Latest update on things in general

There is a change in the update page as I am no longer working regularly in schools, museums and libraries as before. I have also been working on two major  projects and  collating all my written songs and music and will be using this and other pages to report back. Having said this - things are still happening!

Genealogy

In 2017 I was invited to give major talks at Family History Fairs at the NEC Birmingham, York and London. Talked again at York and London in 2018. Booked for London Family History Fair at Sandown Racecourse again in September, York in June  and a new show at Bristol in July. - all 2019. Also speaking and giving a workshop at the Family History magazine  Fair at the Alexandra Palace in April. Lectures fixed at the Society of Genealogists in London and as part of the Folk Music Degree course at Newcastle University - both in February.  

 Music

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

As for the the research works, The Ashbrooke Boys is now published online ( see relevant page). Over 250 young men associated with Sunderland Cricket and (Rugby) Football Club (the modern Ashbrooke Sports Club) went to war between 1914 and 1918. Thanks to outstanding local and national records it is possible to tell their stories in detail and build up a picture of the effect of war on families from a particular class for the most part living and working together  in a specific area. The  All monies from the publication will go to good causes associated with the club.

 The other work From Shetland to Keel Square  traces the maritime careers of a group of seamen, the Wear-side built ships in which they served, the relevant shipbuilders and owners. The idea is to present a micro-picture of how the port worked and the then town's resultant social structure. Hopefully other researchers will be able to build up a fuller picture. Getting this work online will be a main focus in 2019 and will tie in with my lecture at the Alexandra Palace in April and the publication of a related major lead magazine article in May.

I have a commission for two major articles in Family Tree magazine in 2019 and also write on a regular basis for the online and hard copy Discover Your Ancestors.

If  (like me) you have young children/grandchildren take a look at the following apps I did the voices for - available free to down load - 'The Steam Train' 'Around the World', 'It was a cold dark night' and 'The Farmer's Lunch' at  the site below (or simply find the Big Cat reference on Harper Collins web site). 

www.collins.co.uk/page/Collins+Big+Cat/Apps  

 HighBeam research encyclopaedia site currently has at least twelve of my travel articles from different newspapers - find it in Google, enter my name as "Keith Gregson" and scroll down to newspaper part or simply try  http://www.highbeam.com/

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