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 […]

Family history

Heralds’ Visitations

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The Heralds’ Visitations are records of visits to various places to record family genealogies, changes to families, made by the College of Arms heralds.  They can provide useful information, but any researcher has to understand that the information is fallible.  Just because it was recorded three centuries ago, Aunt Agatha’s information about the family is […]

Free resources

The Gentleman’s Magazine online

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The Internet Archive is quickly becoming a wonderful resource for the family historian.  By searching the internet archive you may come across family genealogies, histories for particular towns, and ancient publications with births, deaths and marriages in them. One of these is the Gentleman’s Magazine, which ran from 1731 to 1922.  It is a very […]