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Colchester war-time diaries

I have previous mentioned the excellent war-time diaries of Eric J. Rudsdale; at the time of the Second World War he was the Curator’s Assistant at Colchester Castle Museum. His diaries have been published daily in blog format: WW2: A Civilian in the Second World War. Extracts are still being published on the blog, but […]

New parish registers at the ERO

The excellent service provided by the Essex Record Office through their SEAX system will soon be even better. They have announced that many more parish registers are to be available online covering the period 1538 to 1837, with many registers after that date also becoming available. Also available will be many Wills. The downside is […]

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The history of the Stonebridge Park area

The history of the area known as Stonebridge Park which covers the areas of the parishes of Great Wakering, Little Wakering, Sutton, Shopland, Barling, North and South Shoebury, is the subject of a recently published report. These parishes are to be found in the south-east corner of Essex, near Southend. The report: Stonebridge: An Initial […]

Searching the 1911 census on Ancestry

Ancestry.co.uk have taken another step forward by releasing the images of the schedules for the 1911 census, but they have still to release a searchable names database linked to the schedules. So in the meantime, if you are a member of Ancestry and are struggling to try and work out how to find your ancestors […]

Tracing your ag labs’

Most people will have in their family tree agricultural labourers, or ‘ag labs’ as they are sometimes called in the census returns. Most people think that there will be nothing of interest to find out about them. This podcast from The National Archives seeks to dissuade you from that view and offers suggestions as to […]

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Colchester Archaeological Trust

The latest reports by the Colchester Archaeological Trust have just been made available. These include: Building surveys in Hatfield Broad oak and Colchester, and several reports on archaeological evaluations, test pits and trenching at sites throughout Essex, but mainly in the Colchester area. Also of interest in the archaeological arena is the new website for […]

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