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How reliable is my family tree?

How reliable is my family tree - the problem solving process

The simplest answer would be to say no tree is 100% accurate if we are strictly following the paper trail. This would mean that even though we have mitigated against the worst defects by analysing documents, we will be defeated Read more…


‘Poor as this place is, it is still a home’ –

A weaver's room in Spitalfields.

Our Victorian city dwellers moved frequently. After moving house myself I wondered why they moved and what gave them a sense of belonging? How did they find stability moving from lodging house to lodging house? And how did the lack of personal objects hinder memories?


Name variations? What about last AND first name variations?

In 1635 my 10th great grandparents Crispin Hooper and Rebecca Leere married at Charleton in Devon; it was a second marriage for both of them. Both were soaked in middle class gentrified heritage. Crispin had a coat of arms which Read more…


The Coachman’s Story: who were they?

Painting of a stage coach

The original role of the coachman took many guises. He may have worked on the stagecoach, the mail coach, for a doctor, for other professionals, or for families of the middling sort, and of course for the upper classes. It Read more…


Agricultural Labourers: stepping out from the shadows

Ploughing 20th century photo

Three decades or so ago, many family historians would have felt a tinge of disappointment to discover their ancestors were agricultural labourers. Possibly because those working within the farming industry of the 18th, 19th and to some extent the early Read more…


Unmarried mothers and illegitimacy in the 20th century

Much has been written about illegitimacy in the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries, but were things any different for the single mother in the early to mid-twentieth century? Yes and no might be the answer to that question. In the twentieth Read more…


Pulling back the covers! How to blanket search parish registers

Cover of Hempnall Parish Register

In this blog I am going to discuss blanket searching parish registers in England & Wales and how it can benefit your research. I first heard the term used in the 1990s, but have not heard it mentioned much since, Read more…