Publications

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Detail from ‘Dr. Johnson reading “The Vicar of Wakefield” ‘ by Gilbert

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Books

Poison Panic: arsenic deaths in 1840s Essex. To be published on 30th June 2016. Pre-order now directly from the publisher (Pen & Sword), from Waterstones or from Amazon.

Articles

“FreeREG: new look, new tools”, Family Tree, September 2015. Search tips for using the new tools on FreeREG to best access its 32 million UK parish register transcriptions.

“Working for salvation”, Family Tree June 2015. How to research Salvation Army officers: the Salvation Army International Heritage Centre, newspapers, passenger lists.

“The Adventure of the Sailor in the River”, Fortean Times May 2015 (FT327). Forum. An unusual maritime mystery involving a sailor who wasn’t quite what he seemed (newspapers, censuses, parish registers, merchant navy records, gender history).

“Lateral research”, Family Tree February 2015. Five tips: 1. siblings & neighbours, 2. employment, 3. regional accent, 4. neighbouring parishes, 5. one-place & one-name approaches.

“What the old soldier remembered”, Family Tree November 2014. Using memories in genealogical research.

Guest blogs

Discovering my grandmother’s globe-trotting Uncle Bill in The 1939 Register,” Findmypast, 1 December 2015

My 1939 investigation continued – an intrepid cocoa-buyer and Uncle Bill’s fate,” Findmypast, 14 December 2015

Arsenic at Christmas: a recipe for disaster,” Findmypast, 23 December 2015

Multiple wives and a missing daughter: Scandalous family secrets in the 1939 Register,Findmypast, 16 March 2016

“How a 100-year-old letter sparked a discovery in the 1939 Register,” Findmypast, 22 March 2016

“A Titanic survivor in the 1939 Register,” Findmypast, 4 July 2016

“Poison Panic,” Historic UK, 2016

Talks

Wivenhoe’s epidemics: for the Wivenhoe History Group about parish registers and the plague, small pox and cholera (July 2015)

Social media for authors: for the University of Birmingham’s Book to the Future festival.