Category Archives: European Ancestors

Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe (Pharos Course)

Part of the European Ancestors Series For much of the last year, I have been writing and updating my Researching Ancestors in Continental Europe material. The final tweaks have been done, and now the Pharos course is available to book – … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Europeans Beyond Europe – Jewish & German Migration to China

Part of the European Ancestors Series With the rise of the Nazi regime in Germany in the early 1930’s, it was becoming a period of concern for the Jewish population. There had always been Jews in other parts of the world, … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Europeans Beyond Europe – The Holocaust in North Africa and Beyond

Part of the European Ancestors Series By 1942 the Holocaust has spread from Europe to North Africa into the Middle East. There was a mixture of native Jewish rounded up within countries in North Africa and some Jewish that had … Continue reading

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Italian Surname Series – Saia and Saja

One of the tasks in the Introduction to One-Name Studies course is to consider the meanings of the surname of interest, and in some cases there is more than one meaning and more that one country of origin. Having written … Continue reading

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Middle Names and Surnames (#SurnameSeries)

I have not written about given names or middle names previously, but often these can provide insight into the history of a family or perhaps the links to family and, or friends. Many of us have middle names, given to … Continue reading

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Presentation – Researching Displaced People

My next scheduled talk is Researching Displaced People which takes place on Saturday 13 February 2021, at 2pm GMT.  You can read more about the talk on the Society of Genealogists website HERE where you are also able to book … Continue reading

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Researching in European Ancestors – East and West

Over recent years I have given a number of lectures about researching in Europe, either in person or online. The one thing that is consistent across delivering the presentation in both formats is the amount of questions. I am not … Continue reading

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Researching Displaced People – Webinar

Today I shall be presenting a webinar to members of the Virtual Genealogical Association. To read all about the VGA please click HERE. The webinar, Researching Displaced People will begin at 11 am Eastern US time. The handout is comprehensive … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – British in Russia (Part 10)

This post is part of a series of 10 posts about the British Community in Russia. You can read the complete series HERE Researching Russian Surnames When researching European families it is sometimes much easier to focus on the surname … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – British in Russia (Part 9)

This post is part of a series of 10 posts about the British Community in Russia. You can read the complete series HERE In this post we are going to look at some further considerations: Records in Russia are held … Continue reading

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