Category Archives: Research notes

10 Genealogy Goals for 2015 – an update

Back on 1 January this year I set out 10 Genealogy Goals for 2015, a family historian’s ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. “What could possibly go wrong?” I asked (being all too aware of the reasons why I usually refrain from making grand plans). In the event, for the most part things did not go horribly wrong, and I am claiming a success rate… Read more »

Atcherleys on the eve of World War Two – the 1939 Register

A fascinating glimpse into the lives of Atcherley family members across England on the eve of the Second World War has been provided by the release, on Monday, of the 1939 Register. Available at Findmypast, in partnership with The National Archives (TNA), the register is a unique and valuable record. Gathering less information than a census, but more than an… Read more »

Putting the genes into genealogy – Part 1

For many years, genealogists have constructed family trees, or pedigrees, by applying deductive reasoning (and in some cases blind faith or even wishful thinking) to oral and documentary evidence concerning individuals and their family relationships. Computers and the internet have made the records more accessible and furnished new tools for assembling trees, but haven’t changed the underlying process. In recent… Read more »

Who Do You Think You Are? Live, 2015 – Part 1

One of my 10 Genealogy Goals for 2015 was to attend the “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” show, held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 April. That goal has now been achieved – I attended all three days and immersed myself in the full WDYTYA? experience! Note that larger versions of all the photos… Read more »