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I started the Worldwide Mining Disasters Project on WikiTree, a free genealogy site, and Jim Henry contacted me regarding memorials when he came across the Scotland Mining page.

I am familiar with your site and have read much in this process. If I may, would it be possible to directly copy & paste some of your information on disasters with proper links and acknowledgement?

Sheryl Moore

Janey’s Recommendation - Libertycruise
Ellis Island

I wanted to send you a positive email about your genealogy and family history webpage. I volunteer with a children's reading group at my library and we're currently reading a book called The Orphan of Ellis Island out loud together. The kids have gotten so interested in family history and genealogy, so we have been referencing your page when we need to look up some genealogy facts. I wanted to say thanks for sharing from all of us!

One of the girls in the group, Janey, also found a great Ellis Island and ancestry page (all on her own!):
Janey said it was one we hadn't found off your page so she wanted to let you know it existed. I agreed to share it with you since I figured others visiting your page would find it useful too.

Take care,
Alyssa Riggs

Browns Mills, New Jersey

Isabella’s Recommendation - History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy - by Andrea Davis


Hi Fionn,
I'm writing to you on behalf of my children's group. My name is Cathryn, and I've been referencing your genealogy page for the kids' genealogy projects that they'll be working on for Family History Month. So I just wanted to say thanks for all the help from all of us. :-)

One of the girls in my group, Isabella, also found a great article on family history and genealogy:
History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy - by Andrea Davis. She wants to go to college to be a history teacher, so I thought this would give her more encouragement, plus help others interested in genealogy!

If you have any other information or resources you think the kids would get a kick out of, please pass it on. Thanks again!


Ms. Cathryn Weaver

Eva Russell


Hi Mr. Taylor,

I'm a librarian reaching out to you to give a big thanks! Your wonderful page, Genealogy has been immensely useful in a program our library began hosting recently for kids. The purpose of the program is to help children trace their ancestry and create a family tree.


To play it forward, the kids thought it would be nice to suggest a helpful resource we came across that they thought would make a good addition to your page. It has great information and resources on it about genealogy.

If you decided to add it to your resources, I'd love to show the kids that their suggestion was up and running to help others that are curious about their roots! It would really help them feel that they contributed positively.

Thank you again and warmest regards,

Eva Russell

Mark Orwig


Just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know I recently published a pretty comprehensive
Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy

OwlDebbie Reynolds
14 Apr 2017
Genealogy Resource

Hi Fionn,

My name is Debbie and I'm a teacher. I came across your page ( while searching for information about genealogy for an upcoming student project. The resources you have are very helpful! I just wanted to thank you and thought you should know how useful it is as it's made collecting information a lot easier.

I also found this:


I think it would be a great resource to include on your page. Thought I'd pass it along. What do you think?

Thanks again!

Debbie Reynolds
The After School Center

Learn The Basics Of Starting Your Own Research On The BBC Family History Site

If you are trying to trace your ancestors then there are many groups that may be able to help you, ranging from local history groups to the larger family history societies. Some of the local history groups that maintain their own web pages have contacted the Durham Mining Museum and they have provided a link to their web site via their.

How To Gather Family Information


With our lives in today’s world getting busier, our knowledge of our ancestors is rapidly decreasing. There definitely are some seniors in our families who know much more about our family tree, but this information, if not transferred, is bound to be lost with them. Some of it might already be lost. If you are looking to assimilate information about your family, the following sources and methods could prove to be of great help.

Click here for lots of help and information

I wanted to share with you my latest publication as I think you will probably find it very interesting too:-


A Guide To Free Genealogy & Family History Books

Steve Anastasiadis


This is Steve from HomeAdviceGuide. Martha, a history teacher from Kentucky, shared with me a few days ago the following great publication: "How To Teach Kids About Family History and Genealogy". It looks very interesting, because with this kind of advice parents can help their children connect with previous generations. It also touches on autistic children.

Table of Contents

 •  Introduction
 •  The Importance of Family History
 •  Activities to Share with Children
 •  Storytelling
 •  Talking to Family Members
 •  Prepare Special Meals
 •  Take a Family History Field Trip
 •  Make a Collage or Scrapbook of Family Photos and Mementos
 •  Hold/Attend Family Reunions
 •  How to Create a Family Tree
 •  Teaching Autistic Children
 •  Resources for Children



Nottinghamshire family History society have more records for births, marriages and deaths than the internet sites, all on CDs

So if anyone is stuck and have Nottinghamshire roots tell them to try them.

Mick Siddons did a fantastic job for Nottinghamshire FHS right up to when he died he transcribed many thousands of records for them.

Terry Smith

There is also a large amount of information for those interested in genealogy in the UK and Ireland provided on the internet via the GENUKIsite. Both the GENUKI web site and the local Family History Societies can be of assistance in finding your ancestors using Parish Records and Monumental Descriptions.

FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records.

The Official Government Source of
Genealogical Data For Scotland

You need to buy credits but they are reasonably priced.

Warwickshire Online Local History

If you are looking for death certificates for relatives who died in a pit disaster, then the registry office is a good place to start.
John Miles

If you know the rough time period in which your ancestor died and if this is after 1837, you can search the GRO index of deaths and order a copy of the death certificate using the reference number in the index from the GRO. The GRO indexes of Births, Deaths and Marriages are available at most main libraries in the UK and at the Family History Centres provided by the Church of Latter Day Saints throughout the world.

Coroner's Inquests

Having obtained a death certificate you may see that a Coroner's Inquest was held. Unfortunately very few records of these inquests have been deposited with local record offices, generally speaking the records were destroyed. However, there may have been coverage of the inquest in the local newspapers, the coverage varies from a single line or paragraph to many column inches for disasters.

Are there any employment records for your colliery?

What records survive from the colliery companies (including the NCB) will have been deposited with a local archives service. Tyne and Wear Archives have a web page that shows what records they hold for individual collieries. The index of holdings for Durham Record Office can be searched using their web site. Both of these web sites show what documents have been deposited with them - you will have to visit the archives to view the documents themselves.

Forest of Dean

The Forest of Dean Local history Society mining fatality CD can be obtained from The Publications Officer, Forest of Dean Local History Society, The Cottage, Ross Road, English Bicknor, Glos. GL16 7PA

From: Barbara Grayson - 6 January 2008

I recently found details of a mining accident at Annesley Colliery on June 1877 - I would recommend this site for anyone searching for family history links. I have another paragraph from page 90 and a 'map' - all the details were obtained from 'Derek' compiler of the Black Sheep Index for a modest fee, simply using name and date - if anyone should get in touch will willingly pass on or share info. but prefer not to add my email address.


Thanks to Alan Vickers For The Above Image

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