Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

Archive for 2011

Bygone times: Incredible colour photos from the early 20th century which capture a world on the brink of permanent change

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

They are considered to be part of one of the most important collections of early colour photographs ever seen, capturing key moments in history and the dying embers of many cultures. And now – more than a century after the ambitious project was launched – these incredible images are being brought to a mass audience for the first time. for more click here

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How the real life Downton heir plotted to kill his father

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The eight-year-old heir to the earldom knew what was coming and was terrified. Summoned to his father’s study, he glanced out of a window and saw the head gardener tying together a bundle of birch twigs.

The high-born lad was in for a thrashing. What had he done this time? for more click here

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After 72-year wait, old records will be accessible online (US)

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Barbara Thiemann has waited 10 years to learn about a brother she never met.
On April 2, when the government releases the 1940 Census, that will change.

“I plan on being the first one in line,” said Thiemann, 56, of Penn Hills. “It’s going to open up a lot of information that I didn’t know.”

Thiemann, an amateur genealogist, heard from a family friend about her brother who died 20 years before she was born. She hasn’t found records of his birth or death because her family moved a lot in the 1940s and ’50s and because the government doesn’t release full census data until 72 years after gathering it. None of the previous censuses listed her brother. for more click here

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CENSUS RECORDS

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Unlock census secrets

Census records are the lifeblood of family history – it’s hard to imagine getting started without them. These crucial documents provide a snapshot of your family’s domestic life every ten years, listing everybody in the house, and providing details such as their ages, birthplaces, occupations and relationships. for more click here

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How big-hearted French pilots made 200 toys for British children in just three days during war-time Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Heart-warming photographs have been discovered showing an attempt by French wartime pilots to make hundreds of Christmas toys for British children in just three days. The detailed photographs have been unearthed by researchers at the Yorkshire Air Museum and reveal an amazing World War Two story of generosity. for more click here

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‘He wanted to be with his friends’: Ashes of Pearl Harbor survivor are returned to the sunken battleship where all his comrades were killed

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

A Marine who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has returned to the USS Arizona for eternity. Divers took an urn holding the cremated remains of Frank Cabiness from the late Marine’s family, swam over to the sunken battleship and placed the container inside during a solemn ceremony on Friday. for more click here

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Search the archive for FREE

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Whether you are a researcher, historian or you simply want to know more about Britain’s history, take this fantastic opportunity to search this vast treasure trove of historical newspapers from your own home. for more click here

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Royal Naval Seamen (1853 – 1923)

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

You can search and download over 600,000 service records for most ratings who joined the Royal Navy between 1853 and 1923 in the Registers of Seamen’s Services ( ADM 188) and the Continuous Service engagement books (ADM 139).

These records can tell you about your ancestor’s birth, their physical appearance, their occupation and which ship(s) they served on. Details of service are recorded up to 1928. for more click here

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The man whose muscles made women faint: How Britain’s first bodybuilder was the father of modern fitness

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

On a winter’s day in 1904, Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle steered his motor car too quickly into the drive of his Surrey country home.The car clipped a gatepost and ran up a high bank before overturning, pinning him beneath it. When the steering wheel snapped under the strain, the entire weight of the car was borne by Conan Doyle’s back. There he remained until a crowd assembled and lifted the car off him. for more click here

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Library and Archives Canada

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Library and Archives Canada. for more click here

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