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HOW TO FIND UK IMMIGRATION RECORDS

They say ‘write about what you know’ so thanks to popular demand, I’ve decided to embark on a series of posts focusing specifically on one of my key areas interest of interest: researching immigrant ancestors to the UK. In this and subsequent posts, I intend to use Jewish immigrants (my specialist subject) as my touchstone […]

GENEALOGICAL SERENDIPITY, BRICK WALLS & JOINING UP THE DOTS IN THE UNIVERSE

Poor neglected blog. I’m prompted to get back to it, thanks to a recent run of what us family history dorks sometimes call ‘genealogical serendipity’. This will perhaps ring most bells with more experienced family historians but it has relevance for beginners too. Genealogical serendipity tends to strike when a brick wall you’ve previously encountered in […]

genealogy family tree research on the internet

HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY ONLINE: 12 TOP TIPS

A lot of people find the prospect of researching their family history online slightly challenging.  It can be difficult to know where to start.  But the seemingly endless resources now available online should not frighten you off. The genealogical resources available on the internet offer an incredible opportunity to research hundreds of years back into […]

Find the right researcher for your family history journey

HOW TO HIRE A GENEALOGIST

Finding the right researcher to investigate your family tree is not necessarily an easy task.  Professional genealogists are few and far between, and it can be difficult to know whether someone has the expertise, interests and communication skills you need.  This decision can be a significant one: researching your family history may be amongst the […]

6 cheeky tips for searching the census

6 CHEEKY TIPS FOR SEARCHING THE CENSUS

Alongside birth, marriage and death records, census returns are likely to be amongst the first records that you encounter when researching your family tree – and are incredibly useful sources of information.  Lots of background info about the censuses of individual countries is available online.  To give a potted overview of census records in the British […]

5 ways to find out about your Jewish roots

IS MY FAMILY HISTORY JEWISH?

5 ways to find out about your Jewish roots We do a great deal of research into Jewish families, and encounter a lot of people who think they have Jewish ancestry but don’t know where or how to find out more. Given that the vast majority of Jews in England are descended from   late nineteenth […]