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September 18, 2020

Ancestry Search: Track Down Your Yorkshire Ancestors

In Ancestry Search, people may ask us to trace their ancestors from a country like England. But, their ancestors often come from a more specific area such as a county. If you […]
September 11, 2020
Surnames of Relationship

Behind Surnames of Relationship: English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh examples 

We explore Surnames of Relationship and the most popular surnames in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Surnames of Relationship include Wilson, McKay, Jones, O’Brien and many many more, as well as clan […]
September 4, 2020

Family Search Genealogy – Correctly Interpreting Records: John Carver of the Mayflower

George English, Director of Research Through People has just published an article ‘Jan Carwet of Leiden: Not the Mayflower Passenger John Carver’ in the SUMMER 2020 issue of the Mayflower Descendant. The Mayflower Descendant is one of […]
August 19, 2020

How to Break Down Brick Walls

Brick Walls. We’re all familiar with them. How on earth do we break them down? We have made this video to give you ideas of approaches and different ways to tackle brick […]
August 14, 2020
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Taylor Swift and me – how cousins become distant

Our video ‘What do Taylor Swift, Richard Gere and I have in common?’ generated a lot of comments. The answer is that we are distant cousins who had an ancestor who sailed […]
August 7, 2020

Where Does Your Local/Place Surname Come From?

My last name is Hill/Wood/London/Scot etc. Surnames. A fascinating topic. People ask us “what does my surname tell me about me, where I’m from, which family?”. Our video Find out where surnames […]
July 31, 2020

Discover your Ayrshire Ancestry

People ask us to uncover the story of their ancestors from a certain country such as Scotland or England. But, of course, they’re often more precise than that. We look at personal […]
July 24, 2020
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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
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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 […]