Blog 2018-01-31T20:19:18+00:00
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Visit Churchill’s Britain

February 19th, 2018|

Many people (myself included) consider Winston Churchill to be one of the greatest ever Englishmen. He successfully led the country through one of the worst crises it had ever faced; the Second World War. [...]

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Find Your English & Welsh Rural Ancestors with Tithe Maps

February 16th, 2018|

Most of us have 19th Century rural ancestors, usually agricultural labourers working on farms. We may also have ancestors that owned or rented some land. If this is the case and if you have [...]

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10 Great Scottish Genealogy Research Books

February 15th, 2018|

Good Scottish genealogy research is much more than finding vital records and census returns at Scotland’s People. Scotland has a rich history and there are many sources of information to help the family historian [...]

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How to Find Irish Parish Registers

February 13th, 2018|

Following on from my earlier posts looking at Irish civil registration and Irish censuses, today I’m going to look at Irish Parish Registers. Unlike in Scotland where almost all church records (Established and Roman Catholic) [...]

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How to find Irish Censuses

February 11th, 2018|

This post is another in a series looking at Irish genealogy records and follows on from my recent one about civil registration. I know from personal experience how difficult it is researching Irish ancestry as [...]

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The Beatles in London

February 8th, 2018|

Like many people throughout the World, I love the music of The Beatles. I was too young to see them live in the 1960s, but I started buying their records in the 1970s and [...]

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Britain’s Interesting Places: St Ives

February 7th, 2018|

This is part of a series looking at Britain’s interesting places not normally visited by tourists.  There are two towns in England called St. Ives, the most well known is probably the fishing town [...]

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How to Find Free Irish Vital Records

February 3rd, 2018|

If you have Irish ancestors, you’ve probably noticed that it is not that easy finding them. At least it’s not as easy as finding Scottish, English or Welsh ancestors. The main reason for this [...]

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Was Your Ancestor a Suffragette?

February 1st, 2018|

2018 marks 100 years since women won the right to vote in the United Kingdom. To celebrate that fact, FindMyPast UK has free access to British Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records until 8th [...]

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Useful Resources for Genealogists

January 27th, 2018|

Please check out our new resources for genealogists section where you can find useful things to help you with your research. Click on the links below to go to the relevant pages: Genealogy Links Links [...]

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Explore London Underground’s Amazing Architecture

January 26th, 2018|

The London Underground is the oldest subway system in the World; the stretch of what is now the Hammersmith & City Line between Paddington and Farringdon opened in 1863. Over the years the system [...]

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5 Interesting Day Trips from London

January 21st, 2018|

London is a great city with plenty to see, but there are loads of other amazing places to visit outside of the capital and many of them can be reached within an [...]

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Online British Newspapers

January 18th, 2018|

British newspapers are an incredibly useful resource for genealogists as well as other historians researching the UK and Ireland. If you are looking for your British roots or investigating British history, then [...]

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10 Great English Cottage Books

January 16th, 2018|

There is nothing cosier than an English cottage in my view, especially a really old one with a thatched roof. Here are some books that celebrate that feeling; looking at the style, the food [...]

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Visit Peterborough in 2018 and celebrate the Cathedral’s 900th Birthday

January 15th, 2018|

England is a compact country stuffed full of history. So any history enthusiast visiting is really spoilt for choice when considering places to see in England. A destination often overlooked [...]

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Things to do in London outside the Downtown Area

January 14th, 2018|

You’ve seen Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the museums and galleries etc, all the usual suspects. But what else is there [...]

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