Latest update on things in general

 For youngsters  ( As noted on first page) Go to my son's  Face Book page 'John Gregson' and/or 'Sunderland RFC' and join in the regularly updated fun during the crisis.

For adults   Go to the  The Ashbrooke Boys  and Shetland pages for details of free copies of online books. The idea is that, during the current crisis, people might enjoy the content but also make suggestions for improvement - which is possible with online publications. Just e-mail me and I will send it/them as an attachment.  I have made this decision as I know there may be many of you at home and with time on your hands!

What I was up to when times were different   Early in February acted as an 'expert' speaker and adviser at the South West Family History Show in Bristol for the second year running. Continued involvement in music at the Peacock pub, PopRecs and the Stumble Inn in Sunderland ( q.v. online). In 2019  I sang local songs at the Usworth Miners' Picnic, Sunday by the Seaside and the Wearside Riverside Festival and also gave a talk and offered expert advice at the London Family History Show and also at the Yorkshire Show in York last June. I gave  a lecture on Sport and Song  at Headingley Sports Ground for  Leeds Beckett University. This is still being followed up with a major academic article in the post conference publication - now being revised. A talk on Ashbrooke Sports Club for Sunderland U3A went down well (over 100 in the audience) and I have now completed a blog on Ashbrooke Sports Club's remarkable history and its archives (which, until recently, I curated). This now contains a great deal on the club's history over almost 200 years and, yet again, is something which folks can browse if looking for something to do.Catch up with the blog at; 

    Gave a concert on mining songs in May as part of a coal mining project in Southwick, Sunderland. Spoke and gave a workshop at Family History Live  at the Alexandra Palace in April. Both lecture and workshop  sold out!  Returned to schools recently to deliver  my Northern Saints and Lowry on Wearside projects as well as a coal mining through song project. All my talk commitments over the next few months have been cancelled due to the virus. Watch this space.


Still composing and collating.Now recording professionally all my major pieces and putting them on my jukebox. Notes on the songs and tunes can be found in the 'My Songs and Tunes' section. 

 I have had two major articles published in Family Tree magazine in 2019 and have further commissions for 2020. I also write on a regular basis for the online monthly and hard copy annual Discover Your Ancestors.  You can see this via the Genealogist web site.

 Questia research encyclopaedia site currently has at least twelve of my travel articles from different newspapers and other articles -


 Enter my name as "Keith Gregson" and scroll down to newspaper part.  The same applies to my work on rugby history with the RFU;