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 […]

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Huguenot roots

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Many people claim Huguenot family history if they have a French name in their ancestry, but the actual Huguenots were a specific group of Protestants from France who came over to the UK in two waves, one at the end of the 16th century, and the other in the 1680s.  Huguenot immigration continued in the […]

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Quaker dates and months warning

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I posted a few months ago about dates and chronology, drawing attention to the excellent leaflet that Friends House have produced, but not really giving anyone unfamiliar with the reasons why it is relevant, or giving any real explanation. Recently I have been researching the Dearman family of Hertfordshire, trying to find the birth or […]

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Old and New Maps for family history

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A tweet from the National Library of Scotland this morning reminded me that I had intended to blog about the facility offered by the National Library of Scotland, which allows you to place two maps side by side, for any place in the UK.  Thus you can compare modern and Victorian maps for places that […]

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Red Herring Hints

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One of the joys of using a genealogy website designed to help you make your family tree, is that most of them will provide hints as you enter information.  It’s becoming more and more useful, as more people start researching their family tree and add information, the reliability of the information will, in theory, become […]

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DNA developments

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There are many companies now offering DNA tests to the public.  Some companies, like Ancestry, have been revising their ethnicity estimates in the light of the new data they have acquired by performing so many tests.  Thus my own estimate, which originally showed I was about half Irish, has now been reduced down to 36% […]

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Dates and chronology

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I had no idea until I read a leaflet from the Friends House Library today that there was a discrepancy in dates between Scotland and England.  Their helpful PDF leaflet on Quaker dates also has a section on the change from the Julian calendar, where the first day of the year was March 25 and […]

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What’s in a will?

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Once upon a time, the location of wills was such an arcane subject that books were written on the subject.  So before ordering a copy of a will, you had to find out where it was, track down the will you wanted to order and work out how to order it.  Things have become a […]