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June 2, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]
May 3, 2020
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How surname origins solved a 100 year old claim of royal descent

In Part 2, the example is of Philippe de Lannoy who went over to New England in 1621, where his name was soon changed to Philip Delano. The de Lannoys came from […]
May 1, 2020
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Find out where surnames originate

In Part 1, discover how various types of surnames became established in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and other countries. Learn how the origins of a surname can help to prove and disprove […]
April 29, 2020

Bringing Your Ancestors from Scotland to Life

We’re bringing Scottish ancestors to life, walking in your ancestor’s footsteps. In this piece, we will give you some idea of what may be involved in researching them, and what you can […]
January 24, 2020

When did your ancestor leave Britain for USA or Canada?

During more than 400 years, millions of Britons have emigrated to New England, USA and Canada. So it’s natural that we have many American clients enquiring about their ancestors from England, Scotland, […]
January 24, 2020
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Homecoming visits – walk in your ancestors’ footsteps.

One of the great pleasures of family history is visiting where your ancestors lived. Millions of English, Scots, Welsh and Irish have gone to live in countries all over the world down […]
January 1, 2020

Where Does My Surname Come From?

People often ask us if we know where their surname originated from.  There were no hereditary surnames in Britain in 1066 when the Norman Conquest took place. Surnames gradually became hereditary over […]