Monthly Archives: February 2012

Diary of debauchery

If you are interested in the journeys taken by our relatives when they emigrated take a look at this story of the trip to Australia! http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/diary-of-debauchery-in-colonial-australia/story-e6frea83-1226238978924

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Sailors, storms and science: how Royal Navy logbooks help us understand climate change

This is one of my favourite podcasts from the UK National Archives published 10 Sep 2010   Sailors, storms and science: how Royal Navy logbooks help us understand climate change. Dr Dennis Wheeler, from the University of Sunderland, discusses the use of … Continue reading

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Another podcast from the UK National Archives

The National Archives‘ latest podcast features a talk entitled Anxiety, Dread and Disease: British Ports 1834-1870, given by Sarah Hutton at TNA’s diversity week last November. To access, visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/podcasts/british-ports.htm. The introduction states ‘As Britain’s status as the ‘workshop of the world’ grew, … Continue reading

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Somerset UK Parish Records on line

You can view the Somerset Heritage Centre’s parish record holdings at http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/  then select “online catalogue & index” from the menu .  You then have to click through to “Parish Summaries” . What is really worth browsing though are their 1200 historic … Continue reading

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UK National Archives podcast

The latest podcast from the UK National Archives is a talk by David Carpenter on a project to translate the original Latin fine rolls from the period of Henry III – these list payments made to secure royal favour. The … Continue reading

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New Dorset UK records added to Ancestry

In addition to adding London electoral registers a couple of days ago, Ancestry http://www.ancestry.co.uk   has also added electoral registers for Dorset, covering the period 1839-1922. The collection has been sourced from Dorset History Centre. To view the collection visit http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2167 … Continue reading

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Familysearch = original search page

I’m often asked what happened to the original page of the familysearch search engine.  Although I have written about this before I am adding details again. The old page is still reachable (from here at least) at http://classic.familysearch.org/  On this … Continue reading

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Doctor William’s Library and Congregational Library

Doctor William’s Library and Congregational Library now has an online catalogue at http://mailgate.dwlib.co.uk/Heritage/. The catalogue lists materials relating to English nonconformist Protestant and Congregationalist history. For direct links to the libraries  visit www.dwlib.co.uk./index.html This totals around 38,000 books, pamphlets and offprints. The … Continue reading

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1379 Lay Subsidy Roll for Yorkshire

Part of the 1379 Lay Subsidy Roll for Yorkshire has been transcribed and made available on Genuki, including the list for Owston: http://tinyurl.com/7w3ej2n . There’s no index but it might be worth searching through the individual parishes to see if you can … Continue reading

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British Newspaper Archive digitisation project

I’ve written before about this valuable project and you can read a fairly in-depth article on the behind the scenes work of the British Newspaper Archive digitisation project is available at http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/analysis/2139419/scenes-british-library-digital-newspaper-project. The project is a partnership between Brightsolid and the British … Continue reading

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