Imaginative Ancestry #5: A PEST in Cobbett’s England!


Imaginative ancestry means creating a picture in your mind’s eye of the conditions in which your ancestors, or a particular group of them, lived. But you won’t create this picture by looking at birth certificates, probate documents, old photographs, newspaper clippings; you need to get in amongst the historical context of the decade, century, era … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry #5: A PEST in Cobbett’s England!

How the English Poor Law Can Affect YOUR Family History.


Diving down into family history “rabbit holes” is a daily temptation, and one which many professional genealogists tell us to avoid. My recently posted family search strategy was designed to keep me out of rabbit holes ...... but the flesh is weak! I came across one such hole a couple of days back and burrowed … Continue reading How the English Poor Law Can Affect YOUR Family History.

Ancestors forged in iron!


The only sounds now are the calls of the Jackdaws in the swaying rustling trees and the gurgling of the River Duddon just 50 metres away. Once, these woods reverberated to the pounding of hammers, the squeaks of wheelbarrows, the swish of a water wheel, and the roaring of an early Industrial Revolution iron blast … Continue reading Ancestors forged in iron!

DNA test results and my favourite science hero!


My DNA test results arrived today and it goes to show how much I am into full genealogy history mode as I research and blog about my family tree. Somewhat bizarrely as I read the opening introduction stuff I thought about Watson & Crick studying the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, the molecule containing our ancestral … Continue reading DNA test results and my favourite science hero!

A month of learning about genealogy: 5 tips from a beginner!


Reflection is an essential aspect of learning, and if you subscribe to the Kolb process of learning experientially then it is the 2nd step of 4 that leads to positive change. And THAT is the crux of all learning being equated with change ...... no change equals no learning! I have been researching my ancestry … Continue reading A month of learning about genealogy: 5 tips from a beginner!