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Surrey resources

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Whenever I find a lot of resources for a particular place, I try to add a section to my free resources page. This week – Surrey!  There are a few printed registers available on the internet archive for Surrey.  I know that the Surrey registers and resources from the Surrey History Centre are currently on […]

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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 […]

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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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List of Huguenot Society publications

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In the course of my researches, I have come across many publications by the Huguenot Society.  They are particularly difficult to sort out, because they all look the same when you search on the Internet Archive, and they use the same Volume numbers for both the Huguenot Society Proceedings AND the other publications they produce. […]

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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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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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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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Public Domain Review

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I’ve been away for some months.  Two family health crises and two bereavements later, I’m back. Apologies for the gap in transmission!  I think one of the saddest jobs of a family historian is to add a death date for a family member or partner, and I’ve had to do that twice in five months. […]

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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 […]