Don’t put off until tomorrow – talk about it this Christmas.

By |November 30th, 2015|

As Christmas draws near some of us will be planning to visit relations or have a family get-together. Often these occasions are one of the few when all of the family meet up (apart from weddings, christenings and funerals), but how often do you discuss family history or traditions?

In the genealogy magazine, Your Family Tree […]

Coats of Arms as Gifts

By |November 3rd, 2015|

As Christmas approaches and thoughts turn to the special gift we can give to friends and family, the catalogues selling personalised gifts nearly always included something along the lines of history of surnames or heraldry merchandise.  These catalogues would have you believe that everyone with the same surnames descends from the same wealthy family or have […]

What Do You Want To Do That For?

By |October 6th, 2015|

The advent of television programmes about family history research has made this hobby so popular, that some people not only believe that all the research is done via the internet but also you can do all the research in a matter of a couple of days.   This can make life quite difficult for the professional […]

Referencing Your Sources

By |October 6th, 2015|

A little time spent now can save hours of work later.

Imagine the scene – you have been researching your family history for years, and you finally share it with a member of your family, who turns around and says “but John did not marry Jane, he married Elizabeth!” OK so now what do you do? […]

Henry VIII and his Legacy to Genealogists

By |July 31st, 2012|

Most people will know Henry VIII had six wives, and some will know that in order to have his marriage to his first wife Catherine of Aragon annulled so he could marry Anne Boleyn, he took the drastic step of splitting from the Catholic Church and became the Head of the Protestant Church of England […]

Finding Danford – solving a 15 year old mystery.

By |July 31st, 2012|

About 16 years ago I started to research my husband’s family history in Norfolk, England. During this research I came across Danford SHARMAN the son of James and Martha and the brother of my husband’s direct ancestor John Valentine SHARMAN. Danford was the 5th of 7 children to James and Martha and according to the […]