April 27, 2018

One of the more obvious places to go for information on service personnel is The National Archives. And although I had visited the site a number of times at the start of my research I had somehow overlooked this resource when it came to finding the service card for Wil...

April 22, 2018

I had booked a stand-up comedy gig in Hull many months ago, not just because it looked fun to do but also because I realised it could conveniently help fund a family research trip, as my grandfather and great uncle were born in that city.

As the months have gone on the...

April 17, 2018

I was hoping to get more information on Fred Cowling's bankruptcy. The National Archives seem to point back to the Durham Records Office when it comes to looking for bankruptcy records. So for £32 and an hour’s research I requested the Office to find out what they coul...

April 14, 2018

I was trying to find out more information on Fred Cowling’s bankruptcy using ‘old-fashioned’ internet searches when I chanced on a mention of him in the London Standard newspaper which I had never seen before.

The edition of January 17th 1913 reads: “Frederick Watkin Co...

April 10, 2018

I decided to post another question to #AncestryHour on Twitter this week, on the vague off-chance someone might be able to identify anything from the mysterious two photos in the old family album, which may or may not be of my serving great uncles.


For the photo of the...

April 3, 2018

I had a stand-up comedy gig in Liverpool last night so thought I could stay overnight in the city, then call in at the Durham Records Office on the way back up to Scotland the following day. I booked a place to do some research in advance and hoped I would find out mor...

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