The BBC TV programme Banished, set in the penal colony of New South Wales in 1788, has dramatized the brutal lives of the convicts transported overseas and the men sent out to guard them. While the series is a work of fiction, some characters appear to be based on real people who were convicts transported to Australia in the First Fleet.
The BBC2 TV programme on Horatio Nelson (Friday 6th March 2015) centres on what the famous Admiral wrote in his letters to reveal a more complex man than the hero created after his death. It is not just his correspondence, however, that can be used to understand the great man further as we can also discover a great deal more about him from the words that he included in his will and codicils.
Tithes are a rich resource for family historians to find their ancestors within. They cover owners and occupiers of land from all strata of society in early Victorian times and for the first time they can be searched all on one website at TheGenealogist.
Ancestors that fell foul of the law are always fascinating subjects for family history research. The chance to unearth a felon from within the records can be an exciting prospect.
Every year the popular BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? brings us a host of new and exciting stories. We have taken a look at each celebrity as they journey into their family history, and you can read about their discoveries in our articles.
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