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25 inch Ordnance Survey Maps for Essex

The excellent Map section of the National Library of Scotland’s website is now even better! They have made available the 25 inch Ordnance Survey Maps for Essex – all free. These are the most detailed historical maps produced by the Ordnance Survey on a scale of 25 inches to the mile. They can be used […]

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Essex Electoral Registers

The Essex Record Office have recently announced that they are releasing digital images of Electoral Registers for Essex as part of their subscription package, or they can be viewed for free at their search room. The Record Office hold registers from 1833 to 1974 and these will be released in phases. The first phase are […]

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Essex Herald now online

The British Newspaper Archive has now added another Essex newspaper to its archive: the Essex Herald, covering the years 1834, 1863, 1873 – 1874, 1879, 1881 – 1884, 1897, 1899. A total of 1,492 issues. This now means that the following Essex newspaper titles are in the archive · Essex Standard: 1831 to 1900 4,169 […]

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Police Gazette – crime and criminals

An early policeman, sometimes called a Peeler or Bobby (Punch cartoon 1845 PD) Ancestry.co.uk has just released the United Kingdom’s Police Gazettes for the period 1812-1902, 1921-1927. The Police Gazette was published by the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service and contains information on crime and criminals, especially wanted criminals, missing persons and army […]

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Tithe Maps and your family history

The Genealogist has released a database of tithe maps and their schedules for England and Wales covering 40 counties and containing over 14 million names. These maps were drawn up in England and Wales following the passing of the Tithe Commutation Act, 1836. Tithe maps and their accompanying tithe apportionment schedules can help you research […]

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Magna Carta Exhibition at Braintree Museum

Braintree District Museum are organizing an exhibition and a diverse programme of events to promote the important local context of the Magna Carta story, and to investigate what the local area was like in the late 12th – early 13th centuries. The exhibition will be running at the Museum from 22 September 2015 until 30th […]

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