Family Tree News 19 May 2013
Had to mention this... I love this newspaper story about the Blitz. Jock Forbes was the mason who made the famous Charred Cross at Coventry Cathedral after the bombing.
Family Tree News 27 April 2013
Today - at Coventry Chapel, Whitley from 10-5... Family History Conference in Coventry with Dr Nick Barratt from Who Do You Think You Are, Coventry Family History Society and others. Free admission. Be there if you can!
Family Tree News 14 April 2013
Added details about
Edward Hughes and
Harold Benjamin Hughes to the website.
Family Tree News 24 March 2013
Researched two victims of the
Coventry Blitz – Ann and David
Hughes. Read about them at the Coventry Blitz Resource Centre.
Family Tree News 09 March 2013
It was lovely to receive this week a copy of the marvellous printed book of the Lloyd Family History. Weighing in at an astounding 473 A4 pages of comprehensive research results, wonderful illustrations and family photographs, it really is a true family treasure and heirloom. It was an absolute joy to work on this project and it is fantastic to see the full thing in print after all these years.
Many thanks for sending me a copy, the book is wonderful. (And very rewarding to see my name in the acnowledgements and my family tree diagrams and research results included in this magnificent opus.)
Family Tree News 17 February 2013
I came across the interesting old census occupation of
Sad Iron Grinder when Sheila E got in touch regarding a relative who died in 1881. Sad irons are the ancestors of the domestic electric iron we all love / loathe to use in this day and age. Thanks for getting in touch Sheila - I have added both Sad Iron Grinder and Solid Iron Grinder to the Dictionary of Old Occupations.
In the news this week was hero Lionel Clarke who has just been awarded a well deserved medal for his brave efforts during the war. Lionel was an auxiliary fireman serving during world war two, and was amongst those who fought to save Coventry Cathedral when it was bombed during the
Blitz. It’s great to read stories such as this, about Coventry firefighters who braved such appalling conditions night after night to save lives and property.You can read the full story at the
Coventry Telegraph website.
Family Tree News 03 February 2013
Added Owen Martin as a possible unidentified victim of the Coventry
blitz buried in the mass grave at London Road. Thanks to information supplied by family member Anne, we know that Owen was working for a tyre factory in Coventry at the time of the blitz when he disappeared. My thanks to Anne for getting in touch; I have added Owen to the website as requested.
Family Tree News 20 January 2013
Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to Terry F and to Lucy for your kind feedback this week. It is really rewarding to receive such praise from you. I have updated my family tree testimonials page with your kind comments.
Family Tree News 12 January 2013
Angela – thank you so much for your lovely letter. It was really kind of you to take the time out to write to me to let me know how happy you are with your family tree results. It has been a while since I last updated my family tree testimonials page so I thought I would type up your letter and add it to the page. Thank you so much for writing, and best of luck with finding descendants in Wiltshire!
Family Tree News 01 January 2013
2013 is upon us already! I'd like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.
Back in November Mr J Ashfield contacted me regarding a family member who was tragically killed in the Coventry Blitz during WW2. Mr Ashfield kindly donated several photos for the website, along with details of the incident. I am very grateful to Mr Ashfield for sending me all this info, and I have now included them in the Coventry Blitz Resource Centre. Follow the link to read more about
Family Tree News 23 December 2012
Was able to update the Dictionary of Old Occupations this week. I would like to thank Richard for getting in touch regarding the occupation of
Drowner, which has been added along to the site along with a lengthier definition for Water Meadow Drowner.
Also, David C provided some useful information about the occupation
Oliver Smith, a definition of which has now been added to the site.
Many thanks to both Richard and David for contacting me and sharing useful information with us genealogy enthusiasts.
Christmas is practically upon us as I write, and I would like to send my best wishes to all my customers. It has been a pleasure to work with you all during 2012 and I look forward to continued family tree research projects in the new year.
Family Tree News 08 December 2012
In the news this week an interactive map is available both online and as an app. The map shows the locations of German bombs dropped on London during The Blitz. From an educational perspective this is a valuable resource. It is startling to see how densely bombs fell upon individual streets and homes. It highlights what a miracle it is that the city survived.
You can access the site here. There is also a BBC news article on the subject available
If you are interested in the WW2 Blitz I have lots of information about it on my own
family researcher website.
Family Tree News 01 December 2012
Just a short note to say that the December 2012 issue of the Coventry Family History Society Journal is out now – Volume 9, number 4. Some really interesting local and family history in there this quarter, such as a great article about City College Coventry, the Freemen's Guild and some memories of the local library service in the sixties. Oh, and how lovely to see one of my winter photos adorning the cover of this issue!
Family Tree News 18 November 2012
Was able to add research findings into the deaths of a further six people sadly killed in the WW2 Coventry Blitz. You can find their details on the
Coventry Blitz Resource Centre. The names of the people added are:
- Herbert George Harrison
- Lydia Ann Harrison nee Checklin
- Emily Harritt nee Meakin
- Cyril Herbert Glenister Hartup
- Daniel Harvey
- George Leonard Harvey
Family Tree News 10 November 2012
I have not had much opportunity to update the website over the last month or so because I am working hard on assorted family tree projects for Christmas. I did find time for a short update this week though. With thanks to Gerry H for getting in touch ref his grandfather's occupation, I have added a short definition for
Blast Furnace Slagger to the Dictionary of Old Occupations.
I had an enquiry from Anna M regarding her great great grandfather's occupation of Rubber Spreader, dating back to the last quarter of the 19th century / first quarter 20th century and possibly linked to India. If you have any useful information related to this old occupation it would be great if you could get in touch, and I'll pass it back to Anna.
Family Tree News 14 October 2012
This week I found time to research a couple more victims of the Coventry Blitz – two members of the
Bradnick family - and added their details to the Blitz Resource Centre.
Christmas is on the horizon once again. Doesn't it come around quickly! I have taken a lot of orders from people commissioning family tree research projects to complete for Christmas which will become Christmas gifts for loved ones. Sadly, this means I am now fully booked with regards to large projects with a Christmas deadline.
However, if you are interested in commissioning a family tree project as a Christmas present for someone in your family then why not consider purchasing one of my family tree gift certificates ? It means you can give the certificate to the lucky recipient on Christmas Day, and I can work on their family tree either with them or with yourself in the New Year.
Contact me for further details.
Family Tree News 30 September 2012
On Friday, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio station did a piece on tracing your family tree. They featured a mixture of people about to begin researching their ancestors and some who had been doing it for a while. I joined in briefly with the broadcast too, as an advisor.
If you are about to get started on your family tree, you can find more tips on my website at
Family Tree News 09 September 2012
Alan B contacted me this week with a helpful suggestion to add the tasteful old occupation of
Coprolite Digger to the Dictionary of Old Occupations. I was able to add a lengthy definition to the dictionary. Many thanks to Alan for getting in touch.
Family Tree News 02 September 2012
Thanks to Sue WM for getting in touch regarding two 1851 census occupations not listed on my site. I have added a definition for
Marine Rope Dealer. Am currently seeking info for Sue regarding the occupation of 'Grocer Biscuit Agent'. Please drop me a line via my
contact form if you have any helpful info about this occupation.
With thanks to Terry who got in touch in August I have now added
Pike Helve Maker,
Spade Tree Turner and
Spade Tree Maker to the Dictionary of Old Occupations.
Family Tree News 30 August 2012
Braved the torrential rain this week to visit Birmingham. Have begun the initial research work in my spare time which may lead to me producing a new free online resource regarding the WW2 blitz on Birmingham. It feels natural to expand my site about the
Coventry Blitz to include neighbouring Birmingham.
This local history research project is another big commitment and will take some time to bring to fruition. You may want to check back over the coming weeks and months if you are researching ancestors from the Birmingham area or are interested in second world war history.
Sadly the downpour made taking good quality outdoor pictures nigh on impossible, hope to fare better on the next research trip!
All the best
Family Tree News 09 August 2012
Did you know you can get my Dictionary of Old Occupations in the US as well as in the UK? If you are in the US it is available in Kindle format as well as other formats.
I have been helping some reviewers set up a new music related website which launched a couple of days ago. If you fancy a break from genealogy then head on over to their all-new
Rock Hard Reviews website for an interesting read. I see they have been kind enough to acknowledge my help on the site - thanks guys!
I have done some long overdue housekeeping on the site and archived off the
2011 family tree news articles.
Family Tree News 01 August 2012
Finally managed to make the time to update the
Coventry Blitz Resource Centre with new information:
Very special thanks to Anita for sending me such lovely flowers. It has been fantastic to have been doing research work for you for so long, and it does feel a bit sad to have finally reached the end. It has been thoroughly worthwhile, even if I will miss it!
Family Tree News 01 July 2012
I was able to add another couple of
old census occupations to my online dictionary today. Thanks to Verity H for the information kindly provided about her ancestor's occupation listed as Bone Cutter in the census, and Ian P for getting in touch regarding Colliery Hangers.
Also spotted a line about my website in the June 28th newsletter from Cyndi's List. Not sure who submitted my Dictionary to their general resources page for occupations - I didn't - but it's lovely to see it deemed worthy of inclusion.
Family Tree News 24 June 2012
Wish I had spotted it in time! Sadly I missed out on the opportunity to attend "The Great British Story – Ancestors in the Archives" at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum yesterday. Sounds like there was a lot going on and I would have loved to have been there, but I didn't see any publicity for the event until too late. On the plus side, I managed to put in about 10 hours of family tree research yesterday so it was still a productive day!
Family Tree News 6 June 2012
Looks like the June edition of the Coventry Family History Society Journal will be out soon. You can read highlights of the contents by looking at the
official website. I had a sneak peak at the cover today, and am delighted to recognise the cover photo on the June edition of the Journal – it's one I donated showing the Cook Street gate, part of the old Coventry City Wall.
Family Tree News 26 May 2012
Coventry Cathedral was in the news this week. It's been fifty years since the consecration of the new cathedral built following the blitz. Terrific to see the Archbishop of Canterbury and Princess Anne attending to celebrate the cathedrals golden jubilee. Brilliant that local schoolchildren got involved too.
Click here for more info.
Family Tree News 12 May 2012
A couple of readers got in touch this week with queries about old census occupations they found. I was able to add definitions for closely related jobs to my Dictionary of Old Occupations:
Composition Frame Carver and
Dressing Case Maker.
Family Tree News 6 May 2012
I realised that it has been a long time since I updated my
family tree testimonials page. Over the years I have received such nice feedback from so many people regarding my genealogy research that it makes my work feel very rewarding. I have collated a selection of comments and feedback from customers and added them to the testimonials page.
To all the customers who have taken the time to write to me saying such nice things – thank you all so much! Researching family trees for you has given me a lot of satisfaction over the years and I really appreciate your positive feedback.
Family Tree News 12 April 2012
Special thanks to Darren B for his support and donation, which enabled me to research the following names: Harold Cain, Desmond Callaghan, Lucy Callagher, Thomas Camp, Ethel Campbell nee Eaton, and Kenneth Campbell. You can find their details published on the
Coventry Blitz Resource Centre pages on www.familyresearcher.co.uk.
Family Tree News 01 April 2012
Demand for new family tree research projects has been very high over the last couple of weeks. Apologies to anyone I could not fit in straight away, I am currently working hard on several research projects and hope to catch up with demand soon.
I see London Road Cemetery has been in the news again this week. Following on from concerns about the way the communal grave had been tarmaced over a little while ago, which some people said made the area resemble a car park, the latest news story was about the digging up of pathways / roadways in order to squeeze in more graves. It seems that the council fenced off six ancient routes and got as far as digging up one route which dates back to 1837.
Glad to hear that the destructive work in this Victorian Cemetery has stopped now following a petition handed in by the Friends of London Road Cemetery. Councillor Foster was quoted expressing concern that families with loved ones buried at the cemetery (such as myself and my husband!) did not know anything about this issue until metal fences were put up. I think it would be good to see the Council working more closely with the Friends group in future.
Family Tree News 11 March 2012
The latest Coventry Family History Society journal will be out any day now, you can see some of the highlights on www.covfhs.org.
Thanks this week to Peter S for getting in touch regarding the old occupation of
Sawer, which has now been added to my website.
Malcolm C is asking for information about the following census occupations: Keu, Shambler, Tignar Impostor, Bersar, and Mueman. If you have come across anything useful regarding these occupational titles then please get in touch and I will feed back to Malcolm. Bersar may be a spelling variation of Bursar.
Julie G-F is looking for information related to the old occupation Silks Man, which she found in the 1841 Ayrshire census. She believes it to be related to flour mills in Liverpool around that time, and is looking for info about her ancestor's occupation and about the locations of Liverpool flour mills in the 19th century. Again, if you can help then please get in touch with me via my
family tree contact form and I will feed back to Julie, as well as adding anything useful to the website to help fellow family tree enthusiasts.
Family Tree News 04 March 2012
February was a busy month researching family trees, and March looks set to be the same. I have been ordering lots of certificates, so no doubt will be receiving a mound of old records through the post soon!
Thanks this week to Abby for donating a family photo and sending me details of her relatives who lost their lives in the Coventry Blitz. The photo and details for
Margaret and Frederick Clare have been added to the Coventry Blitz Resource Centre.
Family Tree News 16 February 2012
Computers - who'd have them? Suffered from a bit of ICT pain over the last 10 days due to my computer failing to start. Turned out both motherboard and some of the memory had died after working perfectly for years. Still, back up and running now and grateful that (a) didn't really lose any research time, and (b) my backup procedures all worked fine.
Have added a couple of Old Occupations to my site:
Farm Grieve, which I came across on a census return recently, and
Billy Spinner which was suggested to me by Angela N. Thanks for getting in touch Angela!
Family Tree News 22 January 2012
Thanks this week to Neil K for getting in touch regarding an old occupation called
Bower of Cows. It has been added to the Dictionary of Old Occupations. If you have any evidence to share about this occupation in 19th century Scotland it would be great if you would get in touch with me.
Family Tree News 15 January 2012
I was contacted this week by a family member requesting details about her relatives from the
Oldfield family who were killed during the air raids on Coventry during the WW2 Blitz years. I researched details of these five family members (Edward, George, Harriet, Louisa and Mabel Oldfield) free of charge, and also added it to the
Coventry Blitz Resource Centre, which I have built up over several years.
It’s a great place to look if you are studying history or researching your family tree and had relatives living in the Coventry area during the 1940s.
Family Tree News 2 January 2012
2012 is here and I will be resuming research work tomorrow. The other day I was contacted by a chap who works freelance for the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are magazine. He asked me to write a few words for a feature he is working on, which I was happy to do. He said my website gets a mention in the article – what a lovely way to start the New Year!
Older news updates can be found in the
2011 family tree news archive, the
2010 family tree news archive and the
2009 family tree news archive.