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Masonic Periodicals

A new on-line archive may be of interest for late 19th century research: Masonic publications. http://www.masonicperiodicals.org/ The archive consists of periodicals held at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry, London. Covering the period between the late 18th and early 20th centuries, it currently consists of 75,000 pages. Not the easiest site to navigate, and a […]

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Finding your criminal ancestors

Findmypast.co.uk have released a substantial number of new records under the overall title of Crime, Prisons & Punishment 1770-1934 The current 518,000 records help you discover if your ancestors were criminals and passed through the justice system in England and Wales between 1817-1931. Soon it will be extended to cover the years 1770 – 1934 […]

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Divorce records on Ancestry

New on Ancestry.co.uk are the UK’s Civil Divorce Records covering the period 1858 to 1911. This database contains records from civil divorce proceedings that followed the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act. This removed divorce from the jurisdiction of the church to the civil courts. Divorce was an expensive matter and therefore only available to a small […]

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Newspapers on Findmypast

Findmypast.co.uk have just announced that over 200 British newspaper titles are now available on their site. It is the same database that is available though the The British Newspaper Archive (BNA). Both sites are owned by the same company: brightsolid. On Findmypast (FMP) it is available to those with a world-wide subscription or by pay-as-you-go […]

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Additional resource for researching newspapers

At first glance the newspaperarchive.com is a largely American audience aimed newspaper archive, but there are a surprising number of British titles in their archive. The site is a subscription based, but they do allow a number of preliminary views of the newspaper before insisting on the opening of a subscription. What is interesting about […]

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Articles of Clerkship

Articles of Clerkship is a new archive on Ancestry.co.uk. This is all about the legal profession. Articles of clerkship were contracts between an apprentice clerk, who wanted to become an attorney or solicitor, and an attorney who agreed to train the clerk for the profession. The contracts were often entered into by fathers (or other […]

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