This begins an exciting but tedious journey. Most original records are not yet digitized. The researcher must pore over hand-written parish records, census returns, and cemetery records. They often spend day after day in libraries scanning through microfilm copies of old newspapers. It can be a dirty, backbreaking job. Small libraries, such as in churches, may not be conducive to hours of research. Dust and mold are found in neglected archives. A formal background in the study of history is not necessary, in fact there are advantages in applying skills learned in other disciplines. The following blogs are the result of such research.