I wanted to thank all of you for your custom and family history research enquires since the business started in 2013. A lot has happened in the past year and I would like to bring you up to date.

The most important change is that I am now a qualified genealogist having past the 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies with Strathclyde University.  It was a hard course but ultimately enjoyable and very informative.  The final part of the course was a dissertation for which I researched the lives of the early Victorian deaf and dumb in East Yorkshire. This is now in the process of becoming an article for the Your Family Tree magazine early in 2016, and the results of my research will be published in the next Deaf History Journal.

Early last month the Leaves website (www.leavesfamilyhistory.co.uk) was redesigned so it is more user-friendly and compatible for any mobile device (without the adverts for Duda mobile).  The site now has its own dedicated blog page which I will add to once a month.  If you would like to be informed when a new blog is uploaded you can ‘like’ either my Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ page.  (the website links are given below). These pages pass on any family history updates I think you would be interested in. If you have any special interests for family history topics or areas of research please let me know and I will look out for any updates for you.

This year also saw the launch of our online course.  This is a 6 module course initially aimed at beginners, however many more experienced researchers have found it very useful.  You can work through each module at your own pace (there is no deadline to finish it) and research your own family with the added benefit of my experience and knowledge to guide you.  Each module includes a short lecture, guidance notes and some activities for you to complete. In all cases there is no extra cost as we only use websites that are free to use.

In March this year I was privileged to be asked to do some family history research for the Who Do You Think You Are? television programme.  Of course I am not allowed to divulge who the celebrity was. J  Unfortunately the ancestors of this celebrity did not have an interesting story to tell, so the celebrity was not featured in the recent series.

I am pleased to announce that next year Leaves will be sponsoring GenJourneys to host Family History presentations on a cruise in the USA. More details can be obtained at: http://genaandjean.blogspot.co.uk/

I have always held the belief that if you receive something useful, you should give something back, and I have been doing this for over a year by volunteering for three organisations. FreeBMD and FreeREG are sister websites that are giving us free access to GRO indexes and parish registers. I have used these extensively for many years and became a volunteer transcriber for FreeBMD last year and FreeReg this year. In addition I have also been working with the East Riding Archives, Beverley on their WW1 lives project, researching the lives of servicemen with a connection to Beverley.

If you are planning to visit the Who Do You Think You are? Show in Birmingham next April look out for me.  I will be assisting on the APG and Strathclyde University stands on the Saturday.  I would be very pleased to meet you all.

Please remember Leaves Family History if you need any further genealogical help and don’t forget to pass on our details to your friends and family.

Wishing all of our past customers a very happy Christmas and fulfilling New Year.

Website links:

Web: www.leavesfamilyhistory.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/leavesfamilyhistory

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leavesfamhist

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Regards

Anne Sherman

Leaves Family History Research Services

Mobile: 07534 071205 (M-F 10am – 6pm)