The Story Behind Family History Roots

In mid 2022 one of my clients said they would like some sessions of advice and tips, just coming out of CoVID lockdown as we were, and the plan for a simple, short podcast that could be listened to in about 1/2 hour or less began to take shape.
Family History Roots is the result of that thinking through process for the modern times in which we live: a short educational and informative series of talks and discussions about the modern way of researching family history, with material for those starting out, for those wanting tips to break down research problems, for those wanting some ‘How To’s on specific topics, and discussions of new resources and tools for the genealogists and family historians.

So I focus on informing and then discussing topics and resources that are used, and introducing new tools – such as DNA matching. Using my experience of researching professionally over many years and using examples from my own studies, I talk about how best to study your family history.

As I’m in the UK, its best to talk about UK records and resources, so anyone with an interest in the British Isles will find this useful, as will anyone who wants to understand the techniques of how the history of a family can be uncovered.

Much of my professional work has been on other families around the world, originating from the UK, and I now have a one name study ongoing into the family name Runacres – which continues my hunt for this family around the world, stories from this study will appear from time to time.

I have been using genealogical software since the 1990s, and I will talk about its modern use and about online family trees, and will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a number of programs – I use Reunion (for Mac) and Family Tree Maker for the majority of my family trees.

Meet Your Host

Mark Irving is Director of Grange Genealogy and has been working professionally since 1984 resolving inheritance puzzles and family history problems. He also researches his maternal family with a One Name Study.


Mark Irving