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Your oldest document

This post is by Wayne Shepheard. What is the oldest document you have found for an ancestor? Do you have a picture or image copy of it? Church registers are among the most common sources for information. They are also … Continue reading

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Progress of a sort

This is a post by Pharos co-founder Sherry Irvine. It is with some embarrassment that I confess that so many months have passed since my first article on getting back to my family history – to making a start at … Continue reading

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Rejected Apprentices – a little known source

This is a guest post by Stuart A. Raymond What did you have to do in order to have your application to become a freeman of the City of Exeter to be rejected? For the period 1780-1802, the answer is … Continue reading

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My Family History – What Now?

This post is by Pharos co-founder, Sherry Irvine. We moved three months ago. We have done what many do at some point in retirement, moved to a much smaller home, one that is closer to family. The change precipitated lots … Continue reading

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When is DNA not important to family history?

This post is by Wayne Shepheard I have quite an old copy (dated 1984) of the Concise Oxford Dictionary on my bookshelf. I don’t think much has changed over the years since it was published so it remains a reliable … Continue reading

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The next big thing?

The recent announcement that Findmypast and The National Archives http://www.findmypast.co.uk/1939register are making available the National Registration Act 1939 ‘census’ is very exciting.  This Act led to the population of Britain being issued with identity cards as the second World War … Continue reading

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It’s family history Jim, but not as we know it

This is a post by Simon Fowler, Author, Tutor and Professional Genealogist.  We thought this was an interesting follow-up to the general discussions about only doing genealogy online.  Family reunions may perpetuate those old family myths, but they are fun! … Continue reading

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Why genealogists love general elections

This post is by Stuart Raymond, Pharos Tutor and prolific genealogy author As another general election approaches, it is time for genealogists to think about what is in it for them. Answer: a great deal of evidence! The records of … Continue reading

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Pursuing Probates

This is a guest post by Andrew Millard who maintains a very useful webpage listing probate records Probate records are a gold mine of information for genealogists, but the records can be hard to find. Prior to the creation of … Continue reading

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What happened in the year….?

This is a guest post by Wayne Shepheard I have a booklet, given to me by my sister on the occasion of my 60th birthday, called Once Upon a Time in the World 1945. It resides in the bathroom, along … Continue reading

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