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 […]

The Importance of your Local Archive Centres

By |November 14th, 2016|

Saturday 19th November 2016 is the start of a weeklong ‘Explore your Archives’ campaign organised by The National Archives.  This annual event helps to highlight, many of the thousands of different records that are held in local archive centres in the UK and Ireland. 

Although there are numerous family history records available online, this is still […]

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 […]