Genealogy

Autumn and Genealogy - A Great Match

Scott Phillips | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

This is a great time of year for me! I love genealogy and I love autumn. It is a terrific time of year offering some exceptional combinations for those of us who love genealogy.

Genealogy Organisations Need to Focus on Only One Thing: VALUE

Scott Phillips | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

In my opinion there is really only one reason folks join a genealogy society and that reason is value. Likewise, it seems to me that there is also only one real reason folks leave them, which is that they perceive they are receiving no value for their dues.

A Postcard From Pastavy

Robin Lustig | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

What is it about railway stations that conjures up ghosts of the past? I'm standing on the platform in Pastavy (or Postavy), deep in the Belarussian countryside, almost exactly 100 years since my friend Stu Seidel's grandfather, Julius Seidel, stood on this same platform (or one very like it) and boarded a train to start a new life in the New World.

In the Footsteps of Our Families

Robin Lustig | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Like an ever-increasing number of people, we have a growing interest in our families' origins. But also because, as journalists, we can't help but be aware that migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the world we live in. So it's only natural that as the son and grandson of immigrants, we're irresistibly tempted to use our own families' pasts as a way of examining the present and the future.

Cherie Blair's Family 'Too Boring' For The BBC

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Cherie Blair's family history was deemed "too boring" by genealogists researching for the BBC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' The long-running s...

Seven Solid Rules for Genealogy and Family History

Scott Phillips | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

These basic rules fit so very well with what we, as genealogy and family historian fans should be practicing in our own communities if we want to attract more folks, especially family members, to our shared love of working on our genealogy and our passion for understanding our family history and ancestors.

Time to Start Planning Your Genealogy Tricks for Those Summer Family Gatherings

Scott Phillips | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Ah yes, it's summertime! A time for family gatherings of all sorts! Family reunions, picnics, and impromptu get togethers of all sorts! Each and every one of these can be a perfect time for your genealogy and family history story-gathering efforts! Stories, memories, tidbits, and more are the perfect way to enhance your family tree!

They Were Cornish, But Why Didn't They Tell the Census Takers?

Scott Phillips | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

In Genealogy, one of the first steps each of us must take is to find the home village of our ancestors. At times this search is relatively (pun intended) simple when one of our family elders is still living and can tell us directly.

Genealogy and Working Your Cornish Roots: Just Find the Holes in the Earth

Scott Phillips | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

f you have any Cornish blood or Cornish branches in your family tree, you are most likely familiar with the adage often repeated to me by my paternal grandfather 'Gramps' Phillipps: "If there is a hole anywhere on earth, you're sure to find a Cornishman at the bottom of it."

Got Cornish Genealogy? HUGE news today

Scott Phillips | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

For all of us who work on our Cornish genealogy, family history, and roots today is a huge day! A 15 years plus effort culminated, in part, today with the announcement today by Chief Secretary, Danny Alexander, saying the Cornish are to be recognized as a national minority group for the first time!

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.

Genealogy Is Nothing but a Game!

Scott Phillips | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

"Scott. You look like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Lighten up, kiddo!" I must have heard this phrase from my parents a million times. Now as I spend my career working in the field of genealogy at Onward To Our Past®, I think it is an apt phrase for many who pursue their ancestry, genealogy, and family history.

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!

'Stress and the Strain': Personal Memories, National Narratives, and the First World War

Jamie Andrews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Jamie Andrews

My granddad died a year ago. We've been clearing out his papers. Like so many men of his generation (he was born in 1921), his early adult life was cut around the events of the Second World War. And, like many of his generation, his was not the first experience of war-service in the family. Amongst the papers he left, we also came across documents and letters about his own father's service in what became the First World War...

Who Inspired Your Love of Genealogy

Scott Phillips | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Who was it that inspired YOU to really 'get into' genealogy and family history? Who was the person, or were the people, who were responsible for igniting your passion to delve into learning who you were, where your roots had been planted, and what that common word 'family' really means?

Genealogy and New Years: Some Commonsense Suggestions for Us All

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Rather than suggesting resolutions here, I am going to offer some commonsense suggestions that will, I believe, help make your family history and genealogy efforts more effective and successful

In Genealogy It Is Not Who You Know, but Who You Don't Know

Scott Phillips | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Scott Phillips

My biggest breakthroughs, most significant finds, and most amazing discoveries have all come from not who I already knew, but from new associates, allies, mentors, and researchers who I had never known before I employed my system of casting the widest net possible whenever I hit a bumpy patch in my work.

Genealogy as Therapy (Geneatherapy)

Scott Phillips | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

My geneatherapy has helped me, my family, my extended family, old friends, new friends and colleagues, and provided me with endless (and I do mean endless) hours, to which my wife will attest, of learning and losing myself in subjects I never dreamed I would find an interest in earlier in my life.

A Genealogy Must: Carrying on Your Family Traditions

Scott Phillips | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Even though our children and grandchildren are all over a thousand miles away, their special gifts went winging their way to them so they all could celebrate St. Nicholas Day in style...and I am happy to report that there was no need for us to buy any coal!

Genealogy and Family Gatherings: Make the Most of Them with Genealogy Secret Weapons

Scott Phillips | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

Now some years later as a genealogical historian, father, and grandfather, I really love family gatherings all the more. Not only for the family time and memories, but also for the exceptional opportunity they afford to enhance what I like to call 'the tapestry of our family history'.

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!

A Genealogy 'Prime Directive': Avoid the 'Rose-Colored Glasses Effect' at All Costs!

Scott Phillips | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Phillips

While I fully understand and appreciate their frustration, one of the factors I find that often influences this frustration is what I call the 'Rose-Colored Glasses Effect' and it needs to be avoided in everyone's family history and genealogy work.