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Britain’s Child Migrants

A new website has just started which looks at the experiences of the thousands of British child migrants who were sent to Canada, Australia and many other Commonwealth countries to start a new life. Covering the period between 1860 and 1760, On Their Own: Britain’s Child Migrants is a joint venture between the Australian National […]

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Army Pensioner Records 1760 -1913

The complete archive of Chelsea Pensioner Records is now available on Find My Past. If you think that your army ancestor was not one of those red-coated Chelsea Pensioners, then think again. Do not be misled by the title. This archive is a comprehensive record of over 1.5 million soldiers who served in the British […]

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Free military records on Ancestry

For Remembrance Week only, Ancestry.co.uk are offering free search and view of part of their collection of military records. These are British Army Service and Pension records and Medal Index Rolls. This offer lasts until midnight GMT on 14th November. So if you have ancestors who fought in the First World War, now is the […]

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Bankruptcy – a podcast from The National Archives

If you’ve been looking at our lists of Essex bankrupts and found your ancestor in them, or are just interested in how bankrupts have been dealt with over the past 400 years, then the latest podcast from The National Archives will be of interest: Credit crunch histories: records of bankrupts in The National Archives It […]

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Aerofilms archive

English Heritage has just announced funding of over £1.7 million for the conservation and digitisation of over 1 million aerial photographs which were taken over Britain during the 20th century. Between 1919 and 2006 the company Aerofilms took photographs of Britain from the air for many different reasons. The oblique photographs reveal Britain’s the changing […]

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Heritage Open Days

Now is your chance to nose around some historic properties. Many of which are not normally open to the public, have restricted opening hours or normally charge admission. Heritage Open Days is a celebration of the rich and diverse architecture and historic buildings to be found across England. This year the days are 9 to […]

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