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Genealogical Oddities (III) – Yorkshire Lad in Cádiz: the Spanish marriage of a recusant baronet’s son

Gascoigne of Parlington Hall The records of the Spanish city of Cádiz are a veritable treasure trove for a wide-ranging swathe of genealogists. The city’s pre-eminent commercial position in the 18th century attracted individuals from all over Europe, and the records left by its vibrant population of Irish ‘Wild Geese’ are well known to –…

Curiosidades Genealógicas (II): Nueva mirada a los Martínez de Aspurz

Ya desde hace tiempo venía queriendo comentar algunos aspectos interesantes de esta familia aragonesa, y el descubrir en un momento ocioso esta interesante reseña me ha dado el aliciente necesario para hacerlo. En efecto parece que hubo más de un Martín Martínez de Aspurz, en esta familia, que abrazó el estado eclesiástico, por lo que…

A Call to ARMS

A few years ago I had occasion to visit an art exhibit of some sort in the crypt gallery of London’s church of St Pancras. Quite what the exhibit was eludes me; it proved less memorable than the variety of broken armorial funeral monuments spread rather haphazardly around the crypt. I don’t know whether these…

Genealogische Kuriositäten (I): Die Kastler, eine deutsche Brauerfamilie in Madrid

Im Hochsommer, mitten der gewöhnlichen spanischen Hitze, übermittelte die Zeitung „Journal von Madrid“ („Diario de Madrid“) am 25 August 1816 die folgende erfrischende Nachricht seiner Lesern: „Herr Gerónimo Kastler und seine Gesellschaft informieren alle Einwohner dieser heroischen Stadt dass sie eine Brauerei in der Straße Hortaleza in der Nähe von Sankt Bärbel eröffneten, das Bier…

Heraldry abhors a vacuum

One hesitates to give such folderol wider distribution than it has already received; but the ignorance regarding matters heraldic displayed by one Alex Singleton, an obscure journalist who happens to have the disproportionately large platform that is the Daily Mail’s website, can only be stamped out through efforts to re-educate. http://singletonblog.dailymail.co.uk/2011/10/is-this-the-silliest-most-pointless-government-body-ever.html The level of knowledge…

Lecture at the AIG Colloquium, Bologna

Recently attended the VIIth International Colloquium of Genealogy organized by the Académie Internationale de Généalogie (AIG) in Bologna from September 26th through 29th, 2011. It was wonderful to have the chance to swap with fellow professionals stories (occasionally, horror stories) regarding research experiences ‘in the field’. Some very interesting lectures – here are two shots…