Category Archives: Genealogy

European Ancestors – Researching in Portugal

The obligation to keep church parish records began on 11 November 1563 following a session of the Council of Trent. There are three distinct phases of that researchers in Portugal should be aware of. Between 16th and the end of … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Surnames

If you are researching an European surname there is a chance you are capturing every instance of that surname wherever you locate it irrespective of whether it connects to your own family or not. The concept of examining the details … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Surname Distribution Maps

Surname distribution maps are very helpful in identifying a presence for a surname in a particular country. Below there are a list of Country specific distribution maps. Austria Czech Republic France Germany – Digital dictionary of German surnames Ireland Italy Poland … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Migration Links Polish in Persia (Iran)

From 1942 until the end of the Second World War there was a population 120,000 strong of Polish migrants in Iran, this was part of around 300,000 Poles that had been forced out of their homeland by the Russians and … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Article Digging up Family Roots in Sicily by Russell Shorto

As I continue the movement of European Ancestors material, I read this article by Russell Shorto, who is an American author, historian and journalist.  It was an interesting and fascinating account of researching roots in Sicily. The New York Times published … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Researching in Lithuania

Continuing with the European Ancestors material with focus on Lithuania. There is an interesting site called the Virtual Electronic Heritage System. The site is attempting to thread and bring together a variety of resources, books, manuscripts, Ephemera and more as a … Continue reading

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European Ancestors – Italian American Podcast

Genealogy is so much more than names and dates. Researching our ancestry is about understanding the locations, cultures and traditions that affected the lives of our ancestors. To be successful at researching European ancestors you will need to put your … Continue reading

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Memorial – Kings Cross Station

In my last post I shared my Harry Potter experience on the way into Kings Cross. On the way out of Kings Cross I spotted the memorial to the men who perished in the First and Second World Wars who … Continue reading

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Family Tree Magazine 2019 – Surname Research Series

In the May 2019 issue, the surname series continues with us looking at using a Non-British surname as the basis for a One-Name Study. Readers of this blog will know that I am half Sicilian and have the Italian surname … Continue reading

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Introduction to Surname Research and One-Name Studies #FamilyTreeLive

Has it really been a week since #FamilyTreeLive? where does the time go? My part of the show kicked off with a session on the Society of Genealogy help desk, I then held a workshop focusing on researching in Europe … Continue reading

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