Family history

Free Stuff from the National Archives

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The National Archives have quietly doubled the number of downloads you can make for free from their website.  You can now download up to 100 items, including wills, these include: First and Second World War records, including medal index cards Military records, including unit war diaries Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service […]

Family history

Background information

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A couple of days ago, someone asked on one of the groups I am on, how people find information to fill out their family history.  She was researching the plain births, marriages and deaths information for the family, but wanted a little more colour, some information to bring the time period to life.  I have […]

Death and dying

Music for memorials and funerals

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It’s become a bit of a cliche to use “I did it my way” for a funeral, but often the music is chosen by the person themselves.  I always counsel against very upbeat music at a memorial or funeral, simply because one of the uses of a service, whether in person or online, is to […]

Death and dying

Memento Mori

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With over one hundred thousand people having died in the last 12 months in the UK from Coronavirus, my thoughts were drawn today to the vast number of people who are mourning someone who has died. The fact that they may be prevented from attending a funeral – or from holding a funeral at all […]