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Find the missing pieces

You have found your family on the 1911 Census and are wondering what to do next?
It’s easy to miss key clues that our ancestors have left for us on the Census.
Was your ancestor a butcher, or a chandler? Was there a soldier in your ancestry?
Researching occupations can bring rich rewards.
So which archive holds the records you want?
How do you make the best use of each archive?
Let me guide you through the next steps in revealing your family history.

Use our local knowledge

The popular television series has challenged us all to ask, ‘who do we think we are?’ For many of us who begin this search, there is no quick fix. Many obstacles exist in the path to uncovering our past.

Putting people together

What does history mean to you? Time was when school history was all about dates, battles, monarchs, heroes, myths and legends. A keen memory could keep you top of the class. But there is another kind of history – your history. The family historian, although working on a small canvas, has much to offer to our understanding of the past.

Lunchtime lectures

I was delighted to be part of the team of who delivered a series of lunchtime lectures, in the National Library of Ireland in August 2012. The talks covered a very wide range of topics and was very well received by a an audience that grew each day as the month progressed. The talks demonstrated the great interest in the topic of family, local and social history that exists . The series assisted people in their communities to prepare for the Gathering in 2013. The series gave pointers to the many sources available to people for conducting research in to not just their own family history, but also that of their community.

It’s Your History

What does history mean to you? Time was when school history was all about dates, battles, monarchs, heroes, myths and legends. A keen memory could keep you top of the class. But there is another kind of history – your history. The family historian, although working on a small canvas, has much to offer to our understanding of the past.

Research Guidance

You have found your family on the 1911 Census and are wondering what to do next?
It’s easy to miss key clues that our ancestors have left for us on the Census.
Was your ancestor a butcher, or a chandler? Was there a soldier in your ancestry?

Get Your Family History

The popular television series has challenged us all to ask, ‘who do we think we are?’ For many of us who begin this search, there is no quick fix. Many obstacles exist in the path to uncovering our past. Not least is the problem of the fracturing of families by emigration. Distance and time and the lack of an oral tradition will prevent many from putting their family puzzle together.

Get Your Family History