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Are your ancestors boring?

Are your ancestors boring?

Both Michael Parkinson and Cherie Blair have said they were told their ancestors were “too boring” for them to be included in a Who Do You Think You Are? programme. What exactly do they mean by “boring”?  Is “boring” in terms of a television programme the same as “boring” to anyone else? The celebrities that have been featured have looked at a whole range of aspects of […]

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We Will Remember Them

We Will Remember Them

Sometimes genealogical research is not about finding ancestors so much as finding out about one person’s life – however short it may have been. Over the last few years, for a couple of projects, I have researched the lives of some of the former pupils of a school in Glasgow where I look after the archives.  One of these projects was to try learn some […]

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Marion Macleod from Lewis

Marion Macleod from Lewis

I’ve just recently come back to looking at my paternal grandmother and her family.  When I first looked (many years ago) I was put off because all the names were the same and I found it difficult to unravel who was who.  You see, Grandma was born a Macleod from the Isle of Lewis.  I managed to trace back a couple of generations but then […]

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Welcome!

Welcome!

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 about experiences in searching out elusive ancestors, about the people and paces 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 […]

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