Prove It !!!!



   For many years now I have recommended that my students get a genealogy buddy who’s job apart from listening to long, sometimes very long, ancestral stories is to go over a piece of tricky genealogical research and tell them if they have a case for including that person in their family tree. In others words the buddy makes you prove it beyond reasonable doubt!!

Here is an article that outlines what you need to have done before you can conclude that you have found the most likeliest candidate to be your great grandfather – or whoever. The further you go back the harder it is to be able to say you are 100% certain you have got your man/woman. All you can do is look at the evidence available and come to a conclusion and that is where your buddy and this article comes in.


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The Ship’s List



   This is what it says on the front page of The Ship’s List website………..

The Ships List website, online since August 1999, will help you find your ancestors on ships’ passenger lists.We also have immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa. Be sure to check the "special projects," listed below.
We have over 3,000 totally free access web-pages with new databases added regularly .

Sounds like a useful site to bookmark!


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Working Class Movement Library

Working Class ArchiveRather a well hidden secret this website. Plenty of background information on the working lives of our ancestors plus a history of the Trade Union movement. You can visit the library at Salford and consult it’s archives. Also there is an interesting and affordable postal book shop if a visit isn’t possible.



More online books for Genealogists !

Internet Archive Books OnlineHere is another web site that makes online books available free of charge. Many will of be of interest to genealogists.




Genealogy Conference 2009

2009 FFHS ConferenceOpen The Door & Here Are The People is the title of the major UK genealogical conference for 2009.

I attended a similar conference in Northampton a couple of years ago and it was great. Total immersion genealogy for 4 days. The venue, speakers, food and atmosphere was wonderful. I shall try and attend this years conference, depending on the state of the piggy bank nearer the time. If you have the opportunity to attend do go, it will be a worthwhile experience.

The latest press release announces another 2 speakers.

“We are excited to announce two further eminent speakers for the OPEN THE DOOR … conference.

Professor Richard Holmes, the noted military historian, is particularly well-known through his many television presentations, including the Battlefields series and Wellington, the Iron Duke. He the author of many best-selling books including Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front and Sahib: The British Soldier in India.

Dr Nick Barratt is a prolific reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history. He is best known as a presenter on Who Do You Think You Are? and Hidden House Histories. Nick is also the author of many books including Tracing the history of your house and The family detective.”

Take a look at the website and start saving those pennies !