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New Court Records Reveal a Bewitching Array of Crimes
27th October 2023
We have added a fascinating new collection of Quarter Session Registers to our Court & Criminal Records, this new release covers a period from 1590 ? 1839 and includes the names of indicted persons, witnesses, and the Justices of the Peace.
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National Tithe Record Collection for England & Wales now complete on Map Explorer™
13th October 2023
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Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Records and Maps Now Complete
29th September 2023
We have now completed the 1910s land tax records for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. These Lloyd George Domesday Survey records are a fully searchable resource that family and house historians will find invaluable in their research. Using the field books and maps enables you to discover …
Over Half a Million Irish Parish Records Released
15th September 2023
Another whole county's worth of Irish parish records now bolsters our record collections, with over 510,000 individuals from County Laois added to our easily searchable records.
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