Category Archives: Genealogy

The Shoestring Genealogist: A month of newspapers for £1

I’ve been enjoying using my £1 Find My Past subscription (did you see the offer in an earlier Shoestring Genealogist post?) to search the British Newspaper Archive online. I’ve already found some great articles, and I’ll be writing more about … Continue reading

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The Shoestring Genealogist: Ancestry’s Aussie freebie

Are you researching Australian genealogy? Here’s a fabby freebie for you – Ancestry is offering free access to Aussie records this weekend until 11.59pm AEST on Sunday,  13 July 2014. That’s GMT (UTC) plus 10 hours. Here’s a handy site … Continue reading

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The Shoestring Genealogist: two offers for UK research

Researching genealogy on a tight budget? Family bills leaving little cash for family history? I know the feeling. Which is why I’m starting the Shoestring Genealogist, an occasional series of posts to help those of us looking for ancestors – … Continue reading

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Genealogy news updates

I’ve been working on something big – and very tricky. Chipping away at a big brick wall, and I’ll be back to report when I’ve got something more useful to say. So in the meantime, here are some interesting developments … Continue reading

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Worldwide Genealogy – a new collaboration

It’s an exciting day for me today. My first blog post on a new, collaborative blog was published. Worldwide Genealogy is a fresh way of looking at genealogy, history and local history. Julie Goucher, who you may know from Anglers … Continue reading

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Accentuate the Positive 2013 – continued

It’s 2014! A fresh new year in which I hope to pull a few more bricks from those genealogy walls as well as finding out more about the historical background to my ancestors’ lives in Australia and the British Isles. … Continue reading

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Christmas memories

Christmas is a time for memories – making new ones as well as revisiting the past. Walking along the street today and looking at the decorated trees in people’s windows, I found remembered images of Christmas Eve and the day … Continue reading

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A ‘Girl Announcer’ confesses… Trove Tuesday post

OK, I admit, I was naughty when I posted that ‘Wordless Wednesday’ picture. I kept wordless shtum about who the ‘girl announcer’ was, though many of you guessed… But I did promise to reveal all on Trove Tuesday, so – … Continue reading

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National Family History Month – and some of my ancestors

Did you hear about National Family History Week in Australia last year? Well, the country-wide programme of family history events has been extended to the whole of August for 2013. New Zealand is holding its own sister event, too. If … Continue reading

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What does she confess? Wordless Wednesday

To mark one year since my mother’s death, I’m posting a Wordless Wednesday picture. This is the original photo, published in various Australian newspapers and captioned ‘A Girl Announcer’s Confessions’. Because it’s Wordless Wednesday I can’t tell you any more. … Continue reading

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Inside History Magazine’s Top 50 Genealogy Blog Awards

I’m thrilled, humbled and surprised to find this blog, A Rebel Hand, on Inside History Magazine‘ s newly-published list of 50 top genealogy blogs. Thrilled, because who wouldn’t be?  It’s a huge honour, coming from the must-read magazine for anyone … Continue reading

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Welsh Newspapers Online – read all about it

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi hapus! Happy St David’s Day! March 1st is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and what better day to write about an important new development in Welsh genealogical and historical research? I’m … Continue reading

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My first Australian ancestor (Australia Day Challenge 2013)

This year’s challenge comes from Helen at From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard. She writes: “Your challenge… is to tell the story of your first Australian ancestor.” Now that does make it a challenge! Because the first-ever Australian in my family … Continue reading

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Irish Family History Day

Have you got Irish ancestors? Today (January 24th) is the first-ever Irish Family History Day. It seems to be part of The Gathering, a year-long celebration of Ireland present and past. Their official website says: ”Communities throughout Ireland are showcasing … Continue reading

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On the twelfth day of Christmas

So the decorations are down and the cards are ready to be recycled. It’s a flat sort of day. Especially since the next day is a Monday this year, and Real Life starts up in earnest for everyone. Until the … Continue reading

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