I don’t know about you, but when I’m searching for my relatives in census returns I do like to click along to the next few households to see who their neighbours were. This can be a useful thing to do because you can often find members of an extended family living quite close to each… Read More How I discovered old things were once new.
I spent this morning working in my garden and while I was out there, my mind wandered and I began to think about allotments. For the uninitiated, an allotment is an area of land which is subdivided into smaller sections which are then rented out to members of the public to use to grow fruit… Read More Did your ancestors have green fingers?
This is a post I never really expected to write for this blog, but after a couple of encounters in the last month, I feel I must. I’m sure the topic won’t apply to you, but you may recognise the kind of behaviour I refer to. Before I begin, I should say, I’m not naive,… Read More Net Nasties – they aren’t big and they aren’t clever
Here in the UK we are entering into a bank holiday weekend, the second this month. It seems rain has been forecast, this is to be expected. So, if you are stuck indoors this weekend, here are few things to occupy your time. You could take a look at Project Gutenberg, a database of free… Read More Something for the weekend
If you enjoyed my recent post about the Middles Ages, you might like to read about the work of Daniel of Beccles. In about* the 13th century, Daniel wrote Book of the Civilised Man, the first English book of social etiquette. Within it’s pages he went into great detail about the standard of behaviour expected… Read More Why one should never wee in the dining room
Actually, it turned my gedcom into a complete mess, but that isn’t such a snappy headline. Being serious, I downloaded a new programme, which seemed to work very well, only to discover it did some really odd things to the data. Not content with turning my notes into some kind of computer language – great… Read More My software ate my ancestors
Click image to see larger map I have noticed that, on the whole, my ancestors did not move around a great deal and tended to marry people who lived within a 10 mile radius of their home. While this isn’t always the case, this knowledge can be useful when it comes to finding alternative locations… Read More How Google Maps can help eliminate false leads