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The Post Christmas Blues: Disappointed with Your DNA Ethnicity Estimates?

This is the first article in a 3-part series focusing on your DNA results: Disappointed with Your DNA Ethnicity Estimates? Solving Mysteries Using Your DNA Results (coming soon) How to – Delicately – Approach a New-Found Relative (coming soon) Finding out about our ethnic roots is all the rage these days, thanks in large part Read More…

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The Tragic WWII Sinking of the HMT Lancastria

The Lancastria disaster. Ever heard of it? Neither had I. Very few people know about it, despite the fact that the sinking of the HMT Lancastria killed at least 3,000 people, and possibly closer to 6,000.i It remains Britain’s worst disaster at sea; more people died during the June 1940 sinking of the Lancastria than in Read More…

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Is Family History Boring?

Someone asked my kids recently what their mum did for work.  They both rolled their eyes (they’re seven and ten years old) and joked “she researches our ancestors and doesn’t stop talking about them!”  The funny thing is that whenever I do talk about our family history, they secretly love it.  They listen.  They ask Read More…

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Remembrance Day

The craziness that is Hallowe’en has just passed, followed quickly by the craziness that is the lead-up to Christmas.  Shops immediately filled their shelves with decorations and children started talking excitedly about their Christmas wish lists.  Meanwhile, an incredibly important day falls quietly in between these two celebrations.  I’m not an advocate of war and Read More…

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Breaking Through Brick Walls: Census Records

The inevitable brick wall. They are a part of every genealogist’s journey, so don’t be put off when you hit yours. Brick walls take extra patience, creative thinking and sometimes sheer luck to crack, but it’s an amazing sense of accomplishment when you do eventually find that missing piece of information. One of the most Read More…

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From Chaos to Calm

Researching family history is an exciting journey. I feel elated when I find a new piece of information or break down a brick wall. What I don’t feel like is properly filing and citing this new-found information. That’s the boring bit. Or so I thought until I did a major revamp of my organization system. Read More…

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Unraveling my Grandfather’s Mysteries

Below is the story of how we discovered my grandfather’s secret life and true identity. It’s what kick-started my love of genealogy and desire to learn more about my roots and help others find theirs. I’ll warn you now: it’s a long one. I didn’t want to cut corners, although there are still so many Read More…