10th May 2014

Nelson Mandela, first black president of South Africa

10 May 1994: Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa. Born in 1918, he studied law and set up a legal practice in […]
9th May 2014

Liberty and freedom

Regular blog readers will know that I have recently returned from a visit to Canada – lecturing at the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference in St Catherines […]
8th May 2014

A new world….

For ten years, I worked hard to educate thousands of children. I never dreamt that I would stop getting up at 6am and working until heaven […]
7th May 2014

Findmypast in New York

For the last 30-odd days, Findmypast have been releasing and showcasing new record sets every week. In fact, sometimes every day. From military records to parish […]
6th May 2014

Back in time

On this day in 1954, a 25-year-old British medical student was the first man to ever run a mile in less than four minutes. That man […]
5th May 2014

OGS Conference 2014 – it’s all over

Genealogy without borders …. it certainly had none this last weekend in St Catherines, Ontario! Having put in my lecture proposals last year, it barely seems […]
4th May 2014

#18 Beatrice Woodward Steer (1859-1880)

As regular readers will know, my maternal grandfather documented his family line long before the internet. Along with documents, photographs, certificates and other ephemera passed down […]
4th May 2014

OGS Conference 2014….

And here I am, back in residence at Niagara-on-the-Lake…. Day 1 (for me) of the OGS Conference 2014 is over. I will wax lyrical after the […]
3rd May 2014

Genealogy without borders

Genealogy research that does not require a passport – that’s what ‘Genealogy Without Borders’ means for the Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2014 at Brock University. But […]