Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Cavers

Posted by Emma on 19 November 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Vivienne Dunstan.  Vivienne is an independent academic historian, a long-time genealogist since the age of twelve too many decades ago, and a former computer scientist. She comes originally from Hawick, near where Cavers originates, and is a Cavers descendant. CAVERS Cavers is a surname that originates historically from Cavers parish near the town of Hawick in… Read more

Guest Blog: Save Your Precious Photographs.

Posted by Emma on 2 November 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

Authored by Richard Haines. Richard provides a photograph restoration service called Photographs Forever. When researching our family trees we often find old photographs that we treasure, whether they are old family photographs passed on from previous generations or complete family photograph albums.  These are probably the most important possessions that we have to relive our precious… Read more

Warwickshire Occupational and Quarter Sessions Records – Hair Powder Certificates

Posted by Emma on 24 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

Authored by Rob Eyre.  Rob has more than 20 years experience working with the public in archive repositories and has been a Senior Archivist at the Warwickshire County Record Office since 2005. Hair Powder Certificates One of the more obscure sources of information for family historians focussing on the 18th century are the returns of… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Owston

Posted by Emma on 22 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Dr. James M. Owston.  Along with his distant English cousins Tim J. Owston and Roger J.Ouston, Dr. James M. Owston of the USA has been researching the Owston surname since 1978.  He has registered the surname with the Guild of One-Name Studies and also administers two Owston DNA projects.  His genealogy blog, the… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Micklethwaite

Posted by Emma on 15 October 2012 in Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Andy Micklethwaite.  Andy started his interest in family history in 2003, just as the internet was transforming research. His One Name Study resulted from a search for information on the parents of his 3rd great grandfather – he is still looking for them! He is a member of the Huddersfield and District Family… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? BRAUND

Posted by Emma on 8 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Janet Few.  Janet is a community historian and an historical interpreter, specialising in the C17th. Her book on C17th social history, ‘Coffers, Clysters, Comfrey and Coifs’, has recently been published. She is also the historian for the Braund Family History Society and a member of The Guild of One-Name Studies, See her website.… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? CUMBERBATCH

Posted by Emma on 1 October 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, What's in a name?

Authored by Bob Cumberbatch. Bob is the Education Liaison Officer of The Guild of One-Name Studies and can be reached at education@one-name.org Cumberbatch is the most frequently found variant spelling of the surname Comberbach and the Comberbach surname originated from the village of the same name in Cheshire; Comberbach is an Old English description of… Read more

Guest Blog: What’s in a name? Surnames have meanings and origins.

Posted by Emma on 24 September 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

Authored by Bob Cumberbatch. Bob is the Education Liaison Officer of The Guild of One-Name Studies and can be reached at education@one-name.org Surnames began being used in the 11th century and they have meanings and origins which can be grouped into four broad categories, which are: People, Places, Occupations and Nicknames. Surnames based on people… Read more

Know the ropes about our dead sea captains

Posted by Emma on 12 September 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

‘Take me back to beautiful England & the grey, damp filthiness of ages, fog rolling down behind the mountains, & on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.’ Lyrics from ‘Last Living Rose’ by P J Harvey. Discovering your family history can be an exciting experience and researching one’s ancestor’s masters’ certificates is one such journey to… Read more

Secrets of A Suffragette: How a Fleet Street Journalist Discovered All About Emily’s Secret Past

Posted by on 8 March 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers

David Randall is senior news writer at the Independent on Sunday, author of five books, and partner in Black Toad Books. He is also a passionate family historian and Ancestry.co.uk member. One of life’s small pleasures is discovering that a thing designed for one purpose is rather good at something completely different. As a boy,… Read more