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.

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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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Start

Start

I’m often asked what got me started in genealogy and researching family trees.  Most people start with their own history and move on from there, but I started with my husband.  There were lots of ideas in his family about where their surname – Keter – came from (it’s pronounced the same as Peter). Some said it was “the Hebrew word for crown” Other suggestions […]

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Grandpa’s War

Grandpa’s War

At this time of year we remember those who were killed or wounded in war and conflicts.  I’m lucky, both my grandfathers served in the First World War and survived. I know little about what my paternal grandfather did.  All I have are his medals, which tell me that he was an Acting Warrant Officer, Class II with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.  He died […]

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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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