“Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,Who never to himself hath said,This is my own, my native land!Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d,As home his footsteps he hath turn’d,From wandering on a foreign strand!” Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) from ‘The Lay of the Last Minstrel’ Reflection:  Although written about Scotland, these sentiments surely strike… Continue reading Patriotism


“Write your injuries in dust, your benefits in marble.” Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) from Poor Richard’s Almanack Reflection:  Personal slights – or worse – need only be temporary. They become worse when you dwell on them. The opposite is true of benefits. So when you become discouraged, don’t be deflected by the comments of others, or… Continue reading Tranquility


“Understand that talent doesn’t mean intelligence, motivation, or personality traits. It’s an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well.” Author: Geoffrey Colvin,  What it Takes to be Great in Fortune article published 19 October 2006 Reflection: During these difficult days, as we begin to recover from the pandemic, let us use our talents in… Continue reading Talent

Any road will get you there.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.“Oh, you’re… Continue reading Any road will get you there.

Accessing Parish Records – FamilySearch

Here is how you can access parish records in FamilySearch. It’s not the same as using the other websites, but not totally dissimilar, either. You do not need to be logged in to search (only to view the records) but since membership is free, why not start off by signing in? Not a member? Click “Create… Continue reading Accessing Parish Records – FamilySearch

Accessing Parish Records – Genealogy Sites

Many parish records are available online, and the best places to look for them are Ancestry, Find My Past, and My Heritage. There’s FamilySearch as well, but I will cover that in the next post. Just bear in mind that there is no simple way to work out where the records you are looking for… Continue reading Accessing Parish Records – Genealogy Sites

Parishes before 1837

Prior to 1 July 1837, when civil registration began, the records of the various Church of England parishes in England & Wales were extremely important. By their nature, they did not record information about everybody within the parish.