Diary of a Genealogist

17. Apr, 2022

After not looking at my Essex family for a few years, I returned to review my Clark family on my father's line. William Clark married Elizabeth Coles in the 1840s. Elizabeth will lead me to Somerset, but before I travelled there, I wanted to sort out confusion over a census return regarding their daughter Eliza and her family. Job done, I'm pleased to say. I followed the lives of Eliza's descendants to discover the son of one line being killed on the Western Front during WWI. Another descendant was killed whilst performing a night exercise at a Lincolnshire air base during WWII. 

4. Feb, 2022

I realise it's been a while since I've updated this blog. I have been a tad busy with research projects, grandchildren and now an exciting new event. I have offered to give a talk on genealogy to a local group at their coffee morning. I have finished it and hope they enjoy it and it inspires conversation around their histories.

I had decided to write about two ancestors, father and son, Onesiphorus Randall Senior and Junior, the focus changed however. They were on my paternal line, Onie Senior was born in Norfolk. Whilst brushing up on two of my ancestors after not looking at them for a few years, I discovered two women and a baby (I know, it sounds like a film!LOL), not humerous though. The two women were not related to me, however, and I know this is going to sound fanciful, but I felt as if they were calling to me across the years. They needed their stories told. If anyone would like a look, let me know.

8. Oct, 2021

I have just finished two research projects. Both in Scotland. It's been a fascinating journey into the past of my clients. It's an area I'm not very familiar with and so an enjoyable glimpse at another part of the UK. Every project gives me a new learning experience. I find myself becoming involved with some of the individuals I'm researching, to an emotional level on occasion. For example, one woman I was following committed suicide, absolutely tragic.

I was amazed, although I should have known, just how much Scottish land English aristocrats owned.

I'm looking forward to my next project and working with my new client/s. I wonder where it will lead me...




20. May, 2020

I am pleased to say I have finished a direct line research project for a new client.

I had a lot of trouble with a Word document being created by my program The Complete Genealogy Builder. My son asked if I'd installed a new anti-virus, yes I had! After I'd disabled it, the program could create the ancestral report. I now have to proof read it before I send it off.

I wish I could download an anti-virus package for the world. This Covid-19 virus is so awful. I am given to wonder how our ancestors felt when beseiged by plague or sweating sickness for example. Life is infinitely unpredicable.

20. May, 2020

I've finished three research projects. One for a friend, one for a new client and one for a returning client. I will now continue to do some further research for my Dorset lines after being contacted by a relative in Canada. It's the perfect thing to do on a lock down rainy day:)