STIRNET HISTORIES is being replaced by a section that will contain pages that are more relevant to supporting Genealogical Research. This exercise was started in August 2015 and may take some years before it is completed. I apologise should this lead to any confusing loose-ends in the interim.

Peter Barns-Graham

Be well & happy!

It is always wise to count one’s blessings in a world that, with all its wonders, remains horrid to many. I have always been very grateful that I am of one of the first generations in my country not to have to go to or be involved in war. I am now also very grateful that I am of the first generation to be able to face a nasty pandemic with some comfort that it should be brought to an ‘acceptable’ level of control, hopefully all around the world, within a relatively short time. 2020 was a terrible year for many but let us hope that that leads us to have a greater appreciation of ‘normality’ when we get back to it.

 

I do hope that the Christmas & New Year Season goes as well for you as is possible and that 2021 is a really great year for you.

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Welcome

Welcome. If you are new to this site, please note that the Families Database is the focus of the site and that I use the Latest pages released page to advise people on what is going on with that database. That page is accessed through the Families Database Menu at the top of each page and (unless you are viewing this on a tablet or smart phone) in the Families Database - latest link at the bottom of each page. Do explore the pages linked to from that menu. Also: if you have any queries, check out the FAQs pages linked to from the top of each page whilst, if you have any problems, check out the Support pages.

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Welcome

Welcome. If you are new to this site, please note that the Families Database is the focus of the site and that I use the Latest pages released page to advise people on what is going on with that database. That page is accessed through the Families Database Menu at the top of each page and (unless you are viewing this on a tablet or smart phone) in the Families Database - latest link at the bottom of each page. Do explore the pages linked to from that menu. Also: if you have any queries, check out the FAQs pages linked to from the top of each page whilst, if you have any problems, check out the Support pages.

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Milestone reached

We have reached the milestone of having launched 6,000 pages into the database. That is made up of 5,842 pages in the main section of the database, that on British families in Medieval Renaissance & Modern periods, plus 94 'Continentals' (Medieval & Renaissance) and 64 'Ancient & Mythical'. It excludes 198 draft & temporary files (196 in the British section, 2 in the Continental) much of which could be launched into the main part of the database albeit often as sections within 'miscellaneous' pages.

Is there an end in sight? No! Strangely enough, you may think, one of the things that has kept me going with the database, and which encourages me to want to keep working on it for many years to come, is that it is a never-ending subject with almost limitless scope for expansion and improvement. However, the main thing that keeps me working on it is that it is something that should last for the long-term and which is under my own control. Having spent many years during my 'main' career working (very hard) for other people on things that were not under my own control and that subsequently were closed down or otherwise were lost, with almost nothing left to show for it all, this site represents something that should last and which I can keep improving. Sometimes the improvement is substantial, sometimes it is trivial, but every bit of work on the database improves it. That provides some satisfaction and also the incentive to keep...