Nick Thorne explores the unique online collection of Land Tax records and maps revealing Edwardian occupiers and owners of property - as well as some long lost streets!
As Armistice Day approaches and the nation remembers those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, many of us may be drawn to seek out the names of our ancestors on the war memorials across this country and further afield. These monuments can be found in the streets of towns and villages and inside and outside places of work, not to mention those at churches and other institutions. For a family history researcher that perhaps now lives far away from where their ancestor has been commemorated, being able to see the monument online at TheGenealogist is a great way of being able to see the recognition of our servicemen ancestors on war memorials across the world.
Kit Harington, the actor so well known for playing the part of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, has exploded back onto our TV screens on Saturday nights playing the part of Gunpowder Plot conspirator Robert Catesby. The story that has captivated many is that the real life character that he is playing is a distant relative of his. Bearing in mind that Robert Catesby was aiming to commit regicide by assassinating King James I, it is quite fascinating to see that on the other side of his family tree, Kit Harington can trace his line back up to the King.
The Worldwide Army Indexes collection is an invaluable source for family history research, especially where papers have not survived; men who were not pensioned prior to 1882 will generally have none. Note: Each index has a dedicated description of content to help with searches.
Comedian, actress and author Ruby Wax has lived in London with her husband for some years, but was born and raised an only child in the United States of America. Her parents were Edmund Wachs and Berta née Goldmann and they left Vienna, Austria in the 1930s as the clouds of World War Two were gathering.
This latest release reveals stories of torture and murder at the hands of smugglers and the divisions between Catholics and Protestants in the historic county of Sussex.
Lisa Hammond was born on 2 June 1983 in Chichester, West Sussex and is best known for her portrayal of the sharp-tongued market stall holder Donna Yates in the BBC’s EastEnders.. Notwithstanding her birth in Sussex she considers herself to be a Londoner through and through saying that she loves the city and hates the country.
While Noel knows his father, he has little knowledge about his dad's ancestry other than, like his mother, he had originally come from Trinidad in the Caribbean. "I don't have a lot of connections and roots, so I definitely feel like there's something missing. I want my kids to know about their bloodline."
Look for miscreant ancestors and discover more about what happened to those that came up against the law in times past, whether they were a victim, convicted of a crime or found not guilty.
From Evan Meredith, the coalminer who endured prison for his anti-war views and who became a chemist, and William Gilmour, who strived to improve his lot in the world, Fearne is pleased that her family story has found the work ethic and drive that she hoped to discover.
To begin her family history quest Lulu starts by getting together with her brother Billy and her son Jordon to review what they already know of their family history. She is keen to research her mother Elizabeth's background and crucially try to discover why her mother - the middle child of seven - was the one who seemed to have been singled out to be given up by her parents and raised by another family.
Amongst the notable Nottinghamshire people are the infamous Lord Byron and his brilliant mathematician daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace. Both are buried in the parish of Hucknal Torkard. As well as nobility, in this collection we also come across the baptism of Amos Hind. He was famous for playing First Class Cricket for the neighbouring county of Derbyshire between 1876 and 1877. Amos died aged 82 in 1931.
If you love your family history, why not get more involved in your hobby by volunteering for a project that helps you and fellow family historians by preserving the information before it crumbles away. There are a variety of projects that will be of interest for those of us who like to get out and about to photograph in the fresh air; and there are others that will appeal to people who enjoy transcribing historical details from home.
Emma's quest to find her roots confirmed that she has a longstanding link to her home city of Birmingham. What surprised her was that she also had Irish roots, some of whom she was happy to celebrate - while one she was extremely uncomfortable with.
In his edition of the well loved genealogy TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, Adil is keen to find out more about his mixed Asian and African heritage. He already knows that his maternal grandparents were married in British East Africa and he wants to find out more about their lives and how they got there.
Finding where our ancestors lived in the years after the 1911 census can be a challenge. It requires us to turn to alternative records, and some of the best for this purpose are the Trade, Residential and Telephone Directories. Using TheGenealogist's Master Search to look for householders in these directories returns us many names from that time - some of whom are still famous today.
Clare Victoria Balding OBE was born on 29 January 1971 to the internationally respected horse trainer Ian Balding and his wife Emma Hastings-Bass. Clare's maternal family comes from a well-documented aristocratic lineage, being descended from the Earls of Derby, and horse training is heavily represented in her genes from both sides of her family.
Craig Revel Horwood discovers that his roots trace back to England from Australia in the second episode of the latest Who Do You Think You Are? Like many Australians he finds that he has convict ancestry; but he also discovers other forebears who migrated from the U.K. to seek their fortune in Australia.
Born as Walter Charles Dance to Walter Dance and Eleanor Perks in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire in 1946, his father was to die just three years later. Charles has always believed that his dad had been in his early fifties when he died - but now that has been called into question.
The BBC has announced the return of its ever popular genealogy television series Who Do You Think You Are? which traces the family history of celebrities - and the great news is that we don’t have long to wait! The well loved family history programme will return to BBC1 on Thursday 6th July at 9pm and then air in two five-episode blocks.
To coincide with the York Family History Fair in June, TheGenealogist has added the colour tithe maps that encompass the City of York to its National Tithe Records collection and detailed directories covering both early and later records.
Records that chart our ancestors' international journeys can be really useful for building the stories of their lives. The documents can help explain where an ancestor has gone when we can’t find them in the records at home, and it is certainly not just the top echelons of society that appear in passenger lists. In the past all sorts of people booked passages on ships for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they were emigrating for a better life or travelling abroad on business?
Nick Thorne uses the Newspaper and Magazines collection to better understand conditions in World War I
As democracy swings into action again in June, it is worth considering how not many of our ancestors would ever have been given the chance to elect a government of their own choice
The British left their mark on the Indian subcontinent in all sorts of ways - not the least of which are the graves of those who never made it back to Britain and are buried in its cemeteries, or are commemorated on war memorials and can still be found there to this day.
Green fingers run in the family for the presenter of the Chelsea Flower Show
The latest release of Police Letter Books for Hampshire is an eclectic mix of details of promotions and removals of officers (postings from one place to another), as well as recording such things as additional pay and a number of disciplinary matters that were handed out to the policemen of the Hampshire County Constabulary.
Sunetra is now keen to research further into the Indian heritage that she had overlooked until recently. Her mother, Bisakha, had often told Sunetra anecdotes about one of their relatives, the respected lawyer and novelist, Dr Naresh Sengupta – or, as he was known to Sunetra's family: Dadu.
Frederick Durban, his maternal great great grandfather, worked for the General Post Office in Kent and a search of census records and marriage certificates reveals some curious entries that raise various questions for trying to draw up Warwick's family tree.
We are all aware that parish records will give us those all important dates and names for our ancestors - but in some cases they can also reveal interesting stories as well.
Greg is able to establish that there's a mystery surrounding the identity of his paternal grandmother Edith's father. Research discovers that her father was not the man that Edith's mother, Elizabeth, had actually married...
Famous British actor Sir Ian Murray McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire on the 25 May, 1939. He has a mixture of Northern Irish and Scottish forbears on his father's side while his mother, Margery, is of English ancestry.
The Genealogist is adding a fascinating and copiously illustrated resource to its Newspapers and Magazine collections that will give researchers the ability to search for names of possible ancestors mentioned in articles, plus a huge amount of terrific background reports on everyday life in the Royal Navy and Army.
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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