An email I got the other day…

By | September 3, 2014
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First of all, the new Family History videos are now in stock and if you’ve already ordered, yours are now on their way.

Secondly, the other day I got an email.  And whether you’ve already ordered the videos or are umming-and-ahhing about it, you might find it interesting.

You see, it was from someone who already has a lot of research into her family – in fact her two sons have spent several years doing it.  And what they’ve discovered is amazing.

They’ve traced their family all the way back to 1066 – along the way discovering the founder of a school, Geoffrey Chaucer (of Canterbury Tales fame) staying at the ancient family home for Christmas and even a crusader.

So why am I telling you all this?  Well, two reasons:

  1. It’s a really good example of what you can discover with a bit of persistence and the right know-how.

  2. It reminded me of something I hadn’t mentioned in these emails: some good advice when researching your family history is to pick a line a follow it back as far as you can, without getting too distracted by side-lines.  That way you can go back a long way – but if you go into all the sidelines, different branches and different names, then you’ll quickly find you’re investigating umpteen different families and it’s hard to make progress.

You might not have a crusader in your ancestry, or have an ancestor who met “The Father of English Literature”.  But I bet there are intriguing and fascinating stories somewhere in your family history.

If you’re interested (and haven’t already ordered), you can read more about the videos here: