Category Archives: Places

A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies O is for Occupation

The Channel Islands were during the Second World War, occupied by the Nazis and the lives of the Islanders changed perhaps for ever. It of course, was not just the Islanders, whose lives were irrevocably changed, but those too of … Continue reading

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Rural Communities #GOONSblogchallenge – Post 1

I spent some time a few days ago writing about the Guild blog challenge and shared how my software is set up with different trees. The first post in the series is about rural settings and we, as genealogists should … Continue reading

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Gems from Wigtown

It is not unsurprising that in order to remain in business and compete with the likes of Amazon that bookshops have needed to diversify. One bookshop, sold notebooks and whilst I did not need any more, I could not resist … 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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Red Hills – The Pitman’s Parliament

I recently had opportunity to visit Red Hills – The Pitman’s Parliament in the city of Durham. The home of the Durham Miner’s Association, the venue is usually closed to the public, open otherwise by appointment. I managed to attend … Continue reading

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The Angel of the North – #50Before50

A month or so ago we visited The Angel of the North. By coincidence, it happened to be the Angel’s 21st birthday. At the bottom of the Angel is a sign providing details about it’s history and so forth. The … Continue reading

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Penshaw Monument – #50Before50

This is Penshaw Monument and is located in County Durham. It is a rather formidable structure, built overlooking an area which, in times past was heavily involved with the mining industry. The monument, as wonderful as it is was build … Continue reading

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Oral History – A Pinch of Salt or a Grain of Truth?

Continuing the oral history series and the post from yesterday A few years ago whilst at the funeral of another family member I mentioned the story to my late Mum’s first cousin. I asked if he knew of the story? … Continue reading

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Oral History – The Importance & Pitfalls

Oral history can give us a clue of where to look, but should not be added to genealogical databases unless you can verify the accuracy of the research or you have identified that an individual has been added on the … Continue reading

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International Museum Day 2018

As a child I always enjoyed visiting museums. Looking back, my favourite hobbies were old things, books and listening to my Great Aunts talk about the family. I guess my pathway was set from way back in my childhood. Today … Continue reading

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