Who Do You Think You Are? What’s the verdict?


Did anyone see yesterday’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are on BBC1 with actress Samantha Womack?

What with sticky fingered relatives and abandoned children.  It was all exciting and informative stuff.

Her reactions were classic television moments.  The television crew must have been rubbing their hands with glee.  Cue lots of surprised open mouth shots and Samantha showing off her numerical skills by calculating relatives ages.

I wonder what happened to Jessie?  Was it happy ever after?  Does Samantha have family in the USA?  None of these questions were answered.  Although I understand they can only fit in so much.  It would have been great to see the full story.

In this episode newspaper archives were relied upon.  I love reading old newspapers, they are so informative. You learn so much and really get a real feel for what’s happening in the world at that time.

Check out British Library Newspapers at Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HE.  Website: http://www.bl.uk.  Remember you will need a readers pass to access their records.



India Office Records at British Library

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I have researched many British India family trees.

The India Office records at the British Library is a fantastic resource if you have British ancestors who lived in India between 1600 to 1947/8.

Tip of the day – it should be noted that if you are searching the baptism records it does not indicate who the child’s parents are.  Therefore if you are searching for an ancestor with a very common surname it can be time-consuming.  Try http://www.familysearch.org and see if their names appear, which would then reduce your time.  Better still contact me and I can conduct the on-site research for you.

British Library family history sources include:

Biographical index

Returns of baptisms, marriages and burials

Wills, Administrations and Inventories

Pension Fund records

Military Service records

Civil Service records


Watch out for website transcription errors


Whilst researching a rather large family tree. I kept overlooking a transcribed entry on the ancestry website that should have matched but the surname was Hagelgans.  Unusual I thought and continued repeatedly searching for this missing family member.

Eventually I decided to look at the actual record to rule it out.  Found out it was the missing family member I was searching for – surname Hazelgrove!

Moral of the story? Always check the actual original image.  No website is full proof in regards to mistakes.

Welcome to my genealogy blog

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I have created this blog to provide tips and answer queries about your family history journey.

It may seem daunting but if you take it one step at a time, it will be a piece of cake!

Happy searching.

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