Here’s the new courses i’m teaching with WEA this Spring…

East Leake Library, Notts., FAMILY HISTORY, 16 Jan-20 Feb (5) TUESDAY (9.30-11.30 am). A course for beginners and others.
Evington, St Denys Parish Hall, Leicester, FAMILY HISTORY, 9 Jan-20 Mar (10) TUESDAY (1-3 pm). A course for those already hooked on research.
Evington, St Denys Parish Hall, Leicester, FAMILY HISTORY, 10 Jan-21 Mar (10) WEDNESDAY (10-12 am). A course for those already hooked on research.
101 Hinckley Road, Leicester, FAMILY HISTORY, 10 Jan-21 Mar (11) WEDNESDAY (1.30-3.30 pm). A course for those already hooked on research, but beginners are also welcome.
Thurnby Lodge Community Centre, Leicester, FAMILY HISTORY BUDDIES SESSIONS, 1-22 Mar (4) THURSDAY (10-12 am). A course for those who need research doing for them.
Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, Derbys., FAMILY HISTORY, 5 Jan-16 Mar (11) FRIDAY (10.00-12.00 am). A course for those already hooked on research, but beginners are also welcome.
Stand Road, Chesterfield, Derbys., FAMILY HISTORY, 5 Jan-16 Mar (11) FRIDAY (1.30-3.30 pm). A course for those already hooked on research, but beginners are also welcome.
And for a bit of a change…
Evington, Cafe Blends, Downing Drive, Leicester, MY WORD, Poetry, 9 Jan-20 Mar (10) TUESDAY (4-6pm). A poetry writing course for those who don’t think they can write poetry!

For details of any of these courses and how to enrol:
Or phone your local WEA office.


Recent comments on our service…

One student recently wrote about a course they had followed:

Enthusiasm and knowledge of the tutor has really helped to re-awaken my interest in family history. Very useful topics covered and a good mix for beginners and more advanced levels…” AG

A recent client wrote about a number of research projects they had commissioned:

Kevin was very helpful in his flexibility re. the pacing of the research we asked him to do – some gaps, then intensive case work in short time periods“. CN

She stated that our service was an excellent standard, kept her informed of progress, offered good information and guidance, excellent resources were used and we were very encouraging of the client and their project.

For more examples of delighted clients and students please see our Comments page. Please feel free to add your own helpful comments.

Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) membership…

Kevin Brown of Relative Strangers has recently been accepted into the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). This is the largest genealogical research association of its kind in the world. This means high-quality training and resources are available to him and there is a code of practice that all members agree to follow guaranteeing the highest level of professionalism from its members.

APG is a professional association for all genealogists supporting high standards in the apgmemberlogocolormediumfield of genealogy and has grown from 19 to nearly 2,000 members worldwide since it began in 1979. APG supports existing groups and programs to meet the unfilled needs of professional genealogists.

For information on the work of APG see

The code of ethics can be found here

Would you like us to research for you?

If you have arrived at this page because you are thinking of having your family history researched for you please browse our site and let us know what you are looking for. Our options with REDUCED fees are listed in our Research Packages page. You can contact us via or 07913 239769 or just leave a reply below. We’d love to hear from you soon.

Maurice Tate, possibly the greatest bowler of his era…

The article I wrote that came third in the national competition of the Federation of Family History Societies for stories about sportsmen in your family in 2012 is being published in a monthly magazine in February 2014.

MT1‘Making Amends for His Father’, features in Your Family Tree Magazine as a case study. The article concerns a famous cricketer of the 1920s and 1930s and uncovers the story of a son who eventually fulfilled his father’s dream of Ashes and test match glory.

Maurice Tate was my grandfather’s second cousin and was a great celebrity of his day. The magazine will be on sale this month in all good newsagents.

Why not have a go for yourself?

While Relative Strangers seeks to conduct research and provide services on behalf of clients we also offer training courses through the excellent nationwide adult education provider, the Workers’ Educational Association. For less than £3.50 per hour you can learn a great deal about family history for yourself. Do consider taking up this fascinating hobby for yourself if you have the time. Please do not hesitate to ask for further information. To consult the WEA go to or email


From time to time courses are offered through other local providers and we do stage our own courses, talks and tasters around the country to. To keep up to date visit this website or see us on Facebook at




In the final session of the Birdwell Family History course on 2nd December the class was observed by a Workers’ Educational Association organiser. Every tutor has one of these per year to ensure teaching and learning standards remain high. The observation follows OFSTED guidelines.

On the day the students reported back in groups on their chosen historical character’s family background and history. The three teams chose Joseph Locke, Ann Bronte and Anne Frank and every presentation was excellent in detail and interest.

The observer summed up the session: …This was an excellent session, with everyone participating fully. There was humour during most of the session but seriousness when required, particularly during the presentations. I enjoyed being asked to participate in the discussions following the presentations and share my thoughts. There was respect shown for the lives of the people whose stories were told in the presentations, particularly Anne Frank, with this then leading into discussions around the war era and its implications for all the people involved, not only the British. I found this presentation and resulting discussion very moving…

The session received a grade of ‘Outstanding’ which means that both students and tutor had performed to the very highest standards possible. That is what you get when you sign up for such courses.

Two weeks after this OFSTED inspected the WEA nationwide (quite a task in itself!) and was graded ‘Good’ overall. Learn with WEA and you will be among the best!

The latest courses offered…


Workers’ Educational Association courses are free if receiving qualifying benefits or credits. Others on low income may be helped with payment of fees – please enquire at the office listed. For more information on course content contact the tutor on 07913 239769,

The following family history courses are being offered in the Autumn Term:

Birdwell Methodist Church, Sheffield Road, Birdwell, Barnsley, S70 5XB, Family History (6 sessions). TWO COURSES! Mondays – 5 Sept to 10 Oct, either 1.30 to 3.30 pm or 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Cost £45 or Enrol:, 0113 245 3304

KCU Ltd, Fuller Church, 51 Gold St, Kettering NN16 8JB, Family History (7 sessions). Tuesdays – 13 Sept to 18 Oct, 1.00 to 3.00 pm. Cost £53.90. Enrol: 01536 481989 or 01604 813445, Enrolment day Weds 7th Sept 9.30-11.30 at Fuller Church

WEA Centre, 1 Stand Road, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield, S41 8SW, Family History Workshop (6 sessions). Fridays – 16 Sept to 21 Oct, 1.30 to 3.30 pm. The course costs £52 Enrolment: WEA Centre, 1 Stand Road, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield, S41 8SW, 01246 622249,,

Joseph Whitworth Centre, Station Road, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2EQ, Family History Workshop. 6 Fridays – 16 Sept to 21 Oct, 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon. The course costs £52. Enrolment: WEA Centre, 1 Stand Road, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield, S41 8SW, 01246 622249,,

Family History Workshops (11 sessions each)
Robert Hall Baptist Church, 147 Narborough Road, Leicester, LE3 0PD, 11 Thursdays – 22 Sept to 8 Dec, 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon.
WEA Centre, 101 Hinckley Road, Leicester, LE3 0TD, 11 Thursdays – 22 Sept to 8 Dec, 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon.
Each course costs £84.70. Enrol:, 0116 255 6614

LEICESTER: Older & Wiser Project (for people living in Thurncourt, Wycliffe, Evington, Spinney Hills and Belgrave wards aged 50 or over)

Family History Workshops. 7 Wednesdays each:

Evington Park House, Cordery Road, Evington, LE5 6DE, 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon.
Thurnby Lodge Youth & Community Centre, Thurncourt Road, LE5 2NG, 1.30 to 3.30 pm.

If you are 50+ and live in Belgrave, Spinney Hills, Wycliffe, Thurncourt or Evington these courses are FREE. Enrol: 0116 366 0926/0925,

Other courses I offer include the following:

Tuesday – Riverside Library, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE, Poetry Mash Workshop (6 sessions), 12 Sept to 10 Oct, 9.30 to 11.30 am. Cost £45. Enrolment: 0113 245 3304.

WEA Office, Woodgate Chambers, Loughborough, LE11 2TZ, 7 Wednesdays 21 Sept to 9 Nov, 6.30 to 8.30 pm, Conscience and Dissent in the First World War, A course looking at the experience of local conscientious objectors in WW1 and theiur family background. Cost £53.90. Enrol: 01509 268636,,

Wednesday 14 Sept, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood Street, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ. Conscience and Dissent in the First World War, A day-school looking at the experience of local conscientious objectors in WW1. Cost £23.10 or FREE if you receive qualifying benefits or credits. Enrol:

BARROW LIBRARY (Relative Strangers course)
Thursday – Barrow upon Soar Library. North Street, Barrow Upon Soar, Leics, LE12 8PZ, Family History (7 sessions). 7 April to 19 May, 1.30 to 3.30 pm. [Library Course]. To enrol for this course telephone 0116 305 3543. Cost £55.

For details of any of the courses please contact Kevin on 07913 239769 or


Praise most gratefully received…

Mr Giles of Litchfield recently commissioned Relative Strangers to research both his paternal and maternal trees. He sent me these very kind words expressing his delight with the results:

When I wantedthumbs up to research my family tree I really didn’t know where to start but using the services provided by Relative Strangers took all the hassle out of the process.

I got a detailed family history going back hundreds of years and lots of ideas as to how my family and I could continue that research in the future. All that and a courteous service at a price that I could afford, giving great value for money.

I would be very happy to recommend Relative Strangers (and have done to several friends!)”.

That is what our business is all about. Thank you Mr Giles for taking the time to express your gratitude.