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Student Showcase: Telling Your Family Story

This is the first in a series of blog post from students of Janet Few‘s Are You Sitting Comfortably?: writing and telling your family history (216) course. Janet says: “I have been tutoring the course for several years. Three years … Continue reading

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What is Proof?

This excellent article was written by Phil Isherwood, and he has kindly allowed us to reproduce it here. Phil is a Pharos Graduate who describes himself as an amateur genealogist. His daily working life includes developing methodologies for business teams, a … Continue reading

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From Family Fact to Family Fiction – Barefoot on the Cobbles

Pharos Tutor, Janet Few, is author and tutor on the course ‘Are you Sitting Comfortably: Writing and Telling your Family History’. Here she tells us about some of the research that was necessary to turn a family story into a … Continue reading

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What is your oldest possession?

This post is by Pharos Tutor, Julie Goucher As humans we all have many things in common and yet we are unique individuals. One thing we have in common is that we each have a surname, in fact there is … Continue reading

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How do you research your family tree?

This is a cross post from the excellent blog by professional genealogist and Pharos Tutor Karen Cummings.  You may have missed the original, so we make no apologies for posting it again. __________________________________________________________________________   How do you research your family … Continue reading

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Trilogies

This post is by Pharos Tutor, Stuart Raymond, author, teacher and genealogist I had a very curious experience last year. I asked Pen & Sword if they would be interested in publishing a book on Nonconformist Ancestors. To which the … Continue reading

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Your oldest document

This post is by Wayne Shepheard. What is the oldest document you have found for an ancestor? Do you have a picture or image copy of it? Church registers are among the most common sources for information. They are also … Continue reading

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Progress of a sort

This is a post by Pharos co-founder Sherry Irvine. It is with some embarrassment that I confess that so many months have passed since my first article on getting back to my family history – to making a start at … Continue reading

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Rejected Apprentices – a little known source

This is a guest post by Stuart A. Raymond What did you have to do in order to have your application to become a freeman of the City of Exeter to be rejected? For the period 1780-1802, the answer is … Continue reading

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A Love Match or Simply Good Business?

Like anyone else, I have a lot of puzzles to work on in my family tree. One that had been nagging at me for some time was the precise blood relationship between a Joseph Beachcroft who married a Mary Beachcroft. … Continue reading

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