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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]