Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

Archive for 2012

Broadside ballad entitled ‘Burning of the Montreal and loss of Three Hundred Scotch Emigrants’

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

This ballad is sung to the tune of ‘Flowers of the Forest’ and begins: ‘You people of Scotland I pray give attention, / A sad dismal story I soon shall let you hear, / Of the dreadful burning of the Steamship the Mon’real / For Montreal in Canada her course she did steer.’ A woodcut illustration is included at the top of this sheet. for more click here

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Just in time for Christmas! World War II post card sent from occupied Channel Islands 71 years ago FINALLY makes it to its destination

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Most of us moan when we realise our Christmas cards won’t make it to their destination on time. But spare a thought for the soldier who posted his letter in 1941, only for it to be received today. Engelbert Bergmann received the field post card which was sent to Muehlheim, in Germany’s Hesse State, 71 years ago.for more click here

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British professor discovers Captain Scott’s lost campsite eerily unchanged since doomed Antarctic expedition 100 years ago

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

A century after it was last used a lost campsite from Captain Scott’s doomed Antarctic expedition has been rediscovered.Professor Clive Oppenheimer, a volcancologist at the University of Cambridge, pinpointed the remote site using original maps and photographs.

It was last used 100 years ago by surviving members of the team that travelled to the Antarctic with Captain Scott. for more click here

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Broadside ballad entitled ‘Adieu, My Native Land, Adieu’

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

This ballad begins: ‘Adieu, my native land, adieu, / The vessel spreads her swelling sails; / Perhaps I never more may view / Your fertile fields, your flowery dales.’ It was to be sung to the air ‘Farewell to Albion’s Heathery Hills’. The broadside was priced at one penny and published by the Poet’s Box (probably in Glasgow). A long advertisement for services offered by the Poet’s Box foots the sheet, but the address and town are not included. for more click here

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Steam train returns to London Underground for the first time in a century to mark 150 years since the Tube was opened

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Setting foot on the platform, you could be forgiven for thinking you had travelled back in time and arrived in the golden age of steam.

It’s all there – the smell of burning coal, the hissing of the steam and the clanking of the wheels as an engine is shunted back and forth. for more click here

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From Bethlehem to the Garden of Gethsemane, the biblical locations photographed in 1862 to prove to the English they really did exist

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

A photograph taken during a royal visit to Bethlehem to prove the biblical city’s existence will be going on display among photographs and diary extracts from a royal tour 150 years ago.

Queen Victoria’s eldest son King Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, was sent on an educational trip to the Middle East in 1862, accompanied by Francis Bedford – the first photographer on a royal tour. for more click here

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Burial and cremation registers search

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Find out what the registers contain and how to search. for more click here

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City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The City of London Cemetery and Crematorium is a cemetery and crematorium in the north east of London. It is the largest such municipal facility in the UK and probably in Europe. for more click here

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Family History Research Timeline

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Take an exciting and rewarding journey into your own past with the Research Timeline, an easy-to-use tool for delving into four fascinating areas of your family history. for more click here

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“Bona Vacantia”

Monday, December 17th, 2012

“Bona Vacantia” literally means vacant goods and is the legal name for ownerless property that passes to the Crown. We administer the estates of persons who die intestate without known kin and collect the assets of dissolved companies and failed trusts. for more click here

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