02 March 2010

Alan Crosby pays a visit to Leeds' Grand Theatre, and lifts the curtain on what such buildings can reveal about the cultural lives of our ancestors

02 March 2010

US genealogist Kimberly Powell wonders if Who Do You Think You Are? will make genealogy as popular a hobby in the US as it is in Britain.

24 February 2010

Alan Crosby celebrates the work of Edwardian and Victorian librarians in preserving valuable documents in borough record offices around the country

17 February 2010

Alan Crosby sets out on a journey through Britain's historical landscape, exploring the surprising role that moss has played in our rural communities

10 February 2010

As The National Archives' Chief Executive announces she is to step down, Alan sets out his hopes for the institution's future.

03 February 2010

After an eventful night with a local history society, Alan Crosby celebrates some unexpected links to the past

27 January 2010

As the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day, Alan reflects on the impact of persecution and oppression across Britain.

20 January 2010

As an appeal is launched to keep the Staffordshire Hoard in local museums, Alan laments the lack of public spending on historical discoveries.

05 January 2010

The winter's heavy snow forced one group of Yorkshire revellers to extend their New Year's celebrations to three days. Alan Crosby considers the bitter reality of winters past

22 December 2009

With snow continuing to fall over the country, Alan Crosby takes a look back at the history of Britain's White Christmases

15 December 2009

...and the goose is getting fat. Alan takes a look back at Christmas dinners of the past, and discovers there's very little that's 'traditional' about turkey.

03 December 2009

Alan considers the value for family historians of a series of 19th and early 20th century maps, recently made available by Ordnance Survey Ireland 

01 December 2009

Alan takes a closer look at The National Archives' vision for the future – and what it will mean for family historians.

12 November 2009

As much of Britain is hit by more autumnal storms, Alan Crosby wonders about the power of nature on our local environment

11 November 2009

A tattered wartime photograph leads Alan Crosby to reflect on the impact of the Great War on his family tree – and on towns and villages around the country

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