Alan Crosby

Blog
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...

Blog
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

Blog
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?

Blog
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?

Blog
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

Blog
17 February 2016

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

Blog
08 February 2016

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

Blog
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

Blog
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

Blog
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

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