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Implications of Hardwicke's Marriage Act Online talk

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, 22 February 2024 at 14:00 

The Society of Genealogist's are presenting an online talk:

 

Implications of Hardwicke's Marriage Act in Genealogical Research with John Wintrip (1-hour talk)

This talk is about marriage (in England and Wales) from a genealogical perspective in the period from the Restoration (1660) to the introduction of Civil Registration (1837), with particular reference to the implications of Hardwicke's Marriage Act of 1753. Topics to be discussed include: Anglican canon law in relation to marriage; why an Act of Parliament was thought necessary; marriage registers before and after the Act (which did not require the introduction of printed registers as is commonly supposed); the content of marriage entries before and after the Act, including variations in what was recorded; the recording of consent in relation to marriages of minors; how did the newly married bride sign the register in the period from 1754 to 1837?; where were marriages supposed to take place and where did they take place in practice?; changes resulting from George Rose's Act of 1812.

 

Zoom talk by John Wintrip, expert in initiatives for the improvement of parish registers.

Book your place now: https://members.sog.org.uk/events/64873549b5c4c50008caab4a/description?ticket=64873549b5c4c50008caab4c

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Thousands of new records added to TheGenealogist and its powerful Map Explorer™

Over 140,000 names from War Memorial records released, plus thousands of Image Archive pictures pinned onto georeferenced maps

TheGenealogist has just added 142,861 new individuals to their War Memorial collection, bringing the total number of fully searchable War Memorial Records on TheGenealogist to over 1,688,000.

 

These fully searchable records have been transcribed with their location plotted on Map Explorer™ so you can find the names of ancestors who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Lt. William Bruce VC on the war memorial in Lerwick, Shetland Islands

 

These War Memorials, from a variety of places in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, can be used to find ancestors and reveal organisations, churches, towns and communities that they had belonged to. 

  • War Memorials provide us with links to a community, village, town or area
  • Workplace memorials reveal where ancestors may have worked in civilian life 
  • Organisation monuments and plaques honour their lost members
  • Past pupils and staff of schools or universities reveal connections with the institution
  • Names in a church or other places of worship tell us about religious affiliation

TheGenealogist has transcribed the details from these memorials and then pinned their location to maps on their powerful Map Explorer™; this allows researchers to see where the places connected to their ancestors are.

 

Also released this week are thousands of extra historical pictures added to TheGenealogist’s Image Archive. These often fascinating and atmospheric drawings and historic photographs have also been geolocated with pins on the Map Explorer™. Having found an ancestor’s address in a record such as the census and seeing it located on the map, researchers can then view pictures of the neighbourhood as it had once looked when our ancestors lived there. 

 

Central YMCA Canteen, Tottenham Court Road

 

TheGenealogist has boosted this resource with the addition of some great locational views, including over one thousand beautiful engravings for places of interest in the capital from Old and New London by Edward Walford. There are now over 12,000 geolocated images viewable on Map Explorer™.

 

TheGenealogist has used this resource in a new case study, Looking at the Past Through Our Ancestors’ Eyes, which you can read here: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2024/looking-at-the-past-through-our-ancestors-eyes-6949/ 

 

 


 

 

Save Over 50% on TheGenealogist's Diamond Personal Premium Package

To celebrate this latest release, TheGenealogist is offering its Diamond Personal Premium Package for only £98.95 a saving over 50%.

This offer includes a lifetime discount! Your subscription will renew at the same discounted price every year you stay with them.

To find out more and claim the offer, visit: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBWMI224

This offer expires at the end of 10th May 2024

 

 

 


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This Saturday - The Family History Show, Online is back!

 

Press Release

The Family History Show, Online returns on Saturday, February 10th, at the end of this week!

We are excited to welcome you to The Family History Show, Online this week!

With talks and all the features of a physical family history show, this virtual event can be easily accessed from wherever you are in the world without having to leave home.

The Family History Show, Online organised by Discover Your Ancestors magazine, will give participants the opportunity to put their research questions to an expert, watch free talks and speak to family history societies, archives and genealogical suppliers by text, audio, video chat or email from the comfort of their own home.

Make a date in your diary and snap up an early bird ticket now for only £7! You'll also get a downloadable goody bag worth over £10.

Featuring a range of interesting talks

This year’s show features the following talks:

  • Donna Rutherford – Get the most out of your DNA test using GEDmatch. 
  • Nick Barratt Behind the Scenes of Who Do You Think You Are? 
  • Jackie Depelle – Out and About - In the Name of Family History.
  • Keith Gregson – Walking in the Footsteps of our Ancestors.
  • Nick Thorne – Tracing the History of a House Through Time. 

 

Book a free one-to-one session with one of our speakers or AGRA experts

With hundreds of bookable slots available, get your ticket today and have one of our experts help you break down a brick wall.

Societies, Archives and Companies

 

 

Visit exhibitors, societies, archives, and companies in our virtual exhibition hall. You can talk to some of the stallholders by text, audio, or video from the comfort of your own home.

Early Bird Ticket Offer

Buy your tickets in advance and save – tickets to attend The Family History Show Online are available from the website at just £7.00 each. You will also get a FREE virtual goody bag on the day worth over £10. thefamilyhistoryshow.com/online/tickets/

 

For those who are looking forward to our in-person events. See us at the 2024 Family History Shows in the Midlands (March 16th), York (22nd June) and London (5th October).

 

Visit thefamilyhistoryshow.com to find out more.

 

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Look up your ancestors in these newly released Historical Directories

Over 5 million individuals have been added to TheGenealogist’s Residential and Trade Directories Collection, helping you discover your ancestors, their addresses, and their occupations back to 1744.

The new records cover England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands, along with some from as far afield as America, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa, thus adding an international flavour to this release. 

 

Dating from 1744 to 1899, the directories in this addition to TheGenealogist are a useful finding aid for ancestors' names, addresses, and occupations and can offer contemporary details of where your past family lived.

 

If a forebear had a business, then the commercial listings in the directory could help find where an ancestor may have worked.

 

Early Directories can also be useful for finding the addresses of residents before the census, reveal the railways that may have served the area and to find other communications links to nearby towns. With this information, those who may have ‘lost’ an ancestor may make an educated guess of where a person may have moved to live in the past. 

 

These directory publications can also be a great complement to a census record, as the topographical information can flesh out an ancestor’s area for the researcher. 

 

In the case of a head of the household, we may be able to find an address different from that recorded in other records such as the decennial census. This may help fill in the gaps of where a stray ancestor moved to between the census counts.

 

Complete Access for Under £10 a Month!

To celebrate this latest release, TheGenealogist is offering its four-month Diamond package for just £39.95 – that’s less than £10 a month! 

To find out more and claim the offer, visit: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBDIR124

This offer expires at the end of 9th February 2024.

 


 



Read TheGenealogist’s article: An important resource in tracing ancestors and the man behind the popular Kelly's Directories.

 

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2012/an-introduction-to-directories-43/



About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, which puts 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 and 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!

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The Ministry of Justice and the destruction of post-1858 wills

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has proposed to digitise the post-1858 wills collection of England and Wales, which is fine. However, they then suggest that they would then destroy the originals, citing heavy storage costs as the reason for doing this. The 32-page consultation document, issued on 15 December, on the storage and retention of original will documents may be read here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/65703ecb0f12ef07a53e02b9/storage-retention-original-will-documents-print.pdf

This has caused a lot of negative reaction in the family history community and many of us have been signing the petition here:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/654081

 

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TheGenealogist updates the 1939 Register with over 389,600 new records

The latest 1939 Register update has now been released by TheGenealogist.

More than 389,600 new individuals have been added after being opened in accordance with the 100-year rule and open requests submitted by the public. This now means we can search for even more of our ancestors from this period and see where they lived using the powerful mapping tools that TheGenealogist has a reputation for providing. 

 

As these records are linked to pins on TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™, a tool that allows you to view both historical and modern maps, family historians are able to explore the neighbourhood where their forebears lived as WW2 broke out.

 

Actor and director Richard Attenborough’s record in the 1939 Register is included in the release. His family home, College House, Leicester, is shown as a linked pin on TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™

 

Map Explorer™ will often be able to show the location of properties from 1939 down to the actual building in many cases and at least to the thoroughfare or parish. This makes it a great tool for the family historian to use to find where their forebears lived at this time.

 

House historians will also be excited to discover that TheGenealogist’s version of the 1939 Register can also be searched from a plot on a map to find who lived there in 1939. This turns the search on its head - as well as being able to look for where a person lived, you can also search for who lived at a property. You can even use Map Explorer to browse the map from house to house to see who lived there, a feature that can only be found on TheGenealogist.

 

With more precise mapping features, there are some very compelling reasons to search the 1939 Register on TheGenealogist. 

  • Unique and powerful search tools and SmartSearch technology offer a uniquely flexible way to look for your ancestors

  • Use Map Explorer to explore an area in 1939 and see how it changed over time

  • Break down your brick walls when searching using keywords, such as the individual’s occupation or date of birth

  • Search for an address and then jump straight to the household, or if you are struggling to find a family, you can even search using as many of their forenames as you know

  • SmartSearch technology enables you to discover even more about a person by linking to their Birth, Marriage and Death Records

 


 

12 Month Diamond Package Only £109.95

To celebrate this latest release, TheGenealogist is offering readers of this blog a 12 Month Diamond package for just £109.95, a Saving of Over £64!

This offer comes with a Lifetime Discount, meaning you’ll pay the same discounted price every time your subscription renews.

To find out more and claim the offer, visit: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBREG124

This offer expires at the end of 12th April 2024.

 


 

 

See TheGenealogist’s article: Updated 1939 Register reveals schoolboy Richard ‘Dickie’ Attenborough on a University Campus in Leicester. https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2024/1939-register-reveals-schoolboy-dickie-attenborough-on-a-university-campus-in-leicester-6924/ 



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!

 

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Go behind the scenes at The National Archives

EVENTS NEWS:

Behind the Scenes Tours of The National Archives

  • Thursday 25 January 2024, 15:30
  • Thursday 15 February 2024, 15:30
  • Thursday 21 March 2024, 15:30

The National Archives are opening the doors of their repositories to offer you the chance to go behind the scenes.

Discover how they keep and maintain the record for future generations and explore some of the hidden gems in their collections.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/behind-the-scenes-tours-january-to-march-tickets-763441543207

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1910s Northamptonshire Property Records and Maps Launched Online

 

Over 170,000 searchable property records have been released

 

TheGenealogist has just added to its ever-growing Landowner and Occupier records with the release of more than 170,000 individual heads of households and property owners in Northamptonshire.

 

Covering 345 parishes that were surveyed in the years between 1910-1915 for the Inland Revenue Valuation Office, these records are a fantastic tool for family, house or social historians to use.

 

The project has seen years of collaboration between The National Archives and TheGenealogist in conserving and digitising these records. Comprising the IR 58 Field Books and accompanying IR 121 to IR 135 Ordnance Survey maps, they join the millions of records in TheGenealogist’s powerful research tool, Map Explorer™.

 

TheGenealogist now has over 2.4 Million records from The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. The coverage is rapidly expanding and currently includes all the boroughs of Greater London plus Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, and Middlesex, as well as the newly added parishes from Northamptonshire*.

 

[IR126 OS map of Northampton as used for the Lloyd George Domesday Survey, transitioning to a modern-day satellite image in Map Explorer™]

 

      Uncover individual properties with precision on the highly detailed 1910-1915 maps of the Lloyd George Domesday Survey, zoomable to the exact plot or building

      Discover information about ancestral homes from surveyors' field books, often unveiling details like the size and number of rooms

      Explore the surroundings of your ancestors by examining maps that reveal features of the neighbourhood they lived in

      Utilise TheGenealogist's Master Search or click on pins in the powerful Map Explorer™ for a seamless search experience

      Map Explorer™ allows you to see the transformation of areas over time by overlaying historic maps onto modern street maps, providing a unique perspective on changes

      Stay tuned as the project expands, covering the entirety of England & Wales

 

Visit thegenealogist.co.uk/1910Survey for more information.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article in which these records were used to find the property of a notable Northamptonian

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2023/drilling-down-in-the-northampton-land-tax-records-discovers-the-home-of-an-eminent-geologist-6901/

 


Save Over 55%

 

To celebrate this latest release of the Lloyd George Domesday Records, TheGenealogist is offering readers of Newsletters, blogs, etc. a superb Christmas Offer! You can claim their £222 Diamond package for just £98.95, a Saving of Over 55%

 

This offer comes with a Lifetime Discount, meaning you’ll pay the same discounted price every time your subscription renews.

 

To find out more and claim the offer, visit: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBLGD1223

 

 


 

 

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Online Workshop - The Maternal Line

News:

The Society of Genealogist is holding an online workshop called:

The Maternal Line with Janet Few.

An opportunity to look at your maternal line in a new way, with suggestions for discovering and considering the females in your family tree. The workshop will encourage you to recall and record information about your direct female line (your mother, her mother and so on) and set the lives of these female ancestors in the context of the social history of their time.

 

Wednesday, 6 December 2023 19:30-21:00

For more information go to: https://members.sog.org.uk/events

About the speaker: Dr. Janet Few is an experienced family, social and community historian who has presented throughout the UK, overseas and at sea. She has written several books of interest to genealogists and contributes to local and family history journals. She also writes historical fiction. Working as an historical interpreter, Janet spends time living in the seventeenth century as her alter ego, Mistress Agnes. You can read her very interesting blog, ‘the history interpreter’ online. Janet manages Swords and Spindles, a company providing living history presentations. Janet is currently serving as the President of the Family History Federation. She is heavily involved in the work of family history societies and was awarded the Society of Genealogists' Certificate of Recognition in 2020 for her work. 

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Remembering the fallen with more than 1.6 million newly released records

 

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, when we remember the two world wars and later conflicts, TheGenealogist is marking Armistice Day by adding to its collection of Military records.

 

This release of over 40,000 Rolls of Honour, over 65,000 Medal awards and over 1.5 Million War Memorial Records significantly adds to the suite of fully searchable Military records on this family history website.

 

The new War Memorials can be searched from the TheGenealogist’s Master Search or by locating the memorial on the georeferenced maps displayed on their Map Explorer™, which also lets you search the area around where your ancestor lived.

 


[Attack on a Merchantman by Enemy Submarines]

 

For those with ancestors who were mariners and served in the Merchant Navy or Fishing Fleets, the Rolls of Honour and Medal Awards from The National Archives Series BT 339 will be especially poignant. 

 

The Rolls of Honour name the deceased and missing-presumed-dead from the ranks of the merchant marine fleets and fishing trawler crews who were employed on minesweeping and patrol duties during World War II (1939-1945) and further years up to 1953.

 

The list of Medal Awards from 1866 to 1970 includes Mercantile Mariners recognised for gallantry and service. Among these honours is the Albert Medal, initially awarded for saving lives at sea.

 

Additionally, the Mercantile Marine Officers Nominal List 1916-1920 records recipients of the Order of the British Empire, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Service Medal, along with issues of the London Gazette listing many other medals (such as the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal and Commendations) citing the deeds of gallantry these Mercantile Marines performed. The images of these records include the details of these deeds, some of which reveal intriguing stories of shipwrecks, shark attacks and gallant heroes.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s feature article: Rolls of Honour for Unsung Heroes of the Rolling Sea

 

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2023/rolls-of-honour-reveal-unsung-heroes-of-the-rolling-sea-6860/

 

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