Category Archives: Genealogy

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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Pharos One-Name Studies & Surname Courses

I hope you all like the new image, it is not a Picasso, but was enjoyable to create. The hardest bit, making sure that I have the little squares nice and tidy. Given that I am clumsy, you can guarantee … 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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Guild of One-Name Studies Widening Horizons Seminar

The Guild of One-Name Studies is renowned for their quarterly seminars. COVID-19 has prevented seminars from taking place in the usual format. This latest seminar is a collaboration with The Local Population Studies Society and launches on Wednesday 7th October at 8pm London … 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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Genealogy During COVID

Like the rest of the world, I was at home during lock down, the furthest I went for 4 months was the end of the drive or the garden, so I had plenty of time to ponder and look at … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and what it has meant for Genealogy

I am sure we all agree that 2020 has been a strange year. COVID-19 has moved from being a viral condition that had it’s focus on the Far East of the world and many of us, likely did not consider … Continue reading

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A Year in Surnames Week 3 – A Surname that is curious #AYearInSurnames

This week I have chosen to not focus on a specific surname, but something that happens with surnames; the use of an alias. I talked about what I worked during lock-down, you can read that post HERE. During my work … Continue reading

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A Year in Surnames Week 2 – Surname Beginning with A (Ayling) #AYearInSurnames

This week I have focused on a surname that occurs in my own ancestry, the surname of AYLING. My Grandfather’s sister, Ellen Butcher married Albert Edward Ayling in 1930 at St Nicholas Church at Guildford. Albert was known by his … Continue reading

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A Year in Surnames Week 1 – Surnames of my Grandparents #AYearInSurnames

I always think of the surnames of my Grandparents in two groups. On one side, the English ones for the surnames of BUTCHER and MATTHEWS and on the other side, the Italian ones, for the surnames of ORLANDO and LICATA. … Continue reading

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