Discover Your Past is the culmination of a long held dream to turn what started as a hobby, into a business that hopefully will introduce many others to the enjoyment of tracking down the ancestors.
I started to trace my family and build my tree in 1971 when I was 19 years old. I can still remember the excitement of looking at my grandparents’ marriage certificate. In those days, family stories and history tended to be something that was not discussed in front of the children, so my knowledge was scanty. However, the seeds were sown and I’ve never looked back.
The intervening years have been a voyage of discovery, while I have learned my craft and built up my knowledge and experience. I have helped many friends and colleagues to trace their ancestors and unravel their family mysteries. I spent countless hours at local record offices, at the Pubic Record Office at Kew, and, until it was closed down, at the Family Record Centre in Islington. Over the years I have a built a network of like-minded friends and associates and I am also a member of The Society of Genealogists. One of my proudest possessions is my membership card for the Ontario Archives in Toronto. Not many people can claim to spend part of their holidays to Canada in the Library, the Archives and several cemeteries, but I loved every minute. My holiday photos often contain many pictures of gravestones.
Visiting places where your ancestors lived can be rewarding when you find a grave or a building still standing, or disappointing when you find the road is under a supermarket car park. But for me it’s all part of the journey and after all, even Richard III was found under a car park.