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

Who’s the Daddy?

Who’s the Daddy?

Anyone who has watched TV programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? will know that they can often feature stories about illegitimate children – and sometimes it seems that finding such children is strange or unusual.  I’ve been researching family trees for a long time, and in my experience it is quite rare to find a tree that has no illegitimate children, or at […]

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Who lived here?

Who lived here?

The success of the recent BBC2 programme “A House Through Time” has sparked an interest in people to find out who owned and/or lived in their house in the past.   For me, as a genealogist, the interest is not in the builder or the architecture, but the people who lived there. I’ve just finished researching a building in Glasgow, which consists (and always has) of […]

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Favourite Photo

Favourite Photo

I have a fairly large collection of old family photographs.  I’m lucky that many of them have names and/or dates written on the back so I know or can work out who they are of.  Choosing a favourite is difficult.  Do I choose the one of my Mum and Dad taken in the 1960s that, for as long as I can remember, sat on the […]

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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.

Some lovely feedback from clients……….

“Thank-you for the detailed and comprehensive report. We are very thankful to have found you.”

“This is fantastic, XXXX will be very pleased. Thank you very much for all your hard work in this. Much appreciated.”

“I am impressed with the professional way you have approached my assignment and grateful for the things you have discovered … Best wishes from a satisfied client”

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.

I am a member of the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (ASGRA), the Register of Qualified Genealogists and the Scottish Genealogy Network.