Category Archives: Genealogy

Thornborough Henges, North Yorkshire

Normally I use this blog to write about genealogy, or gin. Today I’m a little off-topic as I recently changed the blog header image and just want to explain why. Long, long ago, when I first started this blog I … Continue reading

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Show Report – Family Tree Live – 26th/27th April 2019

Last weekend I got out of the house and actually out of the country to visit Family Tree Live, held at the rather spectacular Alexandra Palace in London . This is one of the many Family History shows on offer … Continue reading

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Genealogy Shorts – Identifying your Direct Line Ancestors in ancestry.com

Recently a online-discussion came up as to how to identify your direct ancestors when building a family-tree at ancestry.com. I can understand the discussion. Looking at a family tree on Ancestry, especially a descendant chart, can be confusing, even if … Continue reading

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John Stewart’s Other family – hiding in plain sight

Foreword: For genealogists researching British ancestors the UK Census records are a key primary source, especially for establishing core parent-child family relationships. In the following research I want to show how the censuses can sometimes provide insight into more extended-family relationships. … Continue reading

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Ancestry.com Ethnicity Update 2018 – A more precise Viking

Today (6th June 2018) I received an update to the Ethnicity Estimates created from my DNA at Ancestry.com. This is part of an updates to ethnicities that Ancestry.com are gradually rolling out. I thought it was worth reviewing the updates … Continue reading

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The moral maze of DNA testing

Last week something long-expected happened in the sleepy world of genetic genealogy. The news broke that police in California had used a database of DNA testers to identify the “Golden State Killer”, believed to be responsible for at least 12 … Continue reading

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The Lamberts in Yorkshire

Most of my ancestors had sensible surnames, like Sturdy, Armstrong and Atkinson, so I ‘ve always been a little intrigued by my grandmother’s surname, Lambert. It had a distinctly European flavour and has always left me wondering how my Yorkshire … Continue reading

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