What’s been happening lately here at The Parchment Rustler? Check out the items below and find out…

January 2020

And the Winner Is…

If you entered the Historic Occupations Quiz here on The Parchment Rustler last month, then the wait is over…we have a winner! Many congratulations to John Bravin of Somerset, UK, who wins a copy of Just The Job: How Trades Got Their Names by Alexander Tulloch.

Many thanks to those of you who entered the competition – we hope you enjoyed it. If you’re keen to learn more about the unusual occupational terms which you might uncover in the course of your family history research, then follow the #OccupationOfTheDay hashtag on Twitter: there’s a new job for you to discover every day!

Book cover of Just the Job: How Trades Got Their Names

December 2020

Enjoy Maps? Take a Look At the IHGS Diamond Event Seminar Series…

2021 will see the Institute for Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) celebrate its Diamond Jubilee through a range of digital events and talks. If you’re keen on maps, then you might be interested to know that The Parchment Rustler‘s Sophie Kay will be delivering an online talk as part of the Diamond Event Seminar Series.

Historic map of England and Wales

Entitled Walking With Your Ancestors: Mapping Strategies for Genealogists, the talk is scheduled for 10am on Tuesday 9th February. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased directly from IHGS. We’ll look at two key strategies for mapping your ancestors’ lives: the Outlier Method, and Context Embedding; there’ll be plenty of wonderful maps to catch your eye. Join us and see how maps aren’t just beautiful, they’re also an invaluable tool in your genealogy research.

The Diamond Jubilee seminar series includes a variety of talks from some fantastic speakers – check out the full schedule on IHGS’ website.

November 2020

Maps: A Digital Seminar for Nottinghamshire Archives

As November draws to a close, we see the return of Explore Your Archive week, an annual event dedicated to recognising the value of our archival collections, and encouraging researchers to engage with their historical riches. For this year’s EYA week I’ve been working with Inspire, Nottinghamshire’s county archive, on a digital seminar entitled Mapping Your Ancestors: A Genealogist’s Guide. You can view the video here.

If you have 15 minutes to spare, my talk will take you through all sorts of digital and paper-based map resources and techniques which will not only bring your family history research to life, but actually assist you in the research process. I hope you enjoy watching the video and applying these methods!

New Book Review in WDYTYA? Magazine’s December issue

The December issue of popular genealogy magazine Who Do You Think You Are? has hit everyone’s doormats this week. If you turn to page 84 then you’ll find my most recent article – a review of new title The Official History of Britain. The book uses data from the Office for National Statistics to tell the story of the nation through the last two centuries and it’s a great way for genealogy researchers to understand the social context underpinning their ancestors’ world.

October 2020

Guest Post in Alan Godfrey Maps Newsletter

I’m a big fan of Alan Godfrey Maps, which produces reprints of historic Ordnance Survey maps, fantastic for use in genealogy research (those of you familiar with the AG maps styling will have noticed their products making an appearance in some of my posts here on TPR). Consequently I was thrilled to write a guest article for the Alan Godfrey newsletter this month, entitled “Mapping Magic for the Family Historian” (link downloads as PDF).

Article preview of Mapping Magic for the Family Historian.

It was fantastic to hear from so many of you in response to my recent (longer read) maps piece here on TPR, so I hope you’ll enjoy this AG article too. It’s a somewhat shorter read and covers two methods for your genealogy research: the Outlier Method and Context Embedding (shown in the image below). You’ll have to read the article to find out more!

Image preview from AG Maps guest post, showing an extract of an 1870s Shoreditch map with a route from a home to a church drawn on in a dotted line.

September 2020

The Parchment Rustler makes WDYTYA Mag’s Digital Pick of the Month

Extract from Who Do You Think You Are magazine, listing The Parchment Rustler as the Digital Pick of the Month. Blog is described as offering "friendly and informative advice" with "highlights so far" including "a series of posts about how to ask the right questions, and a guide to...create your own palaeography kit."

There was a bit of a surprise waiting for me when I opened my issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine this time…on browsing the pages, I was delighted to discover that The Parchment Rustler has been selected as their October Pick of the Month. It’s lovely to know that the articles here on TPR are both friendly and informative! Many thanks to Rosemary Collins and the rest of the team at WDYTYA for choosing my blog to be showcased.

Guest Post for Pharos Tutors

Many of you will be familiar with Pharos Tutors, one of the main organisations in the UK for genealogy education and training. The eagle-eyed amongst you this month will have spotted my guest post on the Pharos Tutors blog, entitled “Lost in Genealogy: Seven Steps to Battling Bias”. Many thanks to Karen Cummings at Pharos for the invitation to appear – it’s always great to connect with a new audience!

August 2020

TPR listed on Feedspot

Feedspot, the blog aggregator site, has listed The Parchment Rustler as the 8th best genealogy blog in the UK. It’s always great to see people enjoying the content on TPR, so based on this I’ll be working hard to keep good articles on genealogy research methods coming your way.

Extract from The Parchment Rustler's appearance on Feedspot, listing the blog as 8th best in the UK and providing a brief description of author Sophie Kay's work.

June 2020

The Parchment Rustler Officially Launches

After some hard work finalising the design and ensuring everything is working nicely, The Parchment Rustler has officially launched. Following an introductory post welcoming readers to TPR, I’ve started off talking about how you can ask the right questions in your genealogy research. Please feel free to join in the discussion – either in the comments section at the bottom of each page, or on social media to my account @ScientistSoph.

Dictionary open at the definition of genealogy: "1. a line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor; 2. the study of lines of descent"