30th July 2014

The one and only….

Sadly, I was not around when England’s football team last won the World Cup. Since the inaugural tournament in 1930, the World Cup has been awarded […]
29th July 2014

Be prepared

On 29 July 1907, Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) took a group of boys to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, for what was basically the first Scout camp. The […]
28th July 2014

Cats, Dogs and Birds?

Since the release of the 1911 census, many articles and blogs have been written about the eccentric entries made by our ancestors. From Beauty Lafayette, the beloved pet dog of The […]
27th July 2014

#30 Sarah Lobb, or was she Routley (1805-1855)

Many years ago, I dabbled with one of my Jones trees. You know the branches you rarely touch? Well, Jones tends to fall into that category […]
26th July 2014

Collaboration and networking

This week has been all about collaboration and networking for me. I have been out of the office researching in record offices for two days – Surrey […]
25th July 2014

Happy Birthday

... to Louise Brown – now Mullinder – thirty six years old today! She was the world’s first ever ‘test tube baby’, born in Oldham General […]
24th July 2014

Curiouser and curiouser

This week has been a week of heavy duty research for us here at Family Wise Limited and we have discovered that we have a problem. […]
23rd July 2014

Let the show begin

40,000 spectators in the stadium and over a billion people worldwide are about to be treated to a stunning night of entertainment from Scottish icon Rod […]
22nd July 2014

Repentant sinners and prostitutes

22 July is the feast day of St Mary Magdalen who was the patron saint of pharmacists, hairdressers, repentant sinners and reformed prostitutes. A strange concoction […]