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Podcasts from the National Archives

Some useful new podcasts are now available at The National Archives. Digitised newspapers as sources for family history – a talk on the recently launched British Newspapers Archive – this and other newspaper resources also mentioned on our newspaper for family tree researchers page. Our ancestors and the fear of the Victorian workhouse – a […]

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Find My Past the TV show

A new genealogy television show called Find My Past the TV show starts on 20 October 2011. The programme comes from findmypast.co.uk and is presented by Chris Hollins of BBC Breakfast, Watchdog and winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2009. Instead of celebrities’ ancestors, the show looks at the ancestors of three members of the public […]

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Railway Employment Records

Ancestry.co.uk have announced the release of Railway Employment Records, 1833-1963. This is database of employment-related records from a number of railway companies in England, Scotland, and Wales, covering the period 1833 until 1963. From the very start of railways in this country and the boom and bust period of the railway mania, to their vital […]

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Post Office Appointment Books

The Post Office has been an important institution in British life, and has employed thousands of people during the course of its history. Now many of their employment records are available on Ancestry.co.uk in the new Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737–1969. These books cover over 200 years of Post Office history and record the employee’s […]

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National Heritage List for England

National Heritage List website Trying to find out details of English listed buildings, scheduled monuments, battlefields and so forth has previously meant searching a number of databases of different sites. It is therefore welcome news to see that there is now The National Heritage List for England which is a searchable database of ALL nationally […]

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Researching your criminal ancestors

Picking oakum in prison Apart from the background information supplied in our Essex Court Cases article about the various sources for tracing your criminal ancestors, you may find the latest podcast from The National Archives of interest: From crime to punishment: criminal records of our ancestors from the 18th and 19th centuries. The speaker takes […]

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