Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

Archive for 2015

Poor, alone and shipped against their will to the other side of the world

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The ‘Potato Orphans’ of Australia is a tragic, little-known period in the nation’s history, in which thousands of vulnerable teenage women, orphaned by the Great Famine, were shipped from Ireland to be wives for the Australian convicts. for more click here

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Families so poor children slept in chests of drawers: Austerity?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

They lived through two world wars to become our greatest generation and now, in a brilliant Mail series they are sharing their remarkable memories.

On Saturday, they recalled an age when sex was worth waiting for. Today, they reveal how they coped with unimaginable hardship and grief. for more click here

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Tracing the children of the Holocaust

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

After World War Two, the BBC attempted to find relatives of children who had survived the Holocaust – they had lost their parents but it was believed they might have relatives in Britain. Seventy years on Alex Last has traced some of those children and found out what happened to them. for more click here

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Lusitania sinking centenary marked by memorial service

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania is being commemorated.

About 1,200 people died and 771 survived when the British liner was torpedoed by a German submarine on 7 May 1915 during World War One. for more click here

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Immortals! Letter hails heroes of Waterloo

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Two centuries on, it remains one of the nation’s greatest military victories.

But even just a day after fighting ended at Waterloo, one British soldier was declaring it ‘the most bloody as well as the most decisive battle’, a letter shows. for more click here

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The original lady in red

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Creating romantic, sepia-toned images is a cinch now that we have Instagram filters to play with. for more click here

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Events, Talks and Visits

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

We host a variety of events, talks and visits, including lectures on historical themes and records, introductory talks on family history, school workshops and visits by groups in further and higher education and evening classes in palaeography. The seminar facility at New Register House Dome can be booked for meetings and conferences. for more click here

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Kirk and Scotty’s Ancestral Journey?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

We have uncovered an incredible entry in the 1841 census that appears to show Scotty and Captain Kirk visiting Linlithgow on the night of the 1841 census. The two men, whose names are recorded as Montgomery Scott and James T Kirk, are both described as ’traveller’. Scott declared he was born in the county of Linlithgowshire, while Kirk was born outside Scotland. for more click here

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Cartoons by Stalag Luft III prisoner

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Cartoons drawn by a British soldier from inside a Nazi prison camp during the Second World War are expected to fetch up to $30,000(£20,000) as part of a huge war-time auction in New York. for more click here

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The bullying British officer ‘murdered’ by his own side

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The average lifespan of a horse at Gallipoli was one day. When I left England in early 1915, my mounted unit had 76 horses, and after three months of fighting we had nine left.

The others were all killed. These horses were our best friends, and it was heartbreaking. for more click here

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