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Latest edition of Family History digital magazine out for May


In the May 2022 issue of Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical:

The semaphore line: Semaphore towers provided a vital means of military communication before the invention of the telegraph. Caroline Roope passes on the message
A history of swimwear: As the warmer months beckon, Jayne Shrimpton explores what our forebears donned to enjoy the water
Mistress of riddles: Nick Thorne investigates the famous author whose colourful ancestors fled France
The Victorian coffee roaster: Researching the coffee roasting industry in 19th century London exposes the risks involved in what was often a family business – risks that could end in court, as Nell Darby reveals
Times of transition: Khadija Tauseef tells the story of her grandfather, who lived through the partition of India and Pakistan and devoted his life to helping people
History in the details: Materials – cotton (part 5)

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Over 31,000 Land Tax records from 1910 released online

TheGenealogist releases over 31,000 Land Tax records from 1910

Fascinating English land tax records from the years before the First World War are being released today by TheGenealogist. Researchers are now able to search 31,394 newly added records of owners and occupiers to discover their ancestors from Merton, Mitcham, Morden and the Wimbledon areas. 


Each record is linked to clear scanned pages of the actual IR58 Field books, sourced from The National Archives, and the properties plotted onto large scale contemporary IR121 maps. These maps are digital copies of the ones used at the time by the Valuation Office of the Board of the Inland Revenue to locate each and every parcel of land in the survey taken in between 1910 and 1915. TheGenealogist’s versatile Map Explorer™ allows their Diamond subscribers to view georeferenced modern and historical layers beneath the IR121 recordset map and so discover how the roads, fields and general environment has changed over the years. 


Grazing land that would become the site of the Centre Court at Wimbledon in the following years


House historians and family history researchers alike will appreciate the ability to unearth valuable particulars about ancestors’ homes and land from these areas of south west London. They will also be able to see how similar, or even how very different the area where their ancestors lived had been at this time when compared to the map of the area today. 


Included in those records being made available today is the past and present home of the iconic tennis tournament known as the Wimbledon Championship. The researcher is able to discover that the present day Centre Court, home to the only Grand Slam tennis event still to be held on grass, had in 1910 been rural fields put to use as “Grazing Land” by its owner Lady Sarah Lane. 



The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, at the time of the survey, was then squeezed into a much smaller area of land in Wimbledon than it is today. That plot, where once the Championship played out, still plays a part in sport today albeit at a much lower level of competition.


Read TheGenealogist’s article: From Grazing Land to the Grass of Centre Court  


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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York 25 June 2022 – The Family History Show returns!

Saturday 25th June 2022 & Saturday 24th September

The Family History Show is returning to York and London!


After surveying previous attendees, over 81% were looking forward to attending a show in person. With nearly two years of not having the freedom and interaction of a physical show, we found that people were looking forward to enjoying a great day out again, listening to live talks and asking questions face-to-face to experts and exhibitors. We have had many requests to hold another show and we are only too pleased to welcome everyone back!


Help ensure the future of family history events like this by voting with your feet today.


We have the great pleasure of announcing that The Family History Show – York is making a welcome return to the Racecourse at York on Saturday 25th June 2022 and The Family History Show – London to Kempton Park on Saturday 24th September.