Family Tree Tales

Family Tree Tales has been created as a space to explore the stories uncovered in over 30 years of researching family trees.  Here you will be able to read the stories uncovered while searching out elusive ancestors; stories about the people and places from the past and about some of the less well known ways to search these people out.

They didn’t live their lives just to make it easy or convenient for us to find out about them, but sometimes the most interesting – and obscure – person or fact can be found in unusual or unexpected places.

Not all the tales are happy, nor do they all have positive outcomes, but that is the nature of research – particularly when looking into your family tree.

I am a professional genealogist and family historian, contact me for help to find your family tree tales and the stories that make you who you are.

Latest Posts

Beware the Babbet Bapper!

Beware the Babbet Bapper!

The what, I hear you say?  Read on, and you will find out – all will be revealed by the end. Anyone who has researched their family tree, or indeed carried out research using old documents of any sort, will have come across the problem of difficult (or impossible) to read handwriting.  Often the age of the document and the fact that not only is […]

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

We all have a name.  Most (though not all) are given that name by our parents when we are born.  What that name is and how it was chosen can be very interesting – are we named after a family member, a special friend, the midwife or doctor who delivered us, a celebrity?  In the past, in Britain, it can be very obvious to a […]

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Where do I Begin?

Where do I Begin?

I’m often asked where do you start when researching a family tree.  My answer is always the same – start with what you know and work from there.  But what is it likely you already know?  Most of us have, somewhere, the certificates of birth, marriage and/or death of one or more of our parents or grandparents with the information we need to get started […]

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About Me

 

14925235_10210914034557580_4043404994918633372_nMy name is Kate Keter and I have been researching family trees for over 30 years.  It all started when I decided to try to find the origins of my husband’s family name.  In those days nothing was digitised; searching for Scottish ancestors meant a visit to Edinburgh, searching through very large ledger-type indexes and then being escorted to view the original registers.  Not quick, and you had to be good at recording all the information you saw.  Once I had gone as far as I could I moved on to filling in my tree, and after that to searching out ancestors for others.

What started as an occasional interest soon developed into a full-blown hobby before becoming close to an addiction (ask anyone who has been researching their family tree and they will tell you the same).  In recent years I’ve turned my nosiness (some might call it obsession) about the people in our past into a profession/business.  I undertook a post-graduate course in Genealogical Studies at Strathclyde University and in 2016 successfully completed the MSc.

I am a professional genealogist and family historian, contact me for help to find your family tree tales and the stories that make you who you are.

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