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  1. Professional Family History Research

    Are you thinking of engaging a professional genealogist?  There can be lots of advantages to doing this, from ensuring that a correct line is traced, to being able to access genealogical records not available online.

    There is a wealth of genealogical sources available online, but shifting through what is relevant to your family line can be difficult.  This is particularly the case when dealing with widespread surnames such as Smith and Jones.  It is essential to provide proof that every stage of research is correct.  For example, when looking for a John Jones born in Cardiff, it is extremely likely that there will be more than one candidate of the right age, and so proofs that the right Jones family is being traced is essential.

    Professional genealogists have years of experience in the field, and usually possess a qualification in genealogy, such as those offered by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (the Higher Certificate or Diploma in Genealogy) or from the University of Strathclyde.  If you are thinking of commissioning a professional genealogist to undertake research on your family tree, or to verify research already undertaken, why not contact us today to see how we can help.

  2. Odd words in genealogical records?

    For genealogists and family history researchers, an odd or old fashioned word can sometimes be found in historical records which at first glance does not always make sense.  A dictionary of old words is sometimes required!

    One of our researchers was looking at a will this week, and found a testator leaving “kyne” to his relatives.  In fact kyne, or kine, was the plural word for a cow, and was used in some places into the nineteenth century.

    Another specific term is “pyghtle”, or pightle, that can crop up in old documents.  Prevalent particularly in East Anglia, this is an Anglo Saxon word for a small plot of land.

    Who knows what you will find in your family history research . . .

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