March 2010

How Did You Get Into History or Genealogy Poll

Here are the results of our 13th Unlock the Past poll - How did you get into history or genealogy? 116 people voted indicating a huge range of things which triggered their initial interest - "other" scored the most votes.

The Accidental Finding of a Long Lost Relative

I’m sure most - if not all - people interested or acquainted with the field of genealogy have experienced that moment of surprise mixed with a bit of excitement when they discover that someone who they already know is related to them. With my interests lying in history, not genealogy, and my heritage still waiting for proper investigation, I had yet to experience such a classic moment. My attempts at discovering my family tree have been minimal at best and my knowledge shamefully limited of whence I came.

Brick Wall Solutions - the elusive Alfred Beeston

The question I’ve heard repeatedly from English friends since 1992 is “What have you done with our Alfred?”

Whilst researching my own Beeston family who originated in Mugginton, Derbyshire then progressively moved to Fenny Bentley, Kniveton, and Hognaston (all in Derbyshire) before going to Heaton Norris (Lancashire

Genealogy Software Poll

Here are the results of our 12th Unlock the Past poll - What genealogy software do you use? 226 people voted casting a total of 307 votes. As well as presenting an overall summary of the results the graph displays the percentages of voters using each of the programs listed in the poll (Mac programs in red).

The usefulness of digitised records when researching

For the past 2 years I have been researching Lutheran history in South Australia and their response to Hitler. It’s a fascinating topic and one that’s never been looked at before so there’s not much information and only a small portion compiled.

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