A Tangled Web!

May 15, 20206:07 amLeave a Comment

There can be nothing more frustrating in family history research than coming up against the birth or baptism of an illegitimate child where the father is not named.  Technically a father had to always be present at a civil registration for his name to go on the certificate although it was not unknown for a […]

Something new and Exciting!

May 14, 202010:24 amLeave a Comment

Well, this is a new departure for me – an online presentation – where you can hear my dulcet tones if you wish! While many of us are ‘confined to barracks’ I thought we could explore some tips and ideas for researching family history in short 5 minute presentations and today I’d like to look […]

Why Databases Don’t Always Work!

May 12, 20208:16 amLeave a Comment

Have you ever found something on Ancestry.co.uk or Find My Past – and then tried to find it again and can’t?  This drives me nuts and I was determined to find out why this was happening. Now, I should just point out that what know about computers and the internet would happily only fill the […]

Surprising Gems in Unexpected Places!

May 7, 20202:52 pmLeave a Comment

I think I’ve said before that working in an archive is a wonderful thing for a family historian and you are inclined to find some wonderful family history resources in the most unlikely places. Surrey History Centre as you may or may not know has its own research service.  While a fair amount of our […]

Family History Myth Busting!

May 5, 20206:51 amLeave a Comment

You don’t half hear some nonsense spoken about family history.  People do love speaking in absolutes and delivering sweeping statements such as ‘Well, of course, in those days people always…..” or “They would never have done that” and similar.  Well, I’ve been doing this for more years than I care to remember and I can […]

Ancestry for Free!

May 4, 202010:44 amLeave a Comment

Ancestry are providing free access at this time to the Surrey History Centre records on their site, including Surrey parish registers, electoral registers, hospital records and much more. All you need do is click on the link below http://www.ancestry.co.uk/s108245/t43693/rd.ashx You will then need to sign in (button at top right of the Ancestry website). If […]


May 1, 20206:13 amLeave a Comment

When I win the lottery (which as I think I’ve mentioned before, I expect any day now!) I will donate a sum of money to the History Centre to pay for a large sign over the door which states “People Moved Around” – because they do!  It is one of family history’s enduring myths that […]

An Amazing Resource!

April 28, 20206:07 amLeave a Comment

I’m very conscious that there are a lot of people out there who are ‘confined to barracks’ to use a military term!  It is so important that we stay at home but equally important that we keep ourselves fit and well in both mind and body.  Over to Joe Wicks for the latter but we […]

Remembering Family Stories

April 24, 20206:03 amLeave a Comment

Years ago, I was out with my mother strolling along the seafront in Colwyn Bay near where I grew up.  It was a lovely, hot sunny day (and trust me, if you grow up in North Wales you appreciate the rare treat of hot sunny days!) and my mother startled me by announcing that this […]

Stay Home, Save Lives, and discover more about the historic landscapes of Surrey

April 21, 202011:54 amLeave a Comment

In common with all non-essential workers, HER team members are now working from home or, in the case of one of the HER Assistants, in a redeployed role as part of Surrey County Council’s frontline response efforts to the Coronavirus outbreak (for further information and advice please see the dedicated pages on the Surrey County […]