Sorting, Cleaning, Indexing and so much more!

December 6, 20182:59 pmLeave a Comment

We’re stock-checking for the next couple of weeks and having to do all those jobs we’ve been putting off because we can’t do them when we are open to the public. This is not always the best fun, I can tell you. It often involves intense physical work (re-shelving documents) cleaning documents (which can be […]

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October 2, 20181:28 pmLeave a Comment


Far and Wide: researching our ancestors overseas

September 28, 20188:34 amLeave a Comment

Hello – did you miss me?  Sorry not to have blogged for 3 weeks but I’ve been having such an amazing time!  First of all, I had a holiday in Italy (yes, they do let me out from time to time!) and when I returned, we had lots of preparation for the wonderful London Family […]

A Woman of Mystery!

August 31, 20188:00 amLeave a Comment

You really can’t always trust what your ancestors say on the census – or on other documents for that matter.  My father’s maternal grandfather modestly describes himself as a ‘Cotton Spinner’ on the 1901 census when he was actually a partner in a very successful cotton mill employing over 250 people in the Wigan area.   […]

Wedded Bliss!

I read somewhere recently that the average cost of a wedding in the UK is £27,000. I nearly fell off my perch when I read this and thanked whoever was listening that I hadn’t got any children – if I had, they certainly wouldn’t have got £27,000 from me, or even assuming only a half […]

Brick Walls – and why I don’t like them!

The term ‘Brick Wall’ has crept into the language of family history research and seems set to stay.  You can’t pick up a book or a magazine article which doesn’t offer advice on how to break one down, climb over one, battle through one –any day now I’m expecting an article on how to pole […]

Photograph of Harriet Costelloe, College Archivist at Royal Holloway, University of London

Women’s Suffrage and Royal Holloway College

June 5, 201812:27 pmLeave a Comment

Guest blog: Harriet Costelloe, College Archivist, Royal Holloway, University of London As a result of being an early women’s higher education college, Royal Holloway College in Egham has many illustrious female alumnae, including some who took an active role in the suffrage movement after leaving College and many who interacted with the issues surrounding women’s […]

Scottish Research

Hello – I’m back! What an amazing holiday I had in Scotland tracing my ancestors with my wonderful friend Jill, who was invaluable in helping me soak up so much information on my Scottish forebears. Visiting the Scotland’s People Centre and the National Records of Scotland was certainly one of the highlights of the trip […]

Hello from Scotland!

When you read this blog I shall be conducting a little ancestral tourism in Scotland! Although I shall be ferreting away in the Scotland’s People centre and the National Records of Scotland, the main reason is to actually see where my ancestors lived and worked and walk a little way in their footsteps. Like similar […]

A Great Story!

I do love a good story and if you are lucky enough to work in an archive as I do, you can find great stories in practically every document you look through.  A friend and colleague here at Surrey History Centre has been working with volunteers to catalogue a wonderful collection of photographs by Woking […]