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January 2023 Edition of Discover Your Ancestors on sale!

In this January 2023 issue of the Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical:

Reading the past: Rachel Bates introduces the subject of palaeography, with a guide to reading secretary hand in particular

Revisiting Bowton's Yard: Denise Bates investigates where fact and fiction meet in this well-known working-class ballad

The disappearance of Florence Harris: Nell Darby tells a sad story of hardship and mental illness in Edwardian England

Suffragette and socialist: Lorraine Schofield tells the story of an extraordinary ordinary wife and mother, Hannah Mitchell

Cautionary tales: Nick Thorne recounts a series of unfortunate events in the life of a literary man

History in the details: Materials – fur (part 1)

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Map of Scots women accused of witchcraft published online

The Scotsman, Scotland's national newspaper has published an article about a new map that  allows people to track more than 3,000 Scots women who had been accused of being witches in the 16th and 17th Century.

The interactive document has been created by data experts at the University of Edinburgh.

Read the rest of the details on The Scotsman's website


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The Nineteenth Century through the reigning monarch's eyes

Queen Victoria's Journals

For those of us researching our ancestors the finding of a diary written by an ancestor would indeed be a red-letter-day.

For those of us researching our ancestors the finding of a diary written by an ancestor would indeed be a red-letter-day.

Not many of us are lucky enough to have access to such a resource. But in its absence we can read contemporary newspapers and magazines to get an understanding for the social influences on their world and what was happening around them.

Also of interest, to those researching the Victorian period, will be the journals written by the reigning monarch as they provide seven decades of royal history. Queen Victoria's Journals have been made available online in a partnership between ProQuest, the Royal Archives and the Bodleian Libraries. The result are high-resolution, colour images of every surviving volume of Queen Victoria's journals from her first entry in 1832 to close to her death in 1901.


Tracing the Victorian period through the eye's of the Queen this resource reflects the changes taking place in the nineteenth century as seen by Victoria herself.

Read more: http://www.queenvictoriasjournals.org/home.do

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