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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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Grace’s Guide – British Industrial History

If you’re researching an ancestor who was employed in industry or manufacturing, or if you are interested in engineering or researching Britain’s industrial past, then a website I found recently may be worth a visit. Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History describes itself as “the leading source of information about industry and manufacturing in Britain […]

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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New Irish records on Findmypast

If you have Irish ancestors then the new database on Find My Past will be of interest. Now available are over 21 million Irish birth, marriage and death records. Access is via their World subscription or pay-per-view. The periods covered for each section of the records are: Births: 1864–1958 Marriages: 1845–1958 Deaths: 1864–1958 The dates […]

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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Bomb map of London

Those with London ancestors who lived in London during WW2, and particularly the Blitz, may be interested in a new online ‘Bomb Map’. Created by the University of Portsmouth from various bomb census records held in the National Archives it shows the place where every German bomb dropped by aircraft on London during a period […]

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