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Red Cross Volunteers in WW1

During World War One thousands of women and men joined the Red Cross to help the war effort and their records are now being made available online on a free database. At the outbreak of hostilities the British Red Cross and the Order of St John formed the Joint War Committee. Members and volunteers of […]

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Electoral Registers on FMP

Find My Past have just announced the release of their largest single collection to date with over 5.4 million images of England & Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932. These contain approximately 220 million names. Covering over 100 years these images are of microfilmed copies of printed registers stored in the British Library where they cover 2.25 […]

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Ordering Wills or Probate Records Online

The HM Government’s Probate Office for England and Wales has now altered the procedure for ordering Wills or Probate records (1858 to the present day). You can only order the documents online. It will cost £10. Go to their Find a Will search page and enter the persons surname and year of death. It is […]

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New: Trade Union Membership Registers

Newly published on Findmypast.co.uk is an archive of Trade Union Membership Registers. These are three million British trade union records from the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. The collection includes images of the original record books from 9 unions. The information on each record can vary depending on the type of record […]

Radio Times Archive

The BBC has launched their Genome Project. They’ve scanned the back catalogue of the Radio Times and particularly the listings information between 1923 and 2009. A good source of information if your ancestor or living relation was involved as an actor, presenter, etc. Or just go down memory lane: what was I watching in 1967? […]

Were your Victorian ancestors servants?

Did your ancestor live or work in a grand house in the Victorian era? Was one of your ancestors a butler or a hall boy? Was your greatgrandmother a housemaid or a cook? Did your forebears employ domestic staff? Whatever your family’s link to the past, TV Aspect, a TV production company, would love to […]

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