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...

March 27, 2018

I’m a moderate user of Twitter so decided to give #AncestryHour a go. The hour in question is weekly at 7pm on a Tuesday, so at 7pm I tweeted an introduction and posed a question about my grandfather, the one who served in the Austro-Hungarian army in the First World W...

March 24, 2018

I've been setting up the website and social media accounts for 'Conflict of Interest' ready for launch. I will adopt this picture as the design for the project. Its elements are based on my own ideas but the whole was brought to fruition courtesy of my artistic designe...

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