13th May 2014

Abbotsbury Garland Day

Held on 13 May (Old May Day) each year, the Garland Day celebrations have taken place in the Dorset village of Abbotsbury since about the early […]
12th May 2014

H.M.S. “Ganges” – Naval training ship

It’s true. You never stop learning. No matter what you are learning about. Putting together an article about Ralph John Claude Pillifent (or Ralph John Clarem […]
11th May 2014

#19 Kezia(h) Jones (1842-1895)

Keziah Jones was born on 14 July 1842 of William and Sarah (nee Lobb) Jones. Oh joy! A Jones family to research! I guess we all […]
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 […]