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Dirty old London Death in the city: the grisly secrets of dealing with Victorian London's dead

Death in the city: the grisly problem of dealing with Victorian London's dead.

The Guardian published an abridged extract online back in 2015 taken from Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth, by Lee Jackson – published by Yale University Press 2014 (RRP £20), and available from the Guardian Bookshop for £16. It is of interest to family history researchers when considering the social history of the times that our forebears lived.

The book considers the challenges posed by waste and pollution in 19th-century London and, in particular, why the Victorians left their capital notoriously filthy.  At this time churchyards were becoming full as burial was still the norm for our British ancestors. With an ever increasing number of corpses to cater for, as the city's population grew, coffins were stacked one on top of the other.

The extract explains: "For the middle- and upper-classes, one answer was to remove their dead to commercial “garden cemeteries”, spacious parks built in the semi-rural suburbs, such as Kensal Green (opened in 1832) and Highgate (1839). Such places, however, were well beyond the means of the urban poor."

Read the full extract here: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/jan/22/death-city-grisly-secrets-victorian-london-dead?fbclid=IwAR1TSKpIqk5puiMI3lPv23vSUJzA-NRg0a-4mmZSDK9_LiRfoHXZXdggP3E

Highgate Cemetery from TheGenealogist's Image Archive

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New School and University Registers on TheGenealogist

As children go back to school, TheGenealogist has just released a diverse batch of school and university records to join its ever growing education collection. 

 

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments between the 1830s and 1930s. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons, deans, visitors, professors and masters in the case of universities and the principals and governors in the case of schools.

 

 

Use these records to add colour to a family story and glean important information from the biographical details to use in further research.

 

The list of records included in this release are:

  • St. Lawrence College Ramsgate Register, 1879 to 1911
  • Upper Canada College Address List 1829-1929
  • The Report Of The President Of Queen's College Belfast 1896-1897
  • The Glenalmond Register 1847-1929
  • Clifton College Register 1862-1912
  • Edinburgh Institution 1832-1932
  • King Williams College Register 1833-1904
  • The Bradfield College Register 1850-1923
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1915
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1916
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1917
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1918
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1919
  • Isle of Man, King William's College Register 1833-1927
  • Ireland, The Campbell College Register 1894-1938
  • Eton College, Easter 1862
  • Keble College Register, 1870-1925
  • Rathmines School Roll, 1858-1899
  • Charterhouse Register 1911-1920 Vol. III
  • Cheltenham College Register 1841-1927
  • Alumni Carthusiani, 1614-1872

This expands our extensive education records collection.

 

Read our article: 

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/find-ancestors-in-education-records-1180/

 

These records and many more are available to subscribers of TheGenealogist.co.uk

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New Lloyd George Domesday Records and Maps released for Tower Hamlets

TheGenealogist has just released the Lloyd George Domesday Survey records for Tower Hamlets which cover land owners and occupiers in 1910-1915 with over 91,500 individuals recorded. These now join the previously released data books and their detailed associated maps for other parts of London, bringing the total number to nearly half a million individuals within this record set. 

 

This new release is the latest phase of TheGenealogist’s extensive ongoing project to digitise over 94,500 Field Books, each having hundreds of pages, and linking them to large scale IR121 annotated OS maps which are now viewable in TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer tool.

 

The records, which are sourced from The National Archives, were originally compiled by the Valuation Office in a period that stretched from 1910-1915 in response to Lloyd George’s government passing the People’s Budget 1909/1910. 

 

This new release covers records made of property ownership and occupation in Bethnal Green East, Bethnal Green North, Bethnal Green South, Bethnal Green West, Bow, Bromley, Christchurch, Limehouse, Mile End Centre, Mile End East, Mile End New Town, Mile End North, Mile End South West, Norton Folgate, Old Artillery Ground, Poplar North, Poplar South, Ratcliff, Saint Botolph without Aldgate, Saint George in the East, Shadwell, Wapping and Whitechapel.

 

Coutts Lane identified by TheGenealogist’s map explorer showing the plot on Lloyd George Domesday map

 

Family historians can use these records to:

  • Find ancestors who owned or occupied property in the Tower Hamlets area of London
  • See the outlines of their houses on large scale maps from the time
  • Fade between historic and modern maps to see how the environment has changed
  • Check details of properties in the neighbourhood by clicking the red pins
  • Locate an address from your research down to a specific house on the map
  • Search by name, parish and street to uncover ancestors’ property in 1910-1915

 

Complementing the maps on TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer are the accompanying Field Books which provide detailed information relative to the valuation of each property, including the valuation assessment number, map reference, owner, occupier, situation, description and extent.

 

For family historians looking for ancestors’ homes just before the First World War in the Tower Hamlets area of London this recordset is invaluable. 

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article: 

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/finding-your-london-ancestors-in-the-1910-land-tax-records-1176/

 

About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

 About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ 

 

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The Family History Show - London Saturday 22nd September THIS WEEKEND

The Family History Show, London is attracting exhibitors and family history societies from all over the UK.

THIS SATURDAY!   22 August 2019 Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher


You don't have to have London Ancestors to come to this fair - they can be from anywhere in the country! Everyone is very welcome and there will be lots to see. There is plenty of parking and refreshments are available all day.

Tickets will be £8.00 at the door.

Buy your tickets in advance online and save! Get Two Tickets for £10!

You will also get a FREE goody bag on entry worth over £8!

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/tickets/


There will also be free talks running throughout the day.

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/

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New Searchable Headstones released online

TheGenealogist has just released nearly 60,000 new individuals on Headstones from another 61 churchyards and cemeteries. This means that there are now a total of over 174,500 individuals that are fully searchable in TheGenealogist’s Headstone collection which has examples from across England, Scotland and Wales as well as Jersey in the Channel Islands, Cyprus and India.

 

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

  • 60,000 individuals recorded on Headstones 
  • churchyards and cemeteries from various parts of England and Wales
  • use the Map Explorer to see the location of cemeteries in and around an ancestor’s town



The headstone of Herbert, Ist Baron Austin (Founder of Austin Motor Company) in Lickey Churchyard

 

This release covers the burial grounds at the following: 

Anglesey, St Tysilio; Atcham, St Eata; Badger, St Giles; Belbroughton, Holy Trinity; Betws-y-Coed; Bishops Wood, St John; Blymhill, St Mary; Boningale, St Chad; Bristol, St Paul; Buckhorn Weston, St John; Bylchau, St Thomas; Capel Garmon; Cofton Hackett, St Michael & All Angels; Dolwyddelan, St Gwyddelan; East Orchard, St Thomas; East Stour, Christ Church; Edgerton Cemetery; Frankley, St Leonard; Gwytherin, St Winefride; Harlow, St Mary Little Parndon; Harlow, St Mary Magdalene; Heanton Punchardon, St Augs; Henllan, St Sadwrn; Ince, St James; Iwerne Courtney; Lickey Parish Church; Lickey Rose Hill; Llanedwen; Llanfair Talhaiarn; LLangernyw Capel Garnedd; Llangernyw, St Digain; Llanrwst Seion Methodist Chapel; Llanrwst, St Mary; Llansannan Capel Coffa; Llansannan, St Sannan; Llanwrst, St Grwst; Long Crichel, St Mary; Marnhull Cemetery; Marnhull, Our Lady; Meltham, St James; Newborough, St Peter; Penistone, St John; Penmachno Capel; Penmachno, St Tudclud; Pensford, St Thomas a Becket; Pentrefoelas Church; Publow All Saints; Purse Caundle, St Peter; Rhydymwyn, St John; Santon Downham, St Mary; Shillingstone, Holy Rood; Tal-y-Bont Capel; Tisbury Cemetery; Todber, St Andrew; Trefnant Holy Trinity; Trefriw, St Mary; Tyn-y-Groes; West Orchard, St Luke; Wilton, St Mary & St Nicholas; Wroxeter, St Andrew; Ysbyty Ifan, St John

 

These fully searchable records are transcribed from images of the headstone memorials. This latest release from TheGenealogist covers many parts of the UK, the images and the transcriptions being provided by volunteers working for the UKIndexer projects which rewards those who wish to photograph, transcribe or do both with credits to pay for genealogy books, software, online subscriptions and more. 

 

Read our article on the UKIndexer Volunteers find Family History:

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/volunteers-find-family-history-rewarding-1146/

 

These records released today are available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist as part of the Deaths and Burials Records collection.

 

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Daniel Radcliffe's Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1 9:00 Monday 22 July 2019

Can't wait to see the first episode of the much loved Who Do You Think You Are? UK series when it returns this evening!

Featuring Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe's ancestors it should be great viewing.

 

There is a good article we have found here but be warned, if you intend to watch the programme this contains spoilers!

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/who-do-you-think-you-are/daniel-radcliffe-1132/

 

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Over 500,000 Place names added to the List of Historic Welsh Place Names

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk) has recently announced that The List of Historic Welsh Place Names has been added to with 515,902 place names, after it received data from the Cynefin Project from the National Library of Wales at the end of last year. The number of names it now holds is 660,000. 

Read more here:

https://rcahmw.gov.uk/list-of-historic-welsh-place-names-now-over-660000-records