Four Arches bridge at the end of the DIngles

Why ColeValleyGirl?

image: Interior of a billet with bunk beds and Women's Land Army girls preparing for bed.

One woman's war

Photograp of a willow gragon in a wood

Here be dragons

Recent work in progress

Picture of the GRO in Southport

Using BMD indices for England and Wales

Process, Records
I've been doing some research over the past few months that makes extensive use of the new indices recently published by the GRO of their birth and death registers for England and Wales. There are techniques available now that were not available without them. There have been online indices of the...
The church at Llanfair Nant Y Gof, Pembrokeshire

Books for Welsh Research

There is much in common between researching family history in Wales and England, but there is also very much that is different — like the use of patronymic naming, and the resultant limited variety in surnames; the prevalence of non-conformity, even the Welsh language itself as it is used in place...
 A postcard view of the British ocean liner "RMS Andania" of the Cunard Line

Wrights across the Pond

Wright, Records
One of the pleasures of revisiting my family history research is taking the time to fill in details I previously skipped over, either because I didn't know enough to do the research competently or the relevant records weren't available online and I couldn't/can't visit the archives in the USA and...