Blogs

26 May 2016

A quick visit to the home of Worcestershire Archives resulted in a discovery that columnist Alan Crosby certainly wasn't expecting – and nor was his wife!

19 May 2016

Last week, Alan Crosby took a group of students to visit Bosworth Field in Leicestershire – site of one of the most famous (and bloodiest) battles in English history

12 May 2016

In the June issue of WDYTYA? Magazine, Alan wrote about his frustrations of being unable to trace his great aunt Edith. But shortly after going to press, the brick wall was finally broken...

05 May 2016

Alan imagines what it would have been like for his 4x great grandfather when he upped sticks and moved his family from mid-Norfolk to the edge of the Cotswolds

28 April 2016

The Victorian upper classes certainly had a taste for alcohol, as Alan Crosby recently discovered when leafing through a sales brochure from the 19th century

21 April 2016

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday today. Alan looks at how the country has changed during her reign, and the ways we marked royal occasions in the past

14 April 2016

This week, Alan pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers up and down the country, whose vital work helps the arts, heritage and culture sector ticking over

07 April 2016

Would you set up an almshouse to cater for relatives who had fallen on hard times? That's what one wealthy architect did, as Alan Crosby discovered on a trip to Leicester Cathedral

31 March 2016

While driving through Leicestershire over Easter, Alan came across the Bilstone Gibbet – a grisly reminder of a measure our forebears once used to deter local criminals

24 March 2016

Before job centres, young people across rural England could find work on local farms by attending a hiring fair. In this week’s blog post, Alan Crosby reflects on this strange, bygone tradition...

17 March 2016

In this week's column, Alan reveals how delving into a cache of parish magazines helped him unravel the story of a Lancashire community during the First World War

10 March 2016

Despite the recent release of millions of parish registers online, Alan is still unable to find anything out about his Irish great great grandmother's early life. Should he admit defeat?

03 March 2016

This week, columnist Alan Crosby came across a bizarre tale of bigamy and deception in 19th-century Northern Ireland. Can you help him find out more about the story?

25 February 2016

While trawling through some old newspapers, Alan Crosby found an intriguing advert for a "Matrimonial Alliance Office" – the Victorian equivalent of a modern dating agency

17 February 2016

Alan Crosby pays tribute to his friend and towering figure of family history, David Hey, who died last week

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