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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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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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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Here Comes the Bride

Here Comes the Bride

Our local church held an event recently where they asked brides who had been married in the church and who still had their dress if they would lend them for an exhibition. The invitations led to a superb display of 90 dresses from the 1950s to the present day.  Those who no longer had their dress were invited to submit a photograph.  There were plenty of […]

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Against the Odds

Against the Odds

Sometimes when researching a family’s history, you come across some sad tales but, somehow, people survive and thrive against the odds. One such story was that of a young deaf and dumb girl, admitted to Donaldson’s Hospital in Edinburgh in August 1879.  Her entry in the admission register states that she had an older sister and a younger brother, that her mother was dead and […]

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