When a vocation calls

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Janet Bishop is chair of ASGRA, the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives, and one of only two researchers who are members of both ASGRA and its sister association, AGRA, in England. In this interview she brings a healthy dose of Scottish common sense to bear on a wide range of topics, from accreditation to networking and continuous professional development.

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Archives across the country open their doors

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Explore Your Archive week (10-16 November 2014) is a nationwide celebration of archives and a chance for local communities to discover the treasures on their doorstep.

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“And people think I have a safe office job”

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With over 35 years’ experience as a genealogist, local historian and archivist – and a string of qualifications to her name – you might expect to find Anglia Research’s Terry Bridger in the rarified atmosphere of a record office or, at the very least, safe at a desk in front of a computer. Not in a hazmat suit, hacking a path to someone’s front door with a pair of shears. In this article, she describes the gritty reality of a probate researcher’s work.

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Tracing your railway ancestors

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Dr Di Drummond is Reader in Modern History at Leeds Trinity University and a leading expert on Britain's railway history. In this interview she discusses her most recent book, Tracing your Railway Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians.

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AGRA accreditation - what it means and why it matters

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Since the 1970s there has been an explosion of interest in genealogy, with a corresponding growth in the number of ‘professional’ genealogists. Yet, 40 years on, people still struggle to judge the credentials of different service providers and to distinguish between the various logos that are used on different websites. In this article, Peter Turvey describes the main method for serious genealogists to achieve bona fide professional accreditation.

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