Blogs

22 October 2015

Frances de la Tour's episode promises scandalous stories from the past – something that never fails to pique our interest, says columnist Alan Crosby

15 October 2015

Finding the final resting place of an ancestor can be an incredibly rewarding experience for researchers, says columnist Alan Crosby

08 October 2015

Mark Gatiss makes some great discoveries in tonight's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, but the low survival rate of Irish records can sometimes be frustrating says Alan Crosby

01 October 2015

Watching a sneak preview of Anita Rani’s episode of WDYTYA? made Alan realise just how wide-reaching the research of future family historians will need to be

24 September 2015

Watching a sneak preview of Frank Gardner’s episode reminded Alan Crosby just how precious family letters can be

17 September 2015

Don't be fooled by the image of Essex created by a certain 'structured reality' series, says columnist and admirer of the county Alan Crosby

10 September 2015

While searching through old newspapers last week, Alan Crosby found an extraordinary story concerning the residents of a Northamptonshire village

03 September 2015

Delving into local newspaper archives often leads to hours of distraction, says local historian and serial procrastinator Alan Crosby

27 August 2015

Sir Derek Jacobi's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? shows that persecuted people have been settling in England for centuries, says Alan Crosby

20 August 2015

In Jane Seymour's episode, she tries to find out what happened to two of her Jewish great aunts during the Second World War. It's a harrowing tale that'll have you on the edge of your seat, says Claire Vaughan

13 August 2015

Paul Hollywood's episode will take him to Africa to learn about his grandfather during the Second World War. Hopefully it will inspire others to explore similar stories of their own, says Sarah Williams

30 July 2015

For the family historian, few heirlooms are as precious as an autobiography. Alan Crosby is lucky to possess one written by his mother, offering vivid accounts of a bygone age

23 July 2015

A recent trip to Oxford saw Alan pay a pilgrimage to the house where a branch of his family tree once lived – including a forebear who served in the local fire brigade

16 July 2015

Alan Crosby recently came across some fascinating details about the diets of our Georgian forebears – enough to make a modern nutritionist scream

09 July 2015

Ever found a frustrating gap in a parish register? Rather than lax record keeping, there might be a more unusual explanation says Alan Crosby

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