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Genealogy podcast covering family history, research, tips, stories, interviews and more. With an initial focus on the UK and Ireland and moving beyond that in future.

Genealogy podcast covering family history, research, tips, stories, interviews and more. With an initial focus on the UK and Ireland and moving beyond that in future.


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Genealogy podcast covering family history, research, tips, stories, interviews and more. With an initial focus on the UK and Ireland and moving beyond that in future.




Paul Chiddicks - columnist, family history blogger and writer

Paul Chiddicks is the face behind "Dear Paul" in Family Tree Magazine and a moderator on Twitter's #AncestryHour. He shares family history stories with research tips, discusses heirlooms and The Old Palace School Bombing in WWII.


Maps, the Ordnance Survey, digitisation and more

Chris Fleet of the National Library of Scotland gives us an introduction to wide variety of maps held with details of some of the collections helpful to people interested in family history / genealogy or researching specific places. We also discuss digitisation, transcription projects such as the Roy Military Survey of the 1740s, estate and county maps and some of the multitude of Ordnance Survey maps available going back to the mid 1800s.


Boost your genealogy knowledge with Pharos Tutors

Karen Cummings, owner of Pharos Tutors, a leading online genealogy training company explains about the short courses available (there are lots and I highly recommend them having done several myself). Topics include wills, DNA, military ancestors, Scottish research, Irish research, local history, one name studies, employment, 17th century sources and many more. If you want to learn a single subject or work towards a professional genealogy qualification then have a listen to what is available....


Mick Henry and the Nicholas Oxley of Sussex and his farming diaries

Mick Henry from the Sussex Family History Group explains about Nicholas Oxley and the transcription of his farming diaries from Sussex in the early 1800s. Including the influence of weather across the globe, religion, farm workers, family, crops and much more.


Scrapbooking for family history with Jeanne Pope

Scrapbooking can help you record and bring your ancestors to life. Jeanne Pope talks about how she's used scrapbooking both digitally and physically to tell her own family history stories and those of people she has never met. Find out more about Philadephia, Henry Austen's cook who is buried near him in Woodbury Park Cemetery in Tunbridge Wells. Plus tips on how to get started with making your own family history scrapbooks, where to buy papers and embellishments and more.


James Rigby, the SOE and adventures in India with David Rigby

James Rigby was an unknown hero of WWII and the SOE (Special Operations Executive). From tin mining in Malaysia to Operation Creek in Goa, India. David Rigby, a distant cousin, shares his discoveries and the connection with the film "The Sea Wolves" and the sources he used and help he received to find out more about James.


Stories of Yorkshire with Natasha Houseman

Natasha Houseman shares stories of her ancestors who grew up in 3 valleys in Yorkshire - Nidderdale, Wharfdale and Washburn. Talking about farming, names, female ancestors, inheritances, local history and more with tips for making ancestors feel alive and looking for 'ordinary' people.


Heather Smith and Storyfile - turning videos into conversations

Heather Smith setup Storyfile turning videos into conversations, enabling you to share your story with your descendants.


Fletton, brickmaking and one place studies with Sadie McMullion

Local historian, Dr Sadie McMullion talks about Fletton in Cambridgeshire, the local industry of brickmaking and the famous Fletton Bricks and the Fletton one place study with tips for anyone thinking of doing their own one place study.


Censuses and Enumerators with Dave Annal

A wide ranging discussion on the England and Wales censuses including why and when they began, what information was recorded, what enumerators did and much more. Did you know the 1939 register is not officially a census? Find out what it was used for any why it was taken.


18th century towns, power and local politics with Jon Rosebank

A fascinating discussion on how early 18th century towns worked, politics, religions, who were the local leaders and why, with Jon Rosebank, author of Partisan Politics and host of the History Cafe podcast. We talk about Plymouth, Tiverton, Taunton, Totnes, Dartford and several others over the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.


Huguenot ancestry with Simon Guerrier

Simon Guerrier is a Huguenot descendant and we talk about his ancestors and how he discovered them. Ranging from fan painters and clothiers to dock workers and cattle traders in Kent and London.


Celebrating one year and 30 episodes of Journeys into Genealogy

In just over a year I have recorded 30 episodes of the Journeys into Genealogy podcast. In this short review I reflect upon some of my favourite moments including Irish names, Pumpie the Elephant and looking into military history and Dunkirk and give you some insights into interviews planned for 2022.


Natalie Pithers on Stories and the Curious Descendants Club

Natalie Pithers runs the Curious Descendants Club where she helps people write interesting and entertaining stories and blogs about their family history. We talk about her own family stories including talking about illegitimate ancestors, one name studies, adding historical context to stories and more. Plus tips for writing your own family history stories.


Birth Marriage and Death Registrations with Antony Marr

Antony Marr, a former deputy registrar, shares lots of tips and information about birth, marriage and death registrations in England and Wales including why sometimes there are two registrations for the same event and why you need to reregister children if you marry after they are born. Plus mentioning some of the recent changes to BMD registrations.


Irish Research with Fiona Fitzsimons

Fiona Fitzsimons talks about why Irish family history research can be difficult and gives lots of sources which you can use for your own research. Including Valuation Office records, the censuses that do exist, Petty Sessions, Chancery records, newspaper records and much more. Plus tips on Irish names and the language used.


Clive Bonny and the Bonny family history

Clive Bonny discusses some of his ancestors in Scotland and Blackpool where they owned land and hostelries. We also talk about local resources which can be invaluable for family historians. Check out Clive's guest blog post at


Breaking through brick walls with Mary Evans

Do you get stuck when researching your family history? Brick walls are very common. Mary Evans discusses some of her strategies and success stories for getting through, over or around brick walls.


The Royal Houses of Europe - a conversation with author Jacques Arnold

Jacques Arnold is the author of over 40 "Royal Houses of Europe" books showing the family histories of the descendants of Charles II and Queen Victoria. In this conversation we discuss who is in his books and how he copes with over 100,000 records.


Organising family history research and stories - a conversation with Carole McCulloch

How organized is your family history research? Have you recorded any family stories? Carole McCulloch shares some of the tools and systems she used to record her own family history and to create the genealogy courses she runs.