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  • Broadcasting, Theatre and Entertainment

    This page gathers together resources for finding out about people involved in the acting profession, as well as musicians and dancers, and their way of life.

    It includes links to resources which may help you to follow their careers.
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  • Evacuation and Evacuees

    At the start of the Second World War many thousands of children were taken from their homes, schools and parents and evacuated to towns and villages less likely to be affected by the war. The evacuation of children was not obligatory, but thought the sensible thing to do. ...
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  • Crime and Punishment

    Punishments were severe in previous times and even very small crimes could be punished by death or transportation. This page will tell you where to find resources for tracking down your ancestors who may have turned to crime to support their families or were caught and tried for more serious offences. ...
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  • The Police

    The Police

    This page is a collection of resources specifically for tracking down the career of your ancestors who served in the police forces of the British Isles.

    If you want to find out about the legal system or look for court records you should go to:

    FTF Guide: Crime and Punishment

    FTF Guide: The English Legal System and English Law

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  • Medical Professions

    Medical Professions

    This page contains a variety of resources to enable you to find out about your ancestors who were involved in the medical professions, especially nursing.

    There are many suggestions and addresses which may help you track down their employment history.
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  • Medical Terms and Diseases

    A useful page for identifying of what your ancestor died when you receive the all important death certificate. ...
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  • Farming and Agriculture

    In the 18th and early 19th century the vast majority of the population worked in agriculture, so it is rare not to find your ancestors working on the land during this period!

    This page gives you an idea of how their lives were organised.
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  • Transport: Canals and Waterways

    On this page, we have a collection of online resources which are available for you to find out about your ancestors who lived and worked on and around inland waterways and docklands.

    The article includes links to resources which might lead you to finding your own ancestors.
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  • The English Legal System and English Law

    This page has a large collection of resources which together explain the history of the British legal system from the early manorial courts to the present day.

    Courts were not only responsible for the delivery of punishment, but also dealt with land disputes, divorce and other legal arguments.
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  • Inns and Public Houses

    Many of us find victuallers, innkeepers and publicans listed in census returns.

    The resources on this page may help you to find out more about the public house or inn that your ancestor ran or lodged in.
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  • General Historical Resources
    by Caroline
    Our ancestors (like us) were shaped by the world they lived in and the sudden movement of a family, for example, from their birthplace to another part of the country could be explained by what was happening in the wider world.

    The resources in this section will help you to find out about the history of the times in which your ancestors lived. Where possible, they have been grouped together in separate articles. A miscellany of resources can be found on this page.

    The Family...
    07-03-20, 10:41
  • Glass & Bottlemaking: Occupations
    by Elaine ..Spain
    A brief description of occupations found in glass bottlemaking, generally carried out by men.

    • Ballmaker: Would dip a hollow rod into the molten glass and make it into a ball to pass to the blower.
    • Bottle blower: Takes the rod and blows air in to inflate the gather.
    • Bottlemaker: Forms the rim on the bottle.
    • Finisher Off: Blows the glass till it cools in a mould. The blower or finisher off would not
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    05-01-12, 11:27
  • Irish Social and Political History
    by Caroline
    This page gives you some resources for finding out more about Irish History. ...
    05-02-10, 08:51
  • Jewish History
    by Caroline
    A guide to resources available for tracing members of the Jewish faith. ...
    04-02-10, 15:11
  • Weights, Measures, Money and Time
    by Caroline
    A collection of resources to answer many questions about old money, measures and calendars. ...
    04-02-10, 14:43
  • Sport
    by Caroline
    This page holds a collection of resources relating to the history and playing of many sports. You may well find leads which will help you trace the amateur and professional sportsmen and women in your tree. ...
    04-02-10, 13:53
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