I recently posted a question online that had been puzzling me for some time. "What name do we give ourselves when we refer to our hobby and what we do? Are you a Genealogist or a Family Historian, or something entirely different?" Is there actually a difference and at the end of the day, does … Continue reading Are you a Genealogist or Family Historian?
As family historians we are accustomed to telling the stories of our ancestors and breathing life into the historic documents that we discover, whilst researching our family trees. Many of us are natural story tellers and the way in which we tell those stories is different for all of us. The important thing to remember … Continue reading Every Voice Matters
This blog is a guest blog from a good friend who has been a regular supporter of my blog from the early days and she has written a thought provoking blog which I hope you all enjoy, so here is Nicola's blog. We live in a world where anything which is not geared towards making money, … Continue reading Genealogy – Is There a Point?
Are you new to genealogy or an experienced researcher? Either way, we can always do with a little bit of help with our research. In this mini-series written for Family Tree Magazine, I have looked at some of the main subscription websites and have put together a series of hints, tips and cheats for each … Continue reading My Genealogy Hints, Tips and Cheats Mini-Series
My Genie friend Caroline McCulloch ("Coach Carole") has kindly allowed me to share with you her latest ecourse for people that are new to blogging. The online six part course covers every aspect of blogging, from choosing a host site, designing your website and posting your first blogs. Blogging In The Past Lane "Years ago, … Continue reading Blogging in the Past Lane
Another day, another podcast! This time something a little bit different, two guys chatting down the pub (minus the pub and beer of course), all things history, genealogy and family related and putting the world to rights. I even manage to squeeze some Lego in there as well!!!! Looking back at history, how we fit … Continue reading Out of the Blank Podcast
I was recently invited by Australian Genealogist Carole McCulloch, to take part in a podcast interview, to discuss all things Genealogy related and my role as the writer of the 'Dear Paul' column for family tree magazine. Carole is an author, storyteller, family historian, teacher and now podcast host, if you want to visit her … Continue reading “Enthusiastic Amateur” Podcast
A lot of our family tree is based on numbers, we are obsessed with them, birth dates, marriage dates, death dates and census returns. Thanks to the wonders of technology, we can now crunch these numbers from our family tree software programmes. Whatever software you use, there is usually a way of representing your family … Continue reading My Family Tree in Numbers
Before the start of WW1, the British Army comprised of approximately 700,000 men of which 250,000 were regulars, 250,000 territorials and 200,000 reservists. By the end of WW1, it’s estimated that 8.7 million men and women had served in the British Army. So, the chances of you having an ancestor who served in WW1 is … Continue reading How to Research a WW1 Soldier