Picture of a hole in a wall

Making a hole in the wall


It's a very satisfying feeling when you break down a brick wall... even if all this one took was 14 years of effort and finally and belatedly, the application of the FAN principle.


10 Jan 2018
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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.

27 Sep 2017
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Promotional still from the 1938 film The Lady Vanishes,

The Lady Vanishes

Process, Records, Wright

Anyone who has been researching their family history for any length of time will recognise the problem: you find a woman in a census with her parents but after that she falls completely out of sight.  In England and Wales, I find it a particular challenge for women born in the last part of the...

2 Nov 2016
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Image of a young hand in an old one

The Young Ones


It's easy enough to decide what information to publish about living people (clue: none) but what should I record in my family history database?  Anything I do record runs the risk of being published if I have a moment's inattention; but I also...

21 Aug 2016
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Work in progress

Work in Progress

My website has needed an update for a very long time, and I've finally got around to it — or to starting it, at least.  It will always be a work-in-progress, but it now has a brand new look and feel that will (I hope) make me more inclined to update it regularly, especially as my work on reviewing...
14 Mar 2016
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