October 28, 2020

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 […]

DNA in Genealogy

A story hit the papers last weekend which highlights the growing importance of DNA testing to genealogy. Whilst we are familiar with DNA testing in criminal cases or to legally prove parentage, its use for genealogical purposes is perhaps lesser known. Kevin Percy, an antiques dealer from New Zealand has claimed that he is the […]

Child Migrant Sources

As Australia apologised to child migrants yesterday I thought I’d have a look at the subject and see where you could find sources for further research. Although the recent news articles have concentrated on post-war child migrants from England to Australia, the practice actually began in 1618 when one hundred “vagrant children” were rounded up […]

Children With 3 Parents ?!?

Yes, you read it correctly! According to the Daily Telegraph this week some Japanese scientists have successfully fertilised an egg that had two mothers. They evidently used eggs from young donors to repair eggs from older women in order to give them more chance of fertilisation. So technically the child will have genetic material from […]