Category Archives: Genealogy

European Ancestors – Migration Series (5) – Enforced Migration

This post is part of a series about European Migration. You can read the complete series HERE. Probably the most obvious example of enforced migration is that of the Jewish population through the Nazi years. Moved to locations at the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Migration Series (4) – Terminology

This post is part of a series about European Migration. You can read the complete series HERE. Migration has lots of terms that are often interchangeable, even though some of them are not aimed at the particular migration group. Emigration … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Migration Series (3) – Migration Tips

This post is part of a series about European Migration. You can read the complete series HERE. Todays post is about Migration Tips: Be open minded, people were more migratory than we think. Whilst many migration journeys were forever, not … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Migration Series (2) Reasons for Migration

This post is part of a series about European Migration. You can read the complete series HERE. Regardless of the timeframe for the migration, the basic reasons haven’t really changed very much. Fleeing Persecution Escaping wars, of varying scale Creating … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Workbook For One-Name Studies

Some months ago I said I would share how I kept spreadsheets full of unprocessed and unrelated data prior to it being added to my software database. Apologies for a long wait, I hope this post goes some way to … Continue reading

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Pharos Course Dates for 2023

I have yet to update the relevant sections of this site, but I have agreed the following dates for the various courses that I teach: Introduction to One-Name Studies (901) Details can be found HERE 24 January and 4 July … Continue reading

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Working with UNCONNECTED People in a Genealogical Database

This is a long awaited post, requested by several Pharos students….(sorry for the wait!). Working with unconnected people in a genealogical database is one of the biggest issues for those with surname projects, or One-Name Studies. I personally struggled with … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (34) – Overseas Territories, Empire and Slavery

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Building on from Part 20 where we looked at territories located outside of France; in this part I want to address the … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (29) Official Name Changes

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Surnames did not become widespread to the 15th Century for the majority of those in France. Those that wanted to change their … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Understanding France (28) French Surnames (Geographical)

This post is part of a series about genealogy in France. You can read the complete series HERE. Continuing the French Surname posts from (31) Geographical surnames are a feature of many countries, based upon a person’s residence, perhaps the … Continue reading

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