Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

Archive for 2011

Bristol Cathedral

Monday, December 19th, 2011


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(c) John Arthur

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Bristol Cathedral

Monday, December 19th, 2011


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(c) John Arthur

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Tenure (academic)

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Tenure commonly refers to life tenure in a job and specifically to a senior academic’s contractual right not to have his or her position terminated without just cause. for more click here

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Registers of Scotland

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Registers of Scotland is the Scottish Government agency responsible for compiling and maintaining records relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. for more click here

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The Register of Sasines

Monday, December 19th, 2011

What is a sasine and what information does it contain?
An instrument of sasine (pronounced ‘say-zin’) is a legal document that records the transfer of ownership (usually a sale or an inheritance) of a piece of land or of a building. It will normally detail the names of the new and previous owners and will give a basic description of the property transferred. There will usually be an indication of the price paid for the property. Sasines can also give you information about family history, particularly where an individual is passing land to another family member, or where the family designation is revealed (e.g. ‘John Campbell of X’). Sometimes information given in one sasine will give you clues as to earlier titles in the chain and so lead you back to the earlier history of the ownership of a building or piece of land. for more click here

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Tax, Criminal, Land & Wills

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Court records are an often overlooked, yet very valuable tool for finding information to assist you in your research. Land records, such as deeds, allow you to tie an ancestor to a specific place at a point in time.
Other court records like those dealing with finances and estates often list related family members or give interesting details like the total value of property owned by your ancestors to add interest to your family history. for more click here

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This Week in History: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Monday, December 19th, 2011

German and British soldiers laid down arms in holiday celebration, took up soccer. for more click here

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Vivid new Battle of the Bulge photos offer never-before-seen look at the war-weary soldiers braving the frigid weather as they fight off Nazi Germany’s last major offensive of World War II

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Breathtaking new photographs, including several vivid full-color images, offer a never-before-seen look at the war-weary soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge who fought through the frozen Ardennes Forest in a mountainous region of Belgium in the dead of winter.

They show soldiers on both sides battling the frigid weather as they fought each other during Nazi Germany’s last-ditch effort to drive back Allied forces between December 1944 and January 1945.

The pictures were released by Life Magazine on the 67th anniversary of the start of the grueling battle. for more click here

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Millions of family and local history records you won’t find anywhere else!

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Search 50 million records for Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Find your past using our family history records and many more for local and social history. click here for more

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Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

These records, collectively known as vital records, can provide details about important milestones in your ancestors’ lives. They include information like the event date and place, parents’ names, occupation and residence. The cause of death is also included in most death records.
Vital records are a cornerstone of family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more likely to be accurate. This category includes indexes that can help you request copies from vital records keepers, and in some cases the images of actual records. for more click here

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