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: What’s in a Name? Hardisty: a persistent surname

Posted by Emma on 12 November 2012 in General, What's in a name?

Authored by Howard Mathieson. Howard is a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies and maintains the surnameorigins.ca mapping website. He can be reached at maps@surnameorigins.ca Hardisty: a persistent surname The Hardisty surname is derived from an English place name. From A Dictionary of Surnames (Hanks and Hodges), we learn that Hardisty “is a habitation name… Read more

FREE* ACCESS: WWI Records, 9th-12th November

Posted by Emma on 9 November 2012 in General

For Remembrance Weekend, we feel that everyone should have the chance to discover the war heroes in their family. That’s why we’ve made our most popular military records free* for everyone to use, from 9th-12th November. The free* collections are our World War I Service, Pension and Medal Index Cards. These are especially useful for… Read more

5 new ways to trace your military ancestors

Posted by Emma on 7 November 2012 in General

5 new ways to trace your military ancestors We’re giving you 5 new ways to trace your military ancestors this Remembrance Weekend. We’ve added thousands of new records covering both World Wars, and stretching right back into the 19th century. The largest new release is Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1945. If you have relatives who fell… 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

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