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  • Illegitimacy

    Illegitimacy

    There will be very few of us who do not discover at least one illegitimate Ancestor in our tree. This is not necessarily the 'dead end' it may first appear. It also may not mean that our ancestor's were punished and outcast from society as so many people would have us believe... ...
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  • Coroners' Records

    Coroners' Records

    Sudden deaths are usually reported to a coroner by the police or a doctor.

    The coroner will seek to establish a medical cause of death, sometimes by conducting a post mortem. The coroner may decide the death was of natural causes, if not he will order an inquest. An Inquest is a fact finding enquiry; who died, where and when, and how the death arose.
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  • Adoption

    Adoption

    History of formal adoption and the law

    Before 1976 Adoption was put on a formal footing in 1926, following the publication of the Adoption of Children Act. Prior to this, adoptions were arranged by adoption societies and between private individuals. Some societies, one being the Church of England Children's Society, maintain records of adoptions that they arranged. Boards of Guardians also prepared reports but very few remain. ...
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  • Divorce and Annulments

    Divorce is the ending of a marriage before either of the partners have died. After a divorce people are allowed to marry again.

    Before either party involved in a bigamous marriage could remarry, they had to apply for a declaration of nullity (i.e. have a court decide that they were indeed correct that the marriage had been bigamous). Obviously any guilty party might have to do more than this to free themselves for another marriage, but that's not the issue here!
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  • Photographs

    Photographs

    Joseph Nicephore Niepce changed the world when he produced the very first photograph back in 1827. Ever since, people have used photography in various forms to make a record of the things, places, people and events important to their lives.

    Before the invention of photographs, people had to rely on another person’s interpretation, as shown in drawings, illustrations and paintings.
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  • Taxation Records

    Taxation Records

    A taxation record may be the only proof that your ancestor was in a particular place at a particular time.

    Looking at land tax records over time, you can see when men died, moved or sold property and who took over from them. Where other records do not survive, this may be the only method of distinguishing between two men of the same name.
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  • School Records

    School Records

    The most common type of school records available are Admission Registers and Log Books. Admission Registers usually include the name of the child, date of birth, details of parents/guardians and the date of admission. Sometimes, a discharge date can be found alongside the admission details, although generally, there are separate Discharge Registers, recording the date for leaving and the reason. ...
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  • Newspapers

    Newspapers

    Newspapers and Journals are normally archived locally and offer a rich, detailed resource of information unavailable elsewhere. Original publications will exist but most will have been copied onto microfiche or microfilm. Without specific dates to work with, and sometimes a lack of a detailed indexing system (i.e. they will be mainly filed by year and the researcher will have to trawl through each issue manually) this element of research can be very time consuming but ultimately very rewarding. ...
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  • Maps

    Maps

    Maps enable you to place your ancestors in context geographically, from the early tithe maps to the advent of the Ordnance Survey maps.

    N.B. This page only contains links to sites with historical maps. Maps from the present day or for specific localities will be found on the appropriate page of the UK County Index . ...
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  • Hospital, Asylum and other Medical Records

    Records of patients and their treatment are closed for 100 years. Similarly with Asylum and/or workhouse records, although entry and discharge dates may be available. Hospital and Asylums should appear on census records, with the names of the people that worked there. Patients or inmates are sometimes only listed by initials. ...
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  • Research Guides
    by Caroline

    The table below gives links to the pages of advice in the Reference Library for specific research areas.

    The pages have been written over the years by the members and will contain links to other useful resources and websites.

    We do try to keep them up to date but links do break as sites disappear and procedures and contact details may change, so we are grateful for any corrections.

    Registered members will be able to comment below the relevant page but non-members can contact us through Contact Us. ...
    04-03-20, 11:15
  • 1939 Register
    by Elaine ..Spain
    The National Registration Act 1939 established a National Register which began on 29th September 1939. The data collected was used to produce up-to-date population statistics and identification cards as well as helping to administer conscription. The following year, when rationing was introduced, the register was used for the issuing of ration books and at a later date, after the war, it helped in the creation of the National Health Service. The Register is an important set of records for genealo...
    27-01-16, 10:52
  • Searching a census in findmypast
    by Caroline
    You can use details for birthplace on the individual census record set search pages, found from the A-Z of Record sets, but you can only search one census at a time from those pages.
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    19-06-14, 15:42
  • To search using spouse's name
    by Caroline
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  • Searching using mother's maiden name
    by Caroline
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    19-06-14, 09:54
  • To look for parish records
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