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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…


Can’t find a birth certificate? A strategy for illegitimacy

Ancestry Research birth certificate

This is a general reference blog post. We cannot provide advice about how to find a birth certificate. You can of course commission a qualified genealogist to undertake research on your behalf. To hire a genealogist for assistance with locating Read more…


Formularies – what are they and how can they help genealogists?

Draughtsmen's Alphabet

Everyday my mother spends an hour or two with her puzzle book. Puzzles keep her occupied, stimulated and challenged – she felt the same when she was researching her family tree. One of the skills she never harnessed fully was Read more…