Holt’s Family History Research
Richard Holt: Professional Genealogist
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While I live in Cambridgeshire, I grew up in Buckinghamshire where my family has connections going back hundreds of years. I was always fascinated by my own family history from a young age. I grew up hearing stories about what life was like for my grandparents in the past. I have memories of three of my great grandparents, one of whom shared information and stories about her grandparents with me. When I was growing up, I would visit the local studies library and pursue reel after reel of microfilm and consult maps, documents, and books.
Researching the story of my family has been a passion that has never left me. I will research your family with the same level of dedication and passion as if they were my own. Please visit my Research Services page for more information about how I can help. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your requirements.
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Recent Blog Posts
- Charity Dispute, Local Politics and the Cost of Living CrisisCharities and the Cost of Living: The current cost of living crisis will have many households evaluating their finances. While today’s crisis refers to the cost of everyday essentials rising faster than average incomes, for many of our ancestors the cost of living was a constant struggle. The records of parish charities are often underusedContinue reading “Charity Dispute, Local Politics and the Cost of Living Crisis”
- A Word of Warning!Time and time again I see comments about the difficulty of researching before the introduction of civil registration in 1837. It seems like entries of birth, marriages and deaths, as well as the 1841-1921 censuses have become the go-to resources. The commercial genealogy companies certainly aim to publish the ‘big-ticket’ sources that generate the mostContinue reading “A Word of Warning!”
- Guest Blog and Twitter’s #AncestryHourGuest Blog I was delighted to be asked by Susie Douglas of Borders Ancestry and founder of #AncestryHour to write the July edition of her blog. The blog is entitled: ‘Navigating the Sea of Records: Royal Marine and Royal Navy Ancestors’ and can be read here: https://www.bordersancestry.com/blog/archives/06-2022 #AncestryHour I was also welcomed to the #AncestryHourContinue reading “Guest Blog and Twitter’s #AncestryHour”
- A Village Steeped in Family HistoryVisiting the places where our ancestors lived helps connect us with the past. My latest trip to Bledlow Ridge brought back many memories and reminded me of the stories shared by family members as well as those that I have uncovered through research.
- Life After the Royal Marines – Theft, Fraud and ImprisonmentWhen Matthew Buyrn joined the Royal Marines in 1812 under the name John Dunmore, he probably had little idea where life might take him. He served in the Marines for the next twenty-one years before he was discharged in 1833. This is the story of theft, fraud and imprisonment.
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