September 28, 2021

Back To Work After A Long Layoff

As you can see from the empty blog (nothing written since 2013!) I’ve had a bit of a layoff from work. I’ve had serious health problems, which you can read about here, but I seem to be on the mend (fingers crossed). I’ve done bits and bobs of work but nothing major for the last […]

Blog to Facebook Test

I’ve been investigating updating my Facebook page from my blog and after a bit of poking about I think I’ve got it working. But the only way to find out is to write a blog post and see if it appears on the Facebook page, so here goes!

Is This The Shortest Dade Register?

It would seem that a Bishop did not have as much power over a curate as you might think. I was at Durham Record Office the other week looking to prove a couple of relationships and hopefully trace a family line for a customer. A couple had had some children between 1780 and 1812 so […]

York Family History Society Fair 2011

Next weekend sees the annual York Family History Society Fair being held in The Folk Hall, New Earswick. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss it as I’ve gone and booked myself of a first aid course without checking my diary first. This fair shouldn’t be confused with the Yorkshire Family History Fair which is held at […]

York Family History Society Research Room Volunteer

I thought I’d help out my local family history society and so I volunteered to staff the York Family History Society Research Room for a couple of half days each month. The research room is open from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year and is staffed by volunteers from York Family […]

If You Think Your Family History Is Complicated …

… spare a thought for these children in a story from The Daily Telegraph. According to The Telegraph; Prince Jonathan Doria Pamphilj was adopted in the 1960’s as an orphan by Frank Pogson and his Italian wife Princess Orietta Doria Pamphilj. He lives with his Brazilian boyfriend and has two children who were born to […]

York City Archives And York Reference Library Merge

Earlier this year York reference library temporarily closed to allow the upgrading of the general library on the floor below to what is known now as The Explore York Learning Centre. Now, the pros and cons of this change to the library were not uppermost in my mind, it was the worry that the excellent […]

New Searchable UK Marriage Index

Those marvelous people at have just announced the launch of what they are calling “MarriageMatch“. This is effectively a means to search the entire UK Marriage Records Index from the beginning of Civil Registration in 1837 right up until 2005. You can search by entering one or both partners’ names; entering a range of […]

Web Site Update

Well, that didn’t take as long as I expected! All my old web site is now incorporated in this new wordpress based site. I’m still working on a few things behind the scenes but I think everything that was on the old web site is now also on the new one. Got a bit of […]

Upgrading the website and blog

I’ve neglected this blog for the whole of the summer (and most of the autumn!) – too busy researching, working on other projects, sailing and generally messing about. I’m about to update the website and it will probably take a couple of weeks, so what you see when you visit the blog section might not […]