The GRO Searchable Database

By |February 6th, 2018|

A Brief Background:
Unlike Scotland, the birth, marriage and death certificates for England and Wales have never been available online. After many years of campaigning the General Records Office (GRO) was given permission from the Government to produce PDF non-certified copies of these certificates in 2015. You can read more about Civil Registration system here: […]

Genealogy and the Future

By |January 20th, 2018|

Christmas and the New Year celebrations are almost a distant memory. January is coming to a close, and some New Year resolutions have already been broken.  The New Year is traditional a time to look towards a future which has yet to be written.

Some people say that Genealogy is all about our history and will […]

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 […]

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 […]