Category Archives: Genealogy

Encouraging children to take an interest in their genealogy

What motivates children to take an interest in genealogy? Continue reading

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WANTED: Dead Or Alive

Killing off your relatives is a crucial part of your work…. as a genealogist, not as a marauding tyrant. Continue reading

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POLL: At what age were you when you started your family tree/genealogy research?

POLL: At what age were you when you started your family tree/genealogy research? Continue reading

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Could the dead help you grow your family tree?

Hallowe’en Special: Could the dead help you grow your family tree by contacting you from beyond the grave? Continue reading

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Elveden and the Brightwells

One of the family trees that I am currently climbing has a bit of an evolutionary name. The most recent incarnations in the late-19th century are ‘Brightle’, ‘Brightley’ and ‘Brightly’ as found in Littleport and Little Downham fenland, Cambridgeshire. The … Continue reading

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There’s something about Mary…

A few weeks ago I wrote about my Clarke/Bailey family at Hartismere Union Workhouse. In that posting, I mentioned that whilst I had located the Bailey/Clarke family group, the wife (my gtx4 grandmother – Mary Bailey née Clarke) was missing … Continue reading

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Family x2 x2 x2 x2 and so on…

I like to think that I can pop back many generations on both sides of my tree and name all the surnames that I’ve been able to ‘collect’ – apart from those where there’s illegitimacy. I’m going to type out … Continue reading

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Visiting the tree of knowledge

In May this year, I return to education. I’ve been toying with it for years but I finally sent off the paperwork (and cheque!), so I begin my way up the Undergraduate ladder. At the moment, my first module of … Continue reading

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Crossing the Royal Standard

Taking a trip back in time to Mr Cross’ tea shop on Forehill. Continue reading

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The Mystery and The Monkey

James Martin (1851-1934), originally uploaded by familytreeuk. The December issue of the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ magazine features my photograph in their ‘Over To You’ section (page 36). I’m pleased to see it in print – it’s … Continue reading

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