Feedback focus: What everybody’s saying about Explore the Past (part 1)

  • 30th November 2018

Our Explore the Past guide is doing a remarkable job at helping people research their roots. But don’t just take our word for it, see what professional genealogist, Emma Jolly, has to say about it…


Our Explore the Past guide is a real treasure – 70 pages of everything you need to know about how to go about researching your past.


The beauty of this guide is that you don’t have to be from Worcestershire to benefit from it either, the contents are relevant to everybody, wherever you may be in the country or the world!


We’re incredibly proud of the fact Explore the Past has been extremely well received since we launched it, and is continuing to receive plenty of positive feedback from people far and wide, including professional genealogist, Emma Jolly.


Emma is a professional genealogist, writer and historical researcher, who’s based in London. She’s written four books dedicated to different aspects of genealogical research and is a regular contributor to family history publications. She also holds the Higher Certificate in Genealogy award.


Given her extensive genealogy background, we thought Emma would be interested to have a read of Explore the Past and so we recently shared a copy of it with her.


The guide was of particular interest to Emma, as several members of her maternal grandmother’s family happen to be from Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands area.


In Emma’s experience, the West Midlands can be a generally difficult area for family historians to research, given the fact that boundary lines have changed over the years. And by her own admission, she often finds West Midlands geography confusing, and so she found the maps and plans section to be her most favourite part, particularly because of the tips that focus on places that relate to her ancestors’ homes.


In Emma’s words, “Anything that makes family history research clearer for those of us with ancestors in this part of the world, therefore, is something to be celebrated.” And the great thing is, Explore the Past is designed to do just that.


To see Emma’s full feedback for yourself, head over to In the meantime if you have any questions about Explore the Past or want to find out more about how it can help you research your past, contact us on 01905 822866 or message us.

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