Category Archives: Books

LibraryThing – #LibrariesWeek

I joined LibraryThing back in October 2005, paying the fee of $25 for a lifetime account which enabled me to list more than 200 books. (The fee was removed circa 2019). My plan was to catalogue all of my books, … Continue reading

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Library Memories #LibrariesWeek

As I looked for something yesterday I came across my school reports from my middle school. Along with them was a letter thanking me for a donation to the school library, the year I left middle school, which was 1981. … Continue reading

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Favourite Genealogical Library – Society of Genealogists #LibrariesWeek

The ultimate genealogical library  in the UK in my view is the Society of Genealogists. I first visited in 1989 and purchased a small booklet about the Society which provided a brief guide; the location and directions, what is available … Continue reading

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Genealogical Libraries – #LibrariesWeek

I talked about Guildford library yesterday and we stay with that location for today’s post. Guildford library housed, when I began my genealogical and local history research, a rather fantastic set of local history material located on the top floor … Continue reading

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Library Memories – #LibrariesWeek

When I close my eyes I can still remember Guildford library(1); as it was when I was a child. The library didn’t just have books, but a fascinating card system which housed the card from the book that subsequently was … Continue reading

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Wigtown – #50Before50

Languishing on my Before 50 list was a visit to the Wigtown. For those who love to read may well know Wigtown for the being the National book town in Scotland. So when an opportunity to head north of the … Continue reading

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Book Review – Diary 1944, A Return Ticket to the Past by Carla Van Beers

Carla van Beers’ story begins when she finds a mysterious English diary from the Second World War in a secondhand shop in her native Netherlands. She delivers a mixture of intrigue and investigations as she describes her quest to trace … Continue reading

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Researching Surnames – A Guide to One-Name Studies.

Over the summer, I spent time working on a revised edition of the Surname Guide – A Guide to One-Name Studies. The booklet will be available to purchase from the Guild of One-Name Studies and Amazon. The PDF version will … Continue reading

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Book Review – Son of Mine by Peter Papathanasiou

In this beautifully written memoir Peter Papathanasiou tells the story of two lives: his own, and that of his mother. From a starting point in modern Australia, the book reaches back to the period after the Second World War, focusing … Continue reading

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European Ancestors

Over the course of the last few months I have been pondering on some genealogical housekeeping. That includes my blogging platform and website. I have already gradually merged another blog into this one and as that was relatively painless, I … Continue reading

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