June 27, 2018

Is that you I hear reaching for the smelling salts at the very thought of using reverse genealogy?

You’ve always been told to start with what you know and then work backwards when researching the family tree, right?  But trust me, it’s ok to do the opposite and start wi...

June 23, 2018

Did any of your ancestors serve on the front with the allied forces during World War 1?

If they did, you will be interested to learn that Forces War Records ($) have so far transcribed and uploaded one million World War 1 casualty records.

Despite the term “casualty list...

April 2, 2018

Level – Advanced

Time to read – 3 mins

This week's most memorable website is DNA Painter.  The free web-based tool is designed primarily to 'paint' and colour-code DNA segments on your 23 chromosome pairs according to the ancestors from whom they were inherited. 

DNA...

March 30, 2018

As a proud Victorian, Easter always makes me think of the annual Stawell Gift, Australia's pre-eminent foot race since 1878.  That in turn makes me think of my pioneering Barnes family who were among Stawell's founding fathers.  My 3xgreat grandfather arrived in Austra...

March 28, 2018

Level :  Advanced

Time : 5 mins

The Tithe Maps and Apportionments are a valuable yet little used source of information about our ancestors. The Tithe Commissioners surveyed England and Wales in early Victorian times which produced some of the country's earliest large sca...

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