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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 […]
April 3, 2017
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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2017

It’s that time of year again! The annual Society of Genealogists’ Who Do You Think You Are? Live event is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 6 – […]
March 19, 2017
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The Ancestry of Famous People – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In recent years, programme’s like Who Do You Think You Are have made us more familiar with the ancestry of famous people. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), the only US President to serve […]
March 15, 2017

Why should I research my Family Tree?

A natural question when someone first thinks about finding out more about their ancestors is “what will I get out of it?” It fascinates us how many different answers there can be […]
April 19, 2013
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Chances for Success with Family History Research

Every day, there is an ever-increasing volume of family research projects launched, and the media is now full of adverts promoting various ancestry programmes. Researching your family history can become lost in […]
April 18, 2013
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Researching Your Family in UK, Australia and New Zealand

Among the pleasures of family history are that it gives us a better understanding of the history of the times when our ancestors lived. It also makes the world a smaller place. […]
April 11, 2013
Research Through People

Emigration and Immigration – why did they leave home?

Something that we frequently come across in family history research is ancestors who have left Great Britain to go abroad; and others who have left their homeland to come to Great Britain. […]