Studying Family History

Historiography is the study of the methods of historians in developing history as an academic discipline

Father’s Day Specials

FamilyTreeDNA currently has specials on the pricing of their Y-DNA tests and upgrades. These tests are good for researching your roots over the centuries and millenia. How far does your father’s surname go back? You don’t have to display your real name and can use a different email from usual if you prefer. You might …

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When does a secret stop being a secret?

Over the last twelve months, our cousin and HAFS member Philippa Shelley-Jones [E.2.3a.6b.5c.2d.1e] has been writing about secrets which emerged about her great-great-grandfather Garland. She contrasts the negatives of knowing her great-great-grandmother was betrayed against the positives of finding new cousins who had their mystery resolved. As a professional who works with people to examine …

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French records now available

If you have ancestors who are of French origin, then you might be excited by this news from the Society of Australian Genealogists: “Following their recent acquisition of Filae, a leading French genealogy company, MyHeritage has just announced the release of 463 million historical records from France, covering births, marriages, deaths, and two censuses, providing the most comprehensive …

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Summer with SAG

This summer I joined the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) and attended four of their lectures and workshops – A Deep Dive into FindMyPast, AncestryDNA, and meetings of the Intermediate DNA group and Advanced DNA group. All sessions were held at their historic sandstone building Richmond Villa at Millers Point, which is a experience in …

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The Saga of Heritage

by Dr Thomas Hungerford OBE (former Patron of HAFS) (Originally published in HAFS Journal Vol 1 No 1 – May 1991)   Sir Walter Scott said: Breathes there a man with soul so dead,Who never to himself hath saidThis is my own, my native land? Land or heritage or something passed down from preceding generations; …

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