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A ‘Charles Booth’ for the Seventeenth Century?

Soon after the Centre for Hearth Tax Research started working on the 1666 London hearth tax, I had an idea in the back of my mind to compare and …

MacGregor Clan Proscription

An excerpt from W. Croft Dickinson's <br>"Scotland from the Earliest Times to 1603"<br>(1977, Clarendon Press)<p>Chapter-heading - The Rule of James VI and the …

These Never-Delivered Letters Are Giving Us a Window into 17th Century Europe

Connect with Us<p>These Never-Delivered Letters Are Giving Us a Window into 17th Century Europe<p>An old trunk containing more than 2,600 undelivered …

The Complicated Lives of the Poor

The Georgian Poor Laws in England<p><b>This article is another result of time spent – never wasted – sorting through neglected shelves and boxes in</b> …

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Southwest Airlines comes under fire after an agent asks a mom to "prove" biracial child is hers https://cnn.it/2J0KhjD pic.twitter.com/BpOp8FudLD<p>0 …

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your roots-Genealogy is a very serious hobby for my cousin. Already 5800 people…<p>See more<p>This Genius Netflix Flowchart Will Tell You Exactly What to …

10 million parish records free online for March

Ten million historical records from Catholic parishes throughout Ireland have been published online.<p>Spanning 260 years, they have been indexed from …

named | Suprageography

named is a little website that I have recently co-written as part of an ongoing ESRC-funded project on UK surnames that we are conducting here at UCL …

A Visual Guide to Common Cemetery Symbols

Put aside everything horror movies have ever taught you about cemeteries and you’ll find that the final resting places of our dearly departed can be …

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How to Determine the Age of a Photograph

If you have a box of unlabeled photographs in your basement or attic, you aren't alone. Most families pass down photos that aren't labeled, and it …

Ancestral Stories ~ You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Case in point. Our family as known for over a hundred years that our grandmother, Eliza Sampson, was from France and that her husband Henry …

Dunwich: The storms that destroyed 'lost town'

<b>Evidence of violent storms that destroyed a lost town known as Britain's Atlantis has been uncovered.</b><p>The finds were uncovered off the coast of Dunwich, Suffolk - a small village which in the 11th Century was one of the largest towns in England.<p>The town was hit by a succession of storms in the 13th …

A gene sequencer that fits in your pocket

Fast, portable DNA tests are a powerful new tool for fighting disease — and more

In Pictures: How Walsall has dramatically changed over the decades

Walsall may boast a modern streetscene today, but it’s a lot older than many people realise.<p>Although its first undisputed, written reference was in …

Shrapnel and Shelletta: Baby Names and their Links to War, Remembrance and Commemoration

In these weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday, my thoughts turned to some research I first undertook in 2011 around baby names. In particular the …

African American family records from era of slavery to be available free online

Millions of African Americans will soon be able to trace their families through the era of slavery, some to the countries from which their ancestors were snatched, thanks to a new and free online service that is digitizing a huge cache of federal records for the first time.<p>Handwritten records …

Black History

As Gypsies gather in Ewell to pay their final respects today - 10 facts you may not know about Gypsy funerals

As hundreds of Gypsies gather in Ewell today to pay their respects to Sylvie Smith, we look at the facts about Gypsy funerals past and present.<p>1 - …

What do N R W Sup and Imp mean on a criminal register?

Picking oakum at the House of Correction - PD.<p>A look at the classifaction of educational standards in 19th century prison records.<p>Reserching the …

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Margaret Lamb was born in Lancashire in 1896. Her Parents were Margaret and Edward Lamb, her father worked as a canal boatman. Margaret was the …

Extraordinary Roman arcade found in Colchester is ‘greatest find of its kind’

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 07:53 15 February 2016 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 07:53 15 February 2016<p>The remains of a Roman Monumental Arcade, which formed part of the gateway to …

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20 Perfectly Re-Colored Photos That Shed Light On The Past

EMGN<p>Up until the 1970s almost all photography was black and white, giving its subjects a filter that we now interpret as distant and historical. Now, …

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The Shamrock is also recorded twice in <i>The Illustrated History of Derby’s Pubs</i> by Maxwell Craven which I located when visiting Derby Central Library. …

Know Your Archives Websites

Have you ever talked with a genealogy buddy about an archives website that you both love… and 3 minutes into the conversation you realize you’re …

The Forgotten, Macabre World of Mourning Jewelry

If wearing a bracelet made from a dead person’s hair sounds macabre, it’s helpful to remember it was a different era.<p>In our selfie-filled world where every phone is a camera and every phone-owner an amateur photographer, it’s hard to imagine our daily lives devoid of taking pictures. How can this …

10 Times History Was Captured in Living Color

People have been trying to capture color images since Louis Daguerre first pointed a lens at a street and waited 10 minutes for the plate to expose. …

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How to Become a Professional Genealogist

Steps to Becoming a Professional Researcher<p>by Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS<p>A few years ago whenever I was asked how I became a professional genealogist, …