Individuals

John Joseph Bramah and family

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The name of Bramah is famous among engineers.  The portrait above reputedly shows Joseph Bramah (1748-1814) who was an inventor, engineer and lock maker, born into a farming family in Yorkshire, but made his way to London, where he founded a company which still bears his name today.  The picture comes from Wikpedia.  He invented […]

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Beginning your family history

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Whether you plan to do your own research, employ someone else to do it, or a combination of the two, the beginning is the same: work out what you already know.  Most people will know their own place and date of birth, the date of birth and names of their parents, and usually the names […]

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire history

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When I moved to Lincolnshire four years ago, I knew very little about the county that was to become my home.  It seemed that wherever I looked online, the space which should be filled with information about Lincolnshire was blank. One of the first things to strike me about Market Rasen was how beautiful the […]

My family history

Opening up my website

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We are going live with the website this weekend, having played around with the appearance, added photographs and blog posts and pages.  It’s still a work in progress, so forgive any hiccups over the next few days as I get to grips with a new display theme and find my way around the updates.  If […]

Free resources

Free resources

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I stumble across free resources all the time, and hope to make a comprehensive list here. I have found two brilliant resources in the past week for family history: The British Genealogy forum, which has a “Brickwalls” section for people who have come up against a brickwall in their research. That forum has a section to allow […]

Free resources

The Gentleman’s Magazine online

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The Internet Archive is quickly becoming a wonderful resource for the family historian.  By searching the internet archive you may come across family genealogies, histories for particular towns, and ancient publications with births, deaths and marriages in them. One of these is the Gentleman’s Magazine, which ran from 1731 to 1922.  It is a very […]

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Keeping a research journal

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One thing that many family history researchers have in common, is that they switch from one part of the family to another, or pick up and lay down their research from time to time, sometimes after several weeks have elapsed.  In this situation a research journal can be invaluable, because very few people are able […]

Family history

Family names

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How unusual or common your family names are can have a big impact on how easy you will find it to research your family tree.  Most people who are researching all their lines, and not just the people carrying their family name, will find a variety in their tree.  I have both very common names […]

Family history

Welcome to my family history blog

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I am hoping to interest both potential customers of my family history research services and people who are involved in their own family history research with regular blogs here about subjects related to English genealogy.  Family history is a passion for me, I’ve always been interested to know about the people whose meetings and marriages […]