Elizabeth Maconchy: pioneering composer. Photograph: British Music Collection/University of Huddersfield

Although she spent most of her life in a country where today is known as “Boxing Day”, the composer Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994) betrayed her origin(...)

The only cast-iron rule of family history is that you start from what you know and use it to find out more. Take your granny and work back from her.

There has never been a better time to research Irish family history. A revolution in access to Irish genealogical records has taken place over the pas(...)