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 […]
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 […]