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You Know What Happens in Genealogy When You Assume!

Scott Phillips | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

No matter how long I have been working in genealogy and family history, every so often I find that I need a bit of a reminder, or a kick in the tush, to not fall into the trap of assumption. After all, I know full well what happens when I assume ... as they say, 'it makes an ass out of you and me'.

The Value in Being Multidimensional in Your Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Working on one's genealogy and family history is often quite like the proverbial saying about the forest and its trees. If your focus is set on finding just one detail, you might miss many others. Likewise if your approach is too scattered you risk missing an important detail, or more.

Five Ways to Pay It Forward in Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The genealogy community is, by and large, a very sociable, caring, and sharing one. While we all enjoy the vast amounts of materials that are out there for us to access electronically (so free and some not-so-free) it is important to remember that we, as genealogists, each need to pay-it-forward every so often.

I've Got a Bone to Pick With the Genealogy Community

Scott Phillips | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

very one of us is free to undertake our family history work for what ever reason it is that motivates us. If you are a member of the LDS church and are doing it to further your religious beliefs that is just fine. If you are doing it purely for enjoyment, that is fine as well.

No Wonder We Love Genealogy: It Is Scientifically Proven to Be Good for Us

Scott Phillips | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The more I read the more I see real connections between genealogy/working on our family history/ancestry and the psychological benefits of the nostalgia it might trigger!

A Genealogy 'Must': Be Sure to Include All Aspects of Your Family in All Your Gatherings

Scott Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

The more inviting we make genealogy, the more we will entice others to join us in our family history, love of genealogy, and our ancestral journeys!

Genealogy Efforts Beyond Your Family: Consider Expanding

Scott Phillips | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Recently I started thinking more and more that I needed to expand my efforts to something even broader. I wasn't sure what it might be, but I knew I was developing an itch to take a step up and undertake a project something that would not only meet my interests, but also to make a difference to folks far beyond my direct reach.

Genealogy Lessons Learned From Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

n the many years I have been pursuing my genealogy, ancestry, and family history as a genealogical historian I have been blessed to learn much. Much about family, history, people both living and dead, and how to be what I like to think is an effective genealogist.

Story-telling in the Land of My Fathers

Wendy Jones | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Jones

Tracing family history always throws up stories because people make stories. It doesn't really matter that these people are related to you - I still maintain that - but mining your own family for stories is as good an option as any.

Christopher Guest's Finest Moment? Easy... Or Is It?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

Every time you sit back and rock with laughter at the efforts of 'The Office', 'The Royle Family', 'Arrested Development' and 'Modern Family', send a ...

The Three Critical C's of Collaboration: Concern, Care, and Comfort

Scott Phillips | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

In my genealogy work, when I have collaborated as a team, we have ended up with some of the finest outcomes we could have hoped for. Many of which would not have been possible without collaborating.

Genealogy and Journals: Preserve, Protect, and Defend

Scott Phillips | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While I fully understand that journals can be highly private matters, if someone leaves one to another family member(s) or the 'family library' then, at least in my mind, it moves from the realm of 'private journal' to 'history book'. You may disagree with this point of view...

Long Lost Family: More Than TV Drama

Brett Janes | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Janes

Whether you're searching for long-lost family or want more information about your ancestors, you might find lots of scandals and surprises along the way. From bigamy to secret children and even prison sentences, it's amazing what information you can dig up and it can easily become quite addictive. So just how do you get started?

Is There a Future for Improvising Broadcast Comedy?

Pete Strauss | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Pete Strauss

Comedy, like almost everything else in the world, goes through different phases. Inspired by the success of Curb Your Enthusiasm, there's been an increasing number of improvised comedies being produced or in the pipeline. But after distinctly mixed reviews for Jeff Garlin's Dealin' with Idiots and Christopher Guests Family Tree, is this a sustainable format?

The Genealogy Community Needs More Respect or it Will Destroy Itself!

Scott Phillips | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Without more respect in the genealogy community the popularity of genealogy will begin to crash and burn, the growth will stop, and the buzz will cease. To me it is simple .... Far more folks in genealogy need to be respectful and accepting of anyone's, and everyone's, reasons for undertaking their genealogy, ancestral studies, and pursuit of their family history.

In Conversation With... Jim Piddock, Co-Creator of BBC2's 'Family Tree'

Hanna Flint | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hanna Flint

Christopher Guest is back with his new TV series Family Tree starring Chris O'Dowd as a down-and-out guy trying to find his roots through genealogy. But Guest didn't do it alone as British actor and filmmaker Jim Piddock co-created the funnyman's version of Who Do You Think You Are?...

Three Keys to Involving the Younger Generations in Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Involving the younger generations in family history is not magic. Let's take my answer apart and look at its three features to create our next generation of family history fans!

Genealogy Alert: Check This Out if You Have Church of England Clergy Ancestors

Scott Phillips | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While Peter was helping me with a substantial family will from the mid 1800s, he noted that one of my ancestors named as an heir in the will was a Reverend. He casually suggested that I might want to investigate the website for the Church of England Clergy.

Where the Hell is the Quality Movement in Genealogy?

Scott Phillips | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

I have encountered many pundits screaming the demand that all genealogy MUST be shared, open, and available to all (no, it does not). Funny they never care about the quality of what gets shared. I encountered many others just screaming anything in an effort to simply grow the pool of potential money for themselves.

'Real World' Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians

Scott Phillips | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

We all love to get tips on how to be better, more effective, efficient, etc. This is sure true for me when I am doing my genealogy and family history work. Unfortunately, I have found that often times the 'tips' are so involved, complex, and time consuming that if I followed them I would never have time to do any real work tracing my family, which is what I love the most!

Win Ancestry Family Tree Makers

Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

Look a little closer at this vintage family photo of children larking around on the beach - could one of the boys be your Great Grandfather? If yo...

Chris O'Dowd To Star In Christopher Guest Mockumentary

The Independent | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Comedy

As Nigel Tufnel, the raddled English rocker who wants his amp to go “one louder”, Christopher Guest secured his place in Hollywood comedy lore. No...

Discover Your Ancestors’ Incredible Journeys

Posted 17.10.2012 | UK

Britain may be an island, but it has never been isolated from the rest of the world. Our ancestors have been travelling to and from our shores for gen...

The 12 Worst Questions to Ask a Family Historian or Genealogist

Scott Phillips | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK
Scott Phillips

As the holiday season begins to approach, I offer this advice to anyone who is lucky enough to have a family history buff or genealogist in the family. I suggest you write these down on a 3 x 5 card and stick them in your pocket, purse, or wallet for quick reference. At one party or another you are bound to silently say 'thank you, Scott!

Family Tree: Military And Occupation Records

Posted 08.10.2012 | UK

If you have found your relatives, these detailed records will have told you their addresses, their birthplaces – and their jobs. These findings will...