Category Archives: Research resources

Researching seamen and their ships

There are two excellent lists for those with mariner ancestors. The Mariners List (seamen and their ships) offers a mailing list with many knowledgeable members able to offer advice and their own research. http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/MarinersList.html The Ships List (passengers and emigration) … Continue reading

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UKNIWM

The UK National Inventory of War Memorials is compiling a record of all UK war memorials to promote their appreciation, use and preservation. It holds information about over 60,000 UK war memorials, including details of their location, design and history. You can … Continue reading

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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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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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QR codes – are you using them yet?

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability.  The … Continue reading

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UK Museum of Migration

A group is seeking to create Britain’s first major Museum of Migration. Volunteers have been formed under the leadership of Barbara Roche, former Minister for Immigration, and scoping research has been completed, published by ippr. They are now seeking funds to engage a … Continue reading

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Recommendation for a maritime researcher – Len Barnett

I would like to introduce you to an experienced freelance maritime researcher who I have used for my own research. Image via Wikipedia His research covers:- Civilian mariners in British service (mercantile, whaling, fishing & pilotage): c.1835 to c.1972 Royal Navy … Continue reading

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: A Grim Almanac of Georgian London

Another new book is by Graham Jackson & Cate Ludlow and due to be published on 9th January 2012, £14.99 978-0-7524-6170-0 Image by Dr Max via Flickr It outlines a day-to-day catalogue of dreadful deeds, brutal murders and strange occurrences from … Continue reading

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