Guest Writer

About: Guest Writer

Guest writers are non RQG members who are experts in their own field. They range from academics, archivists to experienced (but not necessarily qualified) genealogists.


Recent Posts by Guest Writer

criminal mugshots
1 Oct, 2019

Researching Criminal Ancestors

In recent years, the expansion in digitisation of historical records used by genealogists and family historians has led to the wider availability of material relating to crime, policing and punishment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Materials such as criminal registers, institutional prison records and photographs or ‘mugshots’ are often used by archives and museums […]

A prison register entry
1 Aug, 2019

High Court Records – what will you discover?

It is an irony of ancestor-hunting that you are more likely to find information about an ancestor who committed a crime than one who was a respectable, law-abiding citizen. You may have different reasons for wanting to search criminal records – perhaps you discovered your ancestor in prison in a census return; you are tracing […]

trees in a sunset
1 Jul, 2019

Weather – What Has Shakespeare Got To Do With It?

The Bard shows how an awareness of weather conditions can help the family historian. My paper, Answers in the Wind (JGFH-1), set out an argument for weather events to play a greater part in family history research.  In this blog, I would like to offer a less formal walk through how the genealogist can include […]

a railway accident
1 May, 2019

British & Irish Railway Staff Accidents – an untapped genealogical resource

At the start of the 20th century, the railway industry was the UK’s third largest employer, providing jobs for over 500,000 workers. Little wonder, then, that so many people have a railway connection in their past. But did you know that it was also one of the most dangerous places to work – and that […]

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