Category Archives: A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies

A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies Z is for Zoology

I am sure there are a number of genealogists out there pondering how zoology could be linked to genealogy. I was curious too. One of my Butcher ancestors, migrated from Surrey in 1814, selling the family home and most of … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies Y is for Your Family

As genealogists we work back, from ourselves, through our parents and their generation, to our grandparents and great grandparents, but in addition to that, we are surely also part of the narrative. We are part of our family and that … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies T is for Tartans

Tartans are a significant part of Scottish identity and heritage; though not every surname is represented by a tartan. People traditionally where a tartan which reflects their surname or an associated family. Alternatively they may decide to wear the tartan … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies S is for Special Events

Perhaps an unusual specialised study is focusing on special events, those around a certain theme, or events that took place during a specific time period. A special event that is topical for the current climate, on a global scale, is … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies Q is for Questions

As any genealogist will tell you research begins with a question, researched to find an answer and then several questions emerge and off we go again! This roundabout of reflection, questions, learning happens of course quite seamlessly, to the point … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies P is for Places – Towns, Villages and Hamlets

We all call somewhere home and home might not be where we live. I lived in Devon for more than 20 years, and in the whole of that time, it never, not once felt like home. When we relocated 400 … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies O is for Occupation

The Channel Islands were during the Second World War, occupied by the Nazis and the lives of the Islanders changed perhaps for ever. It of course, was not just the Islanders, whose lives were irrevocably changed, but those too of … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies N is for Names

Those who frequent this blog would have likely known that N had to be for Names! Our names are a way of highlighting us, as individuals, linking to our past both in terms of our people and our history. There … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies M is for Mining

I wrote quite recently on Sicilians who worked the sulphur mines in Sicily. In terms of the United Kingdom, over the centuries we have mined, with some success (and failings), coal, tin, copper, slate and even gold. Further afield Opal … Continue reading

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A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies L is for Genealogical & Historical Learning

The best way of learning is to be inspired by someone or a group of someones. Many genealogists and indeed others too, say that “school history was learning to dry facts for two years in order to get an O … Continue reading

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