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

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

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

Careers at sea: Masters Certificates, 1855-1948

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

Occupation records are some of our most popular collections. It’s not surprising really; learning about your ancestors’ careers can really help paint a picture of how they lived their lives, and what sort of people they were. That’s particularly true about our latest addition. Masters Certificates, 1850-1927 reveals more than 250,000 hardy souls who spent… Read more