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Resources
Federation of Family History Societies, 2001 This guide for researchers is worth tracking down. Takeaway, 2016 The definitive guide to all aspects of marriage in England and Wales. w ancestry.co.uk This site has an extensive collection of bonds a
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Free Online Records
w newa.wales/whats-online You will need to register with NEWA’s website and log in to access these maps, as well as awards showing land ownership. w newspapers.library.wales Search and access more than 1.1 million pages from nearly 120 titles pub
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The Big Picture
Soldiers search the debris of the Custom House, Dublin, after it was burnt during the Irish War of Independence, May 1921 Designed by English architect James Gandon, the neoclassical domed Custom House opened beside the River Liffey on 7 November 17
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North-east Wales Surnames
BELLIS The anglicised form of the Welsh ap Elisedd meaning ‘son of Elisedd’ can be found in Flintshire and Cheshire. CHALONER This name derives from the Old French word for a boatman. EDWARDS This patronymic is found across Wales, but is most common
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How To Find Your Clerk Ancestors
If your clerk forebears ever found themselves out of work, or died leaving families behind, it may be worth looking at the records of friendly societies to see if they were members, and if so, to find out if their wives and children benefitted from t
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Sarah’s Top Tip
I love The National Archives’ catalogue (discovery.national archives.gov.uk ). It’s so convenient being able to do a blanket search across England and Wales. However, as our article on page 19 highlights, local catalogues are gradually improving as a
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Expert’s Choice
Perhaps one of the lesser-known newspaper digitisation projects, as compared with the British Newspaper Archive, Chronicling America and Trove, Papers Past (paperspast.natlib.govt.nz) is the website that I’m recommending today. Provided by the Nation
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Can You Help?
Online volunteers are invited to get involved in a ground-breaking project tracing Londoners of African, Caribbean, Asian and indigenous heritage. Switching the Lens (bit.ly/LMA-BAME) is an initiative from London Metropolitan Archives to create a sea
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‘A DNA Test Helped Me To Track Down My Criminal Ancestor’
MARGARET MILCHARD lives in Leominster, Herefordshire. She has been researching her tree for 20 years Charlatan ancestors can lead researchers on a merry dance. Many changed their name or gave conflicting details on official records to avoid leaving
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Resources
w staybehinds.com Maintained by the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team, this site includes lists of names and details of local Auxiliary Unit patrols. w forces-war-records.co.uk/ ww2-records This subscription site has transcribed and indexed the Home
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Team Read A 17th-century Letter Without Opening It
Researchers have managed to ‘read’ a sealed letter from 1697 without needing to open it. The letter is an example of the historic practice of ‘letterlocking’, or intricately folding a letter so that it formed its own envelope and was harder for thir
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North-east Wales Directory
a Industrial Estate Road, Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate, Llangefni, Anglesey LL77 7JA t 01248 751930 e archives@ynysmon.gov.uk w anglesey.gov.uk/archives Families moved around , so other archves in North Wales may be worth checking. For example, Ang
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1851
A single entry carried on from a household on the previous page. Always check adjoining pages for other entries. Octavia’s mother Caroline Southwood Hill had progressive views about educating her daughters. She has a visitor George Fletcher who is a
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Military Picture Analysis
Q My cousin and I are having a friendly argument about this photograph of our great grandfather Edwin Wood, who was born in Bristol in 1868. My cousin believes that he is wearing a military uniform, but I think it’s more likely that he is wearing a s
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Resources
Although dated, this is still a very good introduction to who clerks were and what they did. This informative book is freely available from the Internet Archive: bit.ly/arch-clerks. The LMA has a brief history of the United Law Clerks’ Society and d
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Clerks
There is a good chance that any young, literate and numerate man in the 19th century worked as a clerk, either temporarily or for a career. As the Industrial Revolution progressed, the economy of Britain shifted to become one of business, a growth in
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Online Lockdown Projects
clacks.gov.uk/culture/clackspast/ View deposited collections and many historical photographs from the region.  rumblingclintonline.blog Explore the diaries of Selkirk doctor John Stewart Muir (1845–1938).  bbcrewind.co.uk A collaboration between the
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The Census 1851
The grim story of the census of 1851 was the decline in the population of Ireland caused by the famine that started in 1845. Ireland saw a loss of 1,622,739 people since the 1841 census. Even this terrible figure for death and escape by immigration
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Resources
w ancestry.co.uk Transcribed versions of Jamaican parish registers can be searched on Ancestry, along with many similar collections from countries across the globe, although you need ‘Worldwide’ membership to the website to access them. Janet found t
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Letters
Email wdytyaeditorial@immediate.co.uk Write to WDYTYA? Magazine, Eagle House, Colston Avenue, Bristol BS1 4ST Being the last of my siblings living I have amassed a large quantity of family records and letters etc going back to the 1930s. Your tip
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Home Guard Records
The welcome release on Ancestry (ancestry.co.uk) of documents relating to the Lancashire Home Guard (HG) in the Second World War is good news for family historians whose relations volunteered in the county, but also helps other researchers with HG re
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Visit Us
a 84 Union Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester OL1 1DN t 0161 770 4654 w bit.ly/oldham-archives-collections Until the latest national lockdown, the archive was open six days a week from 10am, closing at 7pm on Monday and Thursday, 2pm on Tuesday, 5pm
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Five Ideas For Family Historians
Take some copies of photographs from your research, and arrange them in ways that seem to you logical and connected. Think about how the images resonate together. Choose someone key to your family history. Write eight sentences describing them, incl
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Counting House
An office where a company’s accounts and money were held, and correspondence was received – the term is first recorded in the mid-15th century 20,000 The number of commercial clerks listed in the 1841 census; the occupation became much more popular
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Who’s Your Hero?
Share your family hero with us and they could appear in the magazine! Each month we’ll award our favourite a year’s Pro subscription to findmypast.co.uk worth £159.99. Please write to us at the address on page 6 or email wdytyaeditorial@ immediate
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Dudley Watkins 1907—1969
Born in Manchester to a lithographer and his wife, Dudley Dexter Watkins grew up in Nottingham and studied at the Nottingham School of Art. He moved to Dundee and joined DC Thomson in 1925 where, to quote Paul Gravett and Peter Stanbury’s Great Briti
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Archives In Lockdown
The first UK lockdown began in March 2020, enforcing the mass closure of libraries, museums and archives. The restrictions have provided archives with a unique opportunity to focus on the kinds of behind-the-scenes work often forced aside by us pesky
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Newspapers
Newspapers can offer all kinds of information that is unavailable elsewhere. Snippets can vary from simple birth, marriage and death notices, to classified ads and other advertisements, and newsworthy events such as civic celebrations, strikes and di
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Contributors
Writing our ‘Around Britain’ section for years has given Jonathan lots of contacts in the industry. On page 19 he talks to archivists about their experiences during lockdown. Rebecca is the author of Marriage Law for Genealogists and has appeared on
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Joan Skillicorn/‘j Carmen Smith’, Chasing Shadows
Growing up in Liverpool, Joan was never told anything about her mother’s Spanish roots. “When I was young any hint of foreignness was frowned upon,” she says, “but when I was getting older I wanted to know this other half of my identity.” In 2000 Joa
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