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I came across a book of photographs by Elfyn Scourfield — black and whites of dying rural skills in Wales. It is just “my sort of subject matter” — my interest — and there is something familiar to me in the pictures. I have often wondered if there is some distant family connection there.

After my grandfather, Clifford Thomas Scourfield, a Welsh speaking Welshman, died, I found a large yellow box of his photographic prints. He was a chemist, an early importer of photographic materials and chemicals, and a keen photographer. (Remember the days when we trundled down to the chemist’s to have our films developed and printed?) I have wondered if there is a connection between him and Elfyn Scourfield.

And then, in a completely unconnected moment, I am photographing in Scourfield Bay, near the southern tip of South America, lost in the moment, and wondering if, indeed, there is a connection here, too.

In all instances, I wish I knew whether there is connection, or more about it.

And from all of this comes our desire to help interested readers to establish their own family trees, networks and connections. Our West Travel Club Ancestry Travel event with genealogy experts TimeTrackers comes in. Over the course of a single morning, at our West Travel Club Ancestry Travel event with genealogy experts Dr Lesley Silvester and Mike Murray, we will provide you with the essential tools to:

Research your family history: tackling the genealogical heavy lifting you can do at home to trace your ancestry, such as building your family tree, DNA testing, accessing online records effectively, and more.

Prepare for overseas research: visiting record centres overseas, joining local family history societies and booking and attending events for when you’re there.

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