Next meeting Tuesday 25 March 2014

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 25 March from 7pm in the School Library at Trinity Catholic School, Guys Cliffe Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 6NB. I will be reporting back on the… Continue reading

John Varley – From miner to manager

This is a post about one of my ancestors whom I’d like to have known (although he may not have been quite the paragon pictured in his obituary). JOHN VARLEY John Varley,  my… Continue reading

Arthur William Cusack Butler

Great War Stories This post is Part 1 of the Great War Stories series which was compiled by members some years ago for the School Open Evening.  It seems the right time to… Continue reading

Who Do You Think You Are Live show at Olympia

Our next meeting is on Monday 24 February at 7pm. Hope to see you there.  We’ll talk about our visit to WDYTYA live and what we saw and heard.  I was there on… Continue reading

Casting around

National Storytelling Week is this week so get writing yours! I have just watched the Rootstech (2013) opening speech where the head of Familysearch talked about his thoughts over the past year –… Continue reading

Captain Hector McFadyen

After the scandalous goings on of recent posts this may come as a welcome relief – not all our ancestors have skeletons in their closets. It comes courtesy of Andy and is an… Continue reading

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 22 January 2014.  Jacqui will explain how best to use Family Tree Maker and its features for anyone who is interested, following… Continue reading

Great Grandfather Mingaye

   Stained glass window in south aisle of St Laurence’s Church, Winslow. Made by Mingaye in 1868, makers mark is Mingaye Pinxit Londinium Dedicated to the Reverend John Miles 1866. The subject is… Continue reading

Jamaica Family Roots

(Click on the map to enlarge it) This is a guest blog from Brenda of the  Jamaica Family Roots family history group which meets at Solihull Library.   I was always curious about… Continue reading


This is a story from Jean T about the problems of tracing Irish ancestors.   My Great Grandfather Dennis Moneghen was born on 5 November 1851 in Newcastle upon Tyne.  His parents according… Continue reading