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Family History Beginners Board / Hints, Tips and Cheats
« on: Friday 30 April 21 20:34 BST (UK)  »
I have written a series of blogs with all the Hints, tips and cheats that I have picked up over the years for the three main subscription sites, Ancestry, FindMyPast and MyHeritage.

There is something there for all levels of experience and if you have some tips of your own, please feel free to share them with me.

The Common Room / Writing Your Family History free Ecourse
« on: Sunday 18 April 21 09:02 BST (UK)  »
A good friend of mine is offering a free ecourse on writing your family history into a blog. Covers how to choose a blog platform and set up your site, through to posting your first blogs. It’s not often you get something for free!

World War One / Researching a WW1 Soldier
« on: Monday 05 April 21 13:31 BST (UK)  »
Like many of you, I have a number of WW1 soldiers on my tree, sadly some killed on the battlefields and others who returned home. Over the years I have researched their lives and written their stories, so I decided to write up a basic research list for those researching maybe a WW1 ancestor for the first time. I have included some useful links as well.

There are lots of useful guides out there, plenty better than mine, but if it helps somebody with their research then great, or of one of the links helps you make a breakthrough then its been worthwhile compiling the blog.

Good luck with your research.

The Common Room / My Family History in Numbers
« on: Monday 05 April 21 13:24 BST (UK)  »
Who doesn’t love a good statistic. Here I have analysed naming patterns, birth patterns, marriage patterns and a whole lot more! So many amazing facts and figures I was amazed with some of the answers. The more I delved into it the more obsessed I became and I'm not even a numbers geek!

World War One / A Family at War
« on: Friday 05 February 21 12:49 GMT (UK)  »
6 Young men from the same family all went to War, some with tragic stories, read their stories here

The Common Room / How do we differentiate between Fact and Fiction?
« on: Wednesday 27 January 21 13:08 GMT (UK)  »
I have been thinking about this a lot recently, when is a fact a genuine fact, even details we find on a Birth Certificate, a child’s name, a fathers name or the DOB Itself? How can we prove categorically that these details are in fact correct?

The Common Room / This Years Census
« on: Monday 04 January 21 11:58 GMT (UK)  »
Given the current situation with Covid, do you think they should postpone this years Census until next year? I believe that Scotland have already announced that they are postponing theirs. Is the risk to great, should they just postpone it a year? There have been rumours that this might be the last ever Census anyway, it would be a shame if it never took place at all.

The Common Room / Family History Goals
« on: Sunday 03 January 21 14:42 GMT (UK)  »
New Year always gives you the chance to re-assess your Family History research work and set yourself new goals and targets for the following year. In previous years I have stumbled along without a plan or real structure to my research and ended up wasting literally months of my time, on aimless and pointless searches. A few years ago I decided to set myself targets and goals each year, to help me to maintain focus. Not everyone will need this, we all work differently and if you have your own methods and they work for you, then definitely stick to it! I have found that I need a more structured approach, this has benefited me enormously over the recent years. That doesn't mean that you can't dive off down a few rabbit holes every once in a while, thats all part of the fun!

The key thing of course, before you set yourself new goals, is to review your goals from the previous year, to see how you faired against the target you set yourself.

Here's my yearly review;


World War One / WW1 Soldier, What Regiment?
« on: Tuesday 27 October 20 16:39 GMT (UK)  »
I have a photograph of an Ancestor dressed in Uniform from WW1 and I am trying to identify his Regiment, to see if I can find his service records. The man is William Wootton and he was Born in December 1893 in Byford in Herefordshire. I definitely know that he survives the War. I have tried the wonderful Great War Forum and they have looked at the cap badge and said it most likely either
Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars Yeomanry or
Army Veterinary Corps

From his boots it suggests a mounted soldier definitely.

Are there any other indications of rank in the picture???

Any help appreciated as I am trying to search to find his records. Many thanks


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