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How good are you at finding things?

This article first appeared in the Gwent FHS Journal for June 2014. It is reproduced here with the consent of the Editor of that Journal and the author of the article How good are you at finding things on this here intarwebby? Really? I am useless, absolutely useless. I have lost count of the number…
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Auntie Polly’s House, part 1

Growing up in Kent in the 1960s, our visits to Wales were few and far between until the M2 was opened and we got a reliable car. Even then, the drive took 8 hours and we only went once a year in the summer. There were three things we looked forward to on those long…
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Sunday Tea and how it all began

Every family has a story, something that has been handed down with a little embellishment or perhaps a spot of cleaning up as the years went by. There were three things that were said at Sunday tea by my Aunty Muriel and they were… perhaps I should explain about Sunday tea should I? I am…
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Those Darned Actors!

“See if you can find those darned actors” was one of the things my Dad said when he handed me the files with his research. So I did. First you must remember that this happened before there were such things as FreeBMD or Findmypast. In fact the 1881 census was still in the final stages…
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Researching across the pond

So, don’t ask me how it happened, but I am back researching my English roots. Not the ones who have been in the states for centuries, those who are my immigrant ancestors, arriving between 1835 and 1884. Now, let me tell you, it is without a doubt one of the most difficult and confusing things…
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Oh go on then…

Anyone who knows me in person knows that I avoid social networks and blogs. It’s not because I’m antisocial but because I know that the majority of people simply aren’t interested in genealogy. Which is pretty much all I talk about these days! 😎 That’s a different story here. Everyone here is “into” genealogy in…
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Hodgepodge of ancestry

I am a mutt genealogically speaking. Though I subscribe to the belief in canine’s, mutt’s are sometimes the best, prettiest, and healthiest of the animal, I am not so sure about the human correlation. I am a rather proud mutt, but my family history is a varied mixture of heritage that makes me envy those…
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Serendipity in family history research

One of the things I think has been the greatest help to my research has been membership of family history societies, mailing lists and this forum. After I received the information about John and Sarah Nathan living on London Road Southwark – remember that the 1881 census was the only one transcribed at this time…
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