Family history

Wills and how to transcribe them

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I posted an answer on a facebook group this morning about how I go about transcribing wills, and it ocurred to me that I hadn’t blogged about that here. I’ve become much better at doing this as I’ve gained experience, which I will share. One of the first things to check if you use Ancestry, […]

Free resources

Surrey resources

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Whenever I find a lot of resources for a particular place, I try to add a section to my free resources page. This week – Surrey!  There are a few printed registers available on the internet archive for Surrey.  I know that the Surrey registers and resources from the Surrey History Centre are currently on […]

Family history

Free Stuff from the National Archives

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The National Archives have quietly doubled the number of downloads you can make for free from their website.  You can now download up to 100 items, including wills, these include: First and Second World War records, including medal index cards Military records, including unit war diaries Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service […]

Family history

Background information

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A couple of days ago, someone asked on one of the groups I am on, how people find information to fill out their family history.  She was researching the plain births, marriages and deaths information for the family, but wanted a little more colour, some information to bring the time period to life.  I have […]

Death and dying

Music for memorials and funerals

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It’s become a bit of a cliche to use “I did it my way” for a funeral, but often the music is chosen by the person themselves.  I always counsel against very upbeat music at a memorial or funeral, simply because one of the uses of a service, whether in person or online, is to […]

Death and dying

Memento Mori

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With over one hundred thousand people having died in the last 12 months in the UK from Coronavirus, my thoughts were drawn today to the vast number of people who are mourning someone who has died. The fact that they may be prevented from attending a funeral – or from holding a funeral at all […]

Free resources

List of Huguenot Society publications

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In the course of my researches, I have come across many publications by the Huguenot Society.  They are particularly difficult to sort out, because they all look the same when you search on the Internet Archive, and they use the same Volume numbers for both the Huguenot Society Proceedings AND the other publications they produce. […]

Family history

Huguenot roots

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Many people claim Huguenot family history if they have a French name in their ancestry, but the actual Huguenots were a specific group of Protestants from France who came over to the UK in two waves, one at the end of the 16th century, and the other in the 1680s.  Huguenot immigration continued in the […]