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

08 February 2016

After a false start, Alan Crosby finally returns to helping out his wife Jacquie with her own family history research

04 February 2016

Genealogy tech expert Nick Peers shares his views on the decision, which will see Family Tree Maker and its key features taken on by new publishers

28 January 2016

Alan Crosby mapped out the birthplaces of his 16 great great grandparents – an exercise that revealed just how far apart some of his forebears were scattered

21 January 2016

Last week, Alan attended the funeral of his friend Margaret – a keen genealogist who was always happy to help others with their research

14 January 2016

Yesterday, Alan Crosby listened to an elderly friend recall her memories of growing up in 1930s Lancashire – a window into a vanished world

07 January 2016

Columnist Alan Crosby looks ahead to the next 12 months and decides on some New Year's resolutions that he hopes will make him a better genealogist

17 December 2015

This Christmas, Alan will be remembering the plight of his ancestors, who were imprisoned in Nazi-occupied Warsaw in December 1944

10 December 2015

On Sunday, water flowed from the rocks of Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales – a natural phenomenon last witnessed by our ancestors more than 200 years ago, says Alan Crosby

03 December 2015

Census returns and certificates will always remain, but the precious records inside our heads will be lost unless we act now, says Alan Crosby

26 November 2015

Columnist Alan Crosby recently discovered a rather unusual term in a property inventory while researching his Oxfordshire kin. Can you help?

19 November 2015

Residents of Alan's beloved home city recently marked the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Preston – the last major conflict to be fought on English soil

12 November 2015

Alan Crosby stumbled across a rather unusual set of Victorian birth announcements when rifling through some old newspapers earlier this month

05 November 2015

During some recent research, Alan Crosby discovered an interesting account of how Bonfire Night was celebrated in 19th-century Lancashire

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