Author Archives: Phil Grass

Genealogy in a time of Covid – A personal review of 2020

Introduction 2020 has been a year like no other – well unless you lived in AD 536. On a personal level we (my family) have been very lucky to live and work in a low Covid-risk environment. At a personal … Continue reading

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Exotic Aldi – Saraswati Dry Gin Review

Everyone has their nemesis. For Captain Ahab it’s Moby Dick, for Dr Doofenschmirtz it’s Perry the Platapus. Mine, it turns out, is a cheap Aldi gin. For the last couple of months I’ve been trying to finish this gin review. … Continue reading

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On the Origins of the Grass family Surname in the Brandon Area of Suffolk

A short guide to the six families with the surname Grass, found in the Brandon area of Suffolk in the early nineteenth century. Continue reading

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Researching the Smiths of Great Ayton

Introduction When I first stated to write this (August 2020) the genetic genealogy world was at war with itself over a decision by Ancestry to remove some distant matches from peoples DNA Match List results. It’s all rather sad and … Continue reading

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The Botanist Islay Dry Gin Review – A walk on the windy side

Sometimes it can be hard work trying to find the specific botanicals used to create a gin. The Botanist Islay Dry Gin is different. It “wears it’s heart on it sleeve” and it’s “botanicals on it’s bottle”. As the packaging … Continue reading

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Penny Supermarkt – San Fabio Italian Dry Gin review

I have a bunch of lovely expensive gins to review, but today it’s time for the San Fabio Italian Dry Gin from German discount supermarket Penny. This gin is, at the moment at least, a special edition alternative to their … Continue reading

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Home networking in a time of Covid-19

Until recently my home-network was a nice-to-have facility for my family. With the current coronavirus lockdown my wife is working from home, whilst our two children are also home “remote-learning”. The IT infrastructure at our house has become significantly more … Continue reading

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DNA Testing – Ethnicity Estimates – 2020 Edition

When I was young my identity was clear, I was from “the top end of North Yorkshire”. My Mum grew up in a village 3 miles from where I lived and my Dad in a different village 2 miles away. … Continue reading

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Lidl Sturmflut London Dry Gin Review – A drop too much

Sturmflut is a London Dry Gin sold by the Lidl here in Germany. The English translation of the name, as you may have already guessed, is Stormflood. The name commemorates those events that have affected, in particular, the northern parts … Continue reading

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Health, Death, Genetics and the Genealogist.

 Introduction As the market for DNA tests for genealogists matures, it has been natural for the genetic genealogy companies to leverage their customer base into further DNA testing. Recently genetic genealogy companies MyHeritage, LivingDNA and Ancestry have all announced DNA … Continue reading

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