Four Arches bridge at the end of the DIngles

Why ColeValleyGirl?

image: Interior of a billet with bunk beds and Women's Land Army girls preparing for bed.

One woman's war

Photograp of a willow gragon in a wood

Here be dragons

Recent work in progress

Picture of a hole in a wall

Making a hole in the wall

It's a very satisfying feeling when you break down a brick wall... even if all this one took was 14 years of effort and finally and belatedly, the application of the FAN principle. I learned my great-grandfather's name early in my research. Following the trail laid down by my mother's birth...
Picture of the GRO in Southport

Using BMD indices for England and Wales

Process, Records
I've been doing some research over the past few months that makes extensive use of the new indices recently published by the GRO of their birth and death registers for England and Wales. There are techniques available now that were not available without them. There have been online...
The church at Llanfair Nant Y Gof, Pembrokeshire

Books for Welsh Research

There is much in common between researching family history in Wales and England, but there is also very much that is different — like the use of patronymic naming, and the resultant limited variety in surnames; the prevalence of non-conformity, even the Welsh language itself as it is used in place...