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July 24, 2020
family ancestry search

Long Lost Family – Tracing and Reuniting Family Members

This is for those of you who have long-lost family members due to the sad situation where children have been given away for adoption or been foundlings, and so lost contact with […]
July 10, 2020
nhs health and family genealogy

How can tracing our ancestors and family genealogy protect the NHS and our health?

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us realise just how important health is to all of us, both our own health and the health of the nation and indeed the world. People ask […]
July 3, 2020
Family search records

Ancestry Search Stories from Britain to Australasia

Many of you exploring your family’s past will have relatives who went abroad; or live overseas, in this case, in Australia or New Zealand, but with ancestors from England, Scotland, Wales or […]
June 26, 2020
English family wedding

Researching your English Family History

This is for those of you who have ancestors from the green and pleasant land of England. To give you an idea of what may be involved in bringing your English ancestors […]
June 19, 2020
1711 marriage records

Family Search Genealogy – Finding and Reading Old Records

“I’ve finally found this old record for my ancestor – but I can’t read it!” It’s a common complaint! Much of family search genealogy is about the expertise to know where to […]
June 12, 2020
Silverae house in Ardrossan

Researching Your House Through Time

What I want to talk about, as opposed to researching your ancestors and where they came from, is researching the house that you live in. People come and say, “I live in […]
June 2, 2020
Family Reunion

Family Reunion – Acting out the Ancestors Part 2

BACK TO THE FAMILY FUTURE continues with Joseph Lough, Eliza Dobson, Edward Dobson and Lucy Lough bringing the ancestors to life. Act 3: 1856 The sound quality in the video is poor […]
June 2, 2020
St Leonards church family reunion

Family Reunion – Welcome and Acting out the Ancestors Part 1

This Family Reunion was held in St Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch in the East End of London where the Lough and Dobson families worshipped in the 19th century. BBC2’s Bafta-winning comedy ‘Rev‘, […]
May 29, 2020

How Family History can help us during COVID-19

We are the chosen, called to find our ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow those who […]
May 21, 2020

What do Taylor Swift, Richard Gere and I have in common?

“What do Taylor Swift and I have in common?” I asked my grandchildren as I put them to bed. “Not a lot” came the reply. “What about Richard Gere and me?” “Certainly […]
May 16, 2020

400th Anniversary of the Mayflower

400 years ago, 102 passengers set sail from England to the New World on a ship called the Mayflower. Among the passengers was Richard Warren, one of George English’s ancestors This 5 […]
May 11, 2020

American and Canadian Ancestor Stories

We’ve made this video for those of you who had ancestors who emigrated from Britain to USA or Canada. Migration’s fascinating, why does someone leave one place and go somewhere else? There’s […]