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Skeletons found at New Covent Garden Market reveal harsh reality of life in 19th century London

As family historians we should always think about the social conditions that our ancestors lived in and the times that shaped their lives.

For that reason it is fascinating to read in the Evening Standard about the skeletons that have been discovered while work is going on at New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms. The human remains reveal what life was like for these people. The paper explains that they lived between 1830 and 1850 when mass industrialisation and expansion of the railways were taking place and thier bones reveal something of the lives they would have had.

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Discover Your Ancestors Bookazine on Special Offer

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TheGenealogist releases 60,000 railway worker records online

TheGenealogist releases 60,000 railway worker records.

  • More than 60,000 railway workers have been added to the Occupational Records on TheGenealogist

  • Find details of railway ancestors, where they were employed and what they did

  • Trace your railway worker ancestor’s careers through their promotions

  • Discover when they retired

  • Read obituaries

The Genealogist has added over 60,000 rail workers to its online indexes of Railway Employment Records. Taken from Railway Company Staff magazines these records are useful to family historians with railway employee ancestors, wanting to find important occupation related dates and add some social history to their family tree. These records include such details as staff changes, promotions, pension records, retirements and obituaries. Often additional personal information is revealed in the magazines. In some cases you can read about gifts from co-workers given when rail staff leave.

Search TheGenealogist for Railway WorkersFor example, we can discover that Mr A.N.Train had been a Station Master at Whitdale and Sigglesthorne, stations that today are converted into private houses sitting as they do on lines closed under Beeching’s cuts in the 1960s. The railwayman’s details have been extracted from his obituary in the British Railways Magazine of November 1949 Vol 2 No 11. We can learn such useful details as his retirement date, as well as the date that Mr Train passed away at the age of 79.

One click takes us to an image of the original page on which the record is based.

Railway Staff Magazines on TheGenealogist

There is also a great article on their website where you can also do a search for your railway ancestors:


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Discover Your Ancestors online magazine for February

The latest edition of Discover Your Ancestors, the online family history magazine, is out and it makes for some  very interesting reading. Articles this month include: The sweet smell of history: Jayne Shrimpton sniffs out the interesting social history of perfume A rogue in the records: Gill Hoffs on a convict who made his fortune in the goldfields of Australia, only to lose it again The Mulberry madam: Another convict transportation story Found in the muniments room: Melvyn Jones highlights more treasures in the archives of our great landed estates All good sports: Keith Gregson explores what can be learned about amateur sporting ancestors in online records Plying the waters: Waterborne trade in Somerset explored Calling your ancestors: Jill Morris looks at old phone books History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on raincoats Regulars: news + events / Books / Place in focus: York / Classifieds

Discover Your Ancestors February 2015

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