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Surrey Land Tax Records Now Online

TheGenealogist has released 225,395 heads of households and property owners from the 1910-1915 Lloyd George Domesday Survey, covering the county of Surrey.


This boosts its ever-growing Landowner and Occupier records from this period to a total of over 2.6 million. The coverage of these IR 58 records now includes all the boroughs of Greater London plus Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire and with this release, Surrey.


Fully searchable on TheGenealogist and added to its powerful Map Explorer™, this resource allows researchers to find ancestors’ property from all of Surrey's parishes. 


Lloyd George Domesday Survey map locating a plot linked to the record of renowned horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll on TheGenealogist


The records reveal the names of owners and occupiers of each property and can provide detailed descriptions of the numbers and types of rooms in the house, plus what it was constructed of and the extent of its garden or grounds. A great example is Munstead Wood, which we look at in our featured article below. It was described as being a detached residence built of Bargate stone, brick and tile. There was a hall, sitting room, dining room, book room, workshop, kitchen and scullery. Also noted were the store rooms, some spare rooms and offices. The residence was a four bedroom home, with another three rooms allocated as servant’s bedrooms. Covering 14 acres, this home and grounds can then be seen on the contemporary map, linked to the record, as a triangular plot outside the town of Godalming.


This extensive project has seen a long term collaboration between The National Archives and TheGenealogist to conserve and digitise these records. These Lloyd George Domesday Survey records comprise the IR 58 Field Books and their accompanying IR 121 to IR 135 Ordnance Survey maps and join the millions of records in TheGenealogist’s powerful research tool, Map Explorer™.


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


Read TheGenealogist’s article, The Strange Case of Jekyll (and Hyde) the Garden Expert, in which these records were used to find the property of a notable resident of Surrey: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2024/the-strange-case-of-jekyll-and-hyde-the-garden-expert-7431/



Get 15 months for less than the price of 12


To celebrate this latest release of the Lloyd George Domesday Records, TheGenealogist is offering readers a superb offer! You can claim their Diamond package for just £114.95, (£60 off, plus a subscription to the Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical worth £24.99) Total saving £84.95!


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://thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBLGD424 


This offer expires: 31st July 2024





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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Over 10 million individuals added to TheGenealogist’s Residential and Trade Directories Collection


This new release from TheGenealogist...


We have all delved into our family history yearning to understand the lives of our ancestors, but after we have found them in the births, marriages and death records we will often turn to the census records to discover where they lived. But what happens if you've hit a brick wall in your research, struggling to piece together the puzzle of their past because they were, somehow, not at home on census night? What resource can we turn to as a substitute?


It may be that we have found our ancestor in their home and discovered that their occupation reveals that they were a shopkeeper or small business person. What we would now like to know is where they ran their business from and discover more about the village, town or area of the city in which they worked.


The latest release from TheGenealogist contains over 10 million new individuals recorded in directories from the first two decades of the 20th Century*. This virtual bookshelf stacked with volumes from the early 1900s to 1929 includes publications from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland.

These directories are filled with listings of people, their addresses and details of the places they lived in. Other directories list businesses and offer a fascinating glimpse into ancestors from this time. 

Harris & Co can be found in the Hampshire directories on TheGenealogist

You can use these records to discover the street address of your great-grandfather or their shop/business, perhaps learn where your great-grandmother practised her dressmaking trade from, or find the names of your ancestors' neighbours in the street listings. These directories will also reveal any listings of official positions that they may have held in charities, societies, local administration, etc., or even unearth your ancestor's telephone number!

With some books you can read topographical details about the village, town or city in which your ancestor lived. This will give you a better feel for what their area was like at the time that your forebears lived there.



Better than 50% off!

To celebrate this latest release, TheGenealogist is offering its 12 months Diamond Package for just £98.95 – that’s over 50% off!

To find out more and claim the offer, visit: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/MGBDIR424

Expires on 12th May 2024.

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

This includes the following:-
Subscription to Discover Your Ancestors Online Magazine (Worth £24.99)
Discover Your Ancestors' Occupations by Laura Berry (Worth £9.95)
Researching and Locating Your Ancestors by Celia Heritage (Worth £9.95)
Regional Research Guidebook by Andrew Chapman (Worth £9.95)
Discover Your Ancestors Periodical Compendium Volume 1 (Worth £9.95)

Total Savings: £105.79



Read TheGenealogist’s article, More than just an address:



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The National Archives to have a new Chief Executive and Keeper


This post on The National Archives' website is announcing their new CEO and Keeper


Saul Nassé has been appointed by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport as Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives and will take up the post at the end of July. He takes over from Dr Jeff James who has led The National Archives successfully since 2014.

Saul Nassé is a Fellow of Robinson College, University of Cambridge and former Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, the University’s examinations business.  In his eight years with the organisation, he developed new digital propositions, grew international reach, and deepened engagement with teams around the world.

Previously, Saul held leadership roles at the BBC both in the UK and India.  As Controller, BBC Learning, he led the teams that commissioned and produced educational content, such as Bitesize and Domesday Reloaded.

Andrew Wathey, Chair of The National Archives Board said:

‘I am excited to welcome Saul Nassé as the next Chief Executive and Keeper at The National Archives. He brings a wealth of leadership experience in a variety of high-profile roles, and a deep commitment to The National Archives and to the enormous potential presented by archives in a digital age.  He will be an excellent ambassador for The National Archives, building on the organisation’s successes as we take forward our vision Archives for Everyone.  I very much look forward to working with him.’

About his appointment, Saul said:

‘The National Archives is an extraordinary institution, preserving the records of the nation and enriching the lives of individual citizens.  It’s a privilege to be asked to be the next Chief Executive and Keeper, and I look forward to working with the team, the board and colleagues across the worlds of archives and culture.  I believe that together we can truly create archives for everyone, enhancing the impact of the collections in the future.’

Further information on The National Archives here.

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