Migration from Rowley, Yorkshire to America

By |January 21st, 2016|

In 1638 the Rev. Ezekiel Rogers and his parishioners are said to have migrated from Rowley, East Yorkshire to Massachusetts, America and started a new settlement which he named Rowley. However there is some confusion regarding his companions and if they were actually from the parish of Rowley, and also the lack of parish registers […]

RIP Family Tree Maker?

By |December 23rd, 2015|

Earlier this month (December) Ancestry announced they would not be producing new versions of their Family Tree Maker (FTM) programme, and will stop supporting current software at the end of next year.  So what does this mean to current users?

The main effects will be losing the link to the Ancestry website with regards to online […]