April 21, 20206:09 amLeave a Comment

I think I may have mentioned before that I’m not very au fait with social media, although I’m getting better.  However, recently I’ve got slightly addicted to Pinterest. For anyone who doesn’t know (and I didn’t until quite recently) it’s a sort of search engine for images. I discovered it as I’m a keen crafter […]

Love Your Library Service!

April 17, 20205:56 amLeave a Comment

What’s not to love about libraries – particularly Surrey ones?  Well, nothing really!  It’s a shame that just at present we are unable to get books out but there is so much more to Surrey Library Service than simply paper books! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! E-books: A great selection […]

Homework Time!

April 14, 20206:17 amLeave a Comment

Palaeography Practice! Okay – homework time!  You may not be able to get to record offices and local studies libraries just at present but, like so many children ‘home-schooling’ at the moment, this is a great time to revise some essential skills for the family historian! Palaeography (that is, reading old documents) is a bit […]

Getting Organised!

April 9, 20207:01 amLeave a Comment

Isn’t it amazing how much ‘stuff’ gets generated by studying family history?  All those certificates, print-outs, maps, photocopies, etc – it’s incredible just how quickly they all build up and how easy it is for it all to get out of hand.  In short, you can become swamped! So how do we keep it all […]

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The Spinsters’ Select Seaside Syndicate

April 8, 202012:29 pmLeave a Comment

Written by Jane Lewis My family home for many years was in the small village of Llanfairfechan in North Wales. You have probably never heard of it but if you have every travelled along the A55 towards Holyhead, you have certainly been through it! Blessed with glorious mountains and a stunning beach, Llanfairfechan has always […]

Virtual Family History Research

April 7, 20206:07 amLeave a Comment

Travelling to family history fairs is not an option at the moment but that does not mean that we can’t take advantage of some of the wonderful resources to be found online. Every year Family Search hosts the HUGE 4 day Rootstech family history fair in Salt Lake City and by all accounts it is […]

You’re Never Too Young!

April 3, 20206:15 amLeave a Comment

I’ve got a friend with three children, two of them school age, who is already finding it tough to be incarcerated in the house with a schedule of home schooling.  Hats off to all parents and teachers who are trying to make this difficult situation as easy and stress-free as possible. However, this got me […]

Findmypast for Surrey Residents

April 2, 20203:56 pmLeave a Comment

Important notice for Surrey residents. Family history website Findmypast is offering limited free access to its digitised records to Surrey residents confined to barracks so they can continue (or indeed begin) to explore their family’s history from home. Please note that the number of records that can be downloaded through this means is subject to […]

Digging Up The Past!

March 31, 20206:50 amLeave a Comment

Surrey History Centre is a great place to work!  Not only do we house our wonderful Surrey Ancestors but also share space and so much more with the Surrey County Archaeological Unit. Now as far as I see it, there is little to choose between archaeologists and family historians.  Both are dogged in their determination […]

Anniversaries of Alice

Bored? Bewildered? Exhausted by online browsing?

March 27, 20201:40 pmLeave a Comment

If you’re looking for online learning or something fun and creative for the kids to do then we hope the following resources will help bust the boredom during the current lockdown. Channel your creativity, be inspired and learn something new with the selection of free on-line educational and entertaining resources offered by Surrey Heritage and […]