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Evidence from DNA Matches

From the outset my family tree application has been completely document-based. I started out with documents like certificates, then added parish records, and recently added relationships taken from less structured documents like wills. Although it quickly became apparent that it … Continue reading

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The Phillips Family of Hastings

John Phillips‘s parentage had been an early brick wall in my research, as there was no father’s name given on his marriage certificate when he married Frances Vidler in December 1841 (I checked both the GRO and parish versions of … Continue reading

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Unusual Occupations

Some of the more unusual occupations I’ve come across in my family tree: Bricklayer (Mary Jackson) Higgler (Samuel Burchett) Straw Platter [sic] (Emma Camp) one of his Ma[jes]t[ie]s most honorable Privy Councell (Sir Julius Ceaser) Tinman (Charles Vie) Chicken Gatherer … Continue reading

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Bringing the past back to life

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There’s currently an amazing web application online, called, which adds colour to old black-and-white photos. Unsurprisingly it wasn’t able to do much with older or poorer quality photos from my site, but I think the results below are quite … Continue reading

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The Vintens

Over the past few weeks I’ve had a particularly frustrating time trying to take my Vinten line back further than the baptism of my 4x-great-grandfather William and his brother James, sons of William and Racheal [sic], in Orpington in 1804. … Continue reading

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Two Upton Marriages

My great-great-great-great-grandparents Thomas Upton and his wife Sarah had children baptised in Bromley in Kent in the 1820s and 1830s but for a long time couldn’t find a marriage which I was confident was theirs. The only likely one I … Continue reading

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Online Map of Late Nineteenth-Century London

The National Library of Scotland has an absolutely phenomenal online resource for those of us with ancestors from nineteenth-century London, Ordnance Survey Maps, London, Five feet to the Mile, 1893-1896. Yes, you read that right, five feet to the mile … Continue reading

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Tentative Identifications for John Shorter

My system of Tentative Identifications is fine when there are two or three individuals involved, but in the case of John Shorter there are five! So rather than create a complicated network of links, I’ve listed below a selection of … Continue reading

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Delighted to discover that there have been some really useful changes to the GRO’s certificate ordering service. It now has its own searchable birth and death indexes (you need to be logged in with your usual certificate-ordering details). What’s got … Continue reading

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My Elusive Celtic Ancestors: Update

Back in 2011 I blogged about the difficulties I was having in tracing the backgrounds of David Dear and Margaret Perrow. Today I have updated my website with some relevant documents, so I thought it was time to post an … Continue reading

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