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100 years of the Royal Airforce


The Royal Air Force in World War Two undoubtedly saved Great Britain from Nazi invasion, and thereby ensured the triumph of Democracy over Totalitarianism for Europe and the rest of … Continue reading 100 years of the Royal Airforce

Terror from the Skys in the 20th Century


When tracing Family Stories for clients, very often we turn up examples of civilian suffering from the two world wars, and it is surprising how close so many families came … Continue reading Terror from the Skys in the 20th Century

Farmland, Mining, and pushing the Turks and Red Army out of Persia; One Northern Family


You never know what you will find when you start a Family Tree, and it’s always nice to find out something unexpected in the recent past, which is what I … Continue reading Farmland, Mining, and pushing the Turks and Red Army out of Persia; One Northern Family

A Canadian WW1 Knight of the Air, and his son an Arctic Circle Knight of the Road


You never know in life where chance meetings are going to take you.  How meeting someone on a lonely road near the Arctic Circle would give the clues for Time … Continue reading A Canadian WW1 Knight of the Air, and his son an Arctic Circle Knight of the Road

Looking forward to Danny Baker’s Tour “From Cradle to stage” Danny Baker’s Family History, the Riddle of Windsor Riches to Poplar Rags


“Oh Paul McNeil! Thank you so much for this! I’ve always wondered about this sort of thing and now I can see that there is not one drop of Royal … Continue reading Looking forward to Danny Baker’s Tour “From Cradle to stage” Danny Baker’s Family History, the Riddle of Windsor Riches to Poplar Rags

Part 2: “What’s all the Waller about then?”


So having found out about Les’s Dad Cyril and Grandmother Emma’s origins Part 1: Finding the “Lost Temple” for an old mate, it was time to try to unravel who Les’s paternal Grandfather was. … Continue reading Part 2: “What’s all the Waller about then?”

Part 1: Finding the “Lost Temple” for an Old Mate


Tall Stories I have known Les since we started our first job together at the Greater London Council’s Electronic Maintenance Section, he was sixteen and I was eighteen.  Electronics sounded like … Continue reading Part 1: Finding the “Lost Temple” for an Old Mate

The Russians are Coming!


(To Build you a nice Orangery) I’m a professional Genealogist and writer, and I make a point of “collecting” interesting names, whether it’s on a commission to draw up a Family … Continue reading The Russians are Coming!