Blogs

02 July 2015

We may be in for a sweltering summer, but at least we won’t face the freakish weather conditions our ancestors endured in 1783, says Alan Crosby

23 June 2015

Alan's getting excited about the new series of WDYTYA? and the type of stories that could be in store

18 June 2015

After last week's visit to Manchester Cathedral, Alan travels south to Gloucester Cathedral, where he spots some remarkable monuments

11 June 2015

Alan Crosby was reminded of an amusing family history discovery following a recent conversation with Manchester Cathedral's archivist

04 June 2015

Despite his years of family history experience, Alan Crosby still had a frustrating brick wall – and this week, he finally broke it down!

28 May 2015

Archives and record offices are sometimes housed in unusual locations, as Alan Crosby recently discovered on a trip to Denbighshire

21 May 2015

A week in Sicily led columnist Alan Crosby to dwell upon the island's turbulent history and the stories of people arriving and departing from its shores

14 May 2015

Despite having Polish relatives, Alan Crosby still struggles to get his head around some of that nation's unusual naming conventions

07 May 2015

Many wedding photographs feature gardens and historic houses, but when Alan's grandparents married in 1922, the backdrop was a little bit more unusual

29 April 2015

After hearing about the tragic earthquake in Nepal, Sarah Williams discovered that her great grandfather had experienced a similar disaster while working in the country during the 1930s

23 April 2015

It's the centenary of Gallipoli this weekend. Deputy editor Claire Vaughan has picked her five favourite resources for researching the soldiers who fought there

30 March 2015

Alan Crosby marvels at Victorian railway engineering and how train travel transformed our ancestors’ lives

26 March 2015

Deputy editor Claire Vaughan has broken through some of her own brick walls this week – with the help of some great pre-1837 resources

19 March 2015

The release of Bethlem Hospital's staff and patient records will open up new avenues of research for family historians, says Sarah Williams

12 March 2015

Alistair McGowan is joining five other celebrities to wallow in Victorian dirt, but what can reality TV teach us about the past? asks Sarah Williams 

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