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Shedding more light on world war casualties
Published in the Forfar Dispatch....read more

British Family History
People decide to find out more about their British ancestry for many different reasons. Perhaps, they live many miles from the United Kingdom and do not know anything about their...read more

Family History and the 1911 Census
The eagerly anticipated and long awaited 1911 census of England and Ireland is now available to view.
As, of today, 13th January 2009, (census launch day), not all counties...read more

Family History Focus on Family Traits

Looking at old black and white photographs of your ancestors could tell you who you inherited your facial features from, possibly, if you got your height from your father’s ancestors or your mother’s line...read more

Missing in Action: A Dundee Son

Mr and Mrs David Andrews, of 116 Blackness Road, Dundee, spent  four months in 1917 writing to whoever would listen, including the British Red Cross and  the Infantry Record Office, trying to discover the whereabouts of their son, James...read more

Family History The Female Line

Many people, whilst conducting family history research, concentrate solely on the male line of their family tree and neglect their female ancestors.
Of course...read more

An Arbroath Man

There would be only 29 days before the ceasefire of World War 1, when 270040 Private William Beatts, 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders...read more

A Pulteneytown Man

There are 1,562 members of the Commonwealth forces, from WW1, buried in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Amongst that number is, Pulteneytown born, William Couper...read more

The Pals Battalions of Bradford

The 16th and 18th Battalions of  West Yorkshire Regiments or the 1st and 2nd Bradford Pals, as they were known, were recruited locally  with the promise that they could stand shoulder to shoulder with their friends...read more

Private Charles Brash MM

London Gazette
Issue No. 31759, supplement of the London Gazette ( the official newspaper of record of Great Britain) on 27 January 1920, carried a list of all former Prisoners of War...read more

An Ayrshire Hero of WW1

On the 11th November 2008 at 11am it will be precisely 90 years since the armistice of The Great War (1914-1918).
It will be a time to reflect on the many men...read more

Scottish Family History Jigsaw

When researching your Scottish family history, you may come across a Scottish ancestor that is, perhaps, famous or has made a contribution, in some way, into the history books...read more

Do You Want To Find Your British Ancestors

That question is not as impertinent as it may first appear. What is meant is have you done some research into your family tree...read more

Scottish Family History Roots

Have you attempted to discover your Scottish ancestors or your Scottish family history? Have you been frustrated going round in circles trying to track down you...read more

Scottish Ancestors

Are your Scottish roots based in the Highlands of Scotland? If they are then you could well be part of a Scottish Clan...read more

Angus Roots

Does your Scottish family history originate in Angus? Can you trace your Scottish ancestors to the towns of Forfar, Arbroath, Montrose or Brechin? Maybe your genealogy roots are in the smaller villages of Letham, Kirkden, Glamis, Kirriemuir or Guthrie...read more

Finding Your Scottish Ancestors

Do you want to know about your Scottish ancestors? Do you wish to find out what they did and where they did it, just as much as when they lived and died? Discover Your Past can help...read more

Family Tree Research Scotland

Statutory registration for births, marriages and deaths came into effect in Scotland on 1st January 1855. Until that date is was the responsibility of the Church. Not every event...read more

Clan Roots in Your Family Tree

Discovering that your family history can be traced back to Scotland is not the end of the story but can be the beginning.
Do you have a Scottish clan name?...read more

Scottish Family History

Does your Scottish ancestry contain a war hero? Do you have hidden amongst your Scottish family history a man who fought and received...read more

Armistice Came Too Late for One Angus Family

At the 11th hour of the 11 day and 11th month 2008 it will be exactly 90 years since the armistice of the Great War 1914-1918.
Many families would be relieved...read more

Discovering Your Ancestors

Have you been frustrated in trying to trace your family tree? Discover Your Past specialises in finding your British ancestors.
Family history research can be a time...read more

Famous Family Roots In Angus, Scotland

Although your family history roots in Angus- Scotland are probably of humble origins, there have been several famous and noteworthy people either born or associated with the old Forfarshire County..read more

Scottish Clan Ancestors

Should you discover in your family history any ancestors of Scottish origin, we would be more than happy to discover their Scottish Clan or clan allegiances...read more

Cemeteries In Angus

My husband happily announced that he was off on holiday for one day at the dinner table one evening. When was this momentous event to take place…The very next day and he had no plans but was more than happy to go along...read more

Family History, Why don't we ask the questions when we can?

I remember visiting the industrial museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire when I was about 10 or 11. It was a school trip. I remember going into the factory and seeing the looms and thinking…read more


Genealogy Research Articles

Our Ancestors: Lived in the one village all their lives?

Wouldn’t that make family history research so much simpler? Would it be so much fun if it were? Personally, I think not.
The fact is...read more

Discovering Your Angus Roots

Discover Your Past is based in the rural town of Forfar, Angus (formerly Forfarshire including the burghs of Forfar, Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, Dundee, Montrose, Kirriemuir and Monifieth)...read more


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Family History Research

Family history research has become one of the fastest growing pastimes in the UK today.
Thanks partly to popular TV shows, but probably more to do with Family history websites, more public access...read more

Preserving Family History

The best advice I think anyone can give you on preserving your family history, is to start with what you know. This may seem obvious, but starting with the here and now is the best starting point to delving back...read more

WW1 Family Connection

When my daughter was doing WW1 history at school, I was also doing the same but on a more personal level. I had been researching my...read more



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