Blog - family history and ancestor stories.

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 […]
March 19, 2017
RTP Blog

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 18, 2013
Research Through People Blog

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. […]