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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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]