Sunday, 26 June 2011

Family Tree News 26 June 2011

Found a lovely review of my Family Researcher website this week. Head on over to Illiana Ancestors to see what Joan Griffis has to say about some of my free family tree and blitz research resources.

Thanks for your kind words Joan. And I know what you mean about the spellchecker – mine just could not cope either!

Went to the Coventry Archives this week. As I have said previously, it is great to see them open again, and really helpful as I needed to look up historical Workhouse records. Not everything is back to normal yet, in that some shelves are still bare but the records are safe in the vault and available on request. I suspect they are being cautious due to recent vandalism which resulted in broken windows.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Family Tree News 20 June 2011

Many thanks to the Questionable Content Team at for their quick response. I was delighted to find that Lulu’s service was helpful and swift in regards to the issue of the counterfeit version of the Dictionary of Old Occupations which my husband quickly spotted and reported.

I suppose I should see it as flattery that people rip off my work from time to time and pass it off as their own, whether it be website content or otherwise. Just glad I have help on hand to diligently search for and deal with these incidents so that I can focus on family tree and historical research without all these distractions myself! I do feel sorry for anyone taken in by perpetrators though.

Finally, there was a good piece in the Coventry Telegraph this week regarding the reopening of the history centre, and a list of some of the valuable and fascinating old documents they hold – such as a charter from King Henry III, King Edward III and a letter from Anne Boleyn. Great to see things are back to normal, I will be popping in any day now.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Family Tree News 12 June 2011

Good news! The Coventry Archives, aka the Coventry History Centre re-opened on June 9th after having been closed for repairs since before last Christmas. Opening hours for the Archives are 10:30 to 3:30 Tuesday to Saturday.

This week I have been working on a variety of photo family trees for people. It is interesting to see what the ancestors you are researching actually look like. Compared to a traditional family tree document, I often find that a photo family tree has that bit of extra magic, particularly when I unearth old photographs from 70+ years ago. Do remember to ask about photo family trees if you wish to commission me to research your family tree.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Family Tree News 5 June 2011

I have been focussing on researching more details about victims of the Coventry Blitz recently, and publishing the findings on my family tree website this week. If you have the surnames Gaskine, Gibbons, Gillespie or Golder in family trees you are researching then these may be of help.