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  • Electoral Registers and Poll Books

    Before 1928, the right to vote depended on ownership of property, gender and age. Before 1832, the right to vote varied between constituencies. In county constituencies, it was held by every freeholder who possessed land worth forty shillings per annum. In the boroughs, the franchise could be very narrow. Finding individuals can be very difficult as there was no set procedure for recording the voters and there have been many boundary changes over the years. ...
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  • Directories: Trade, Street and City

    County, Regional, Town, City or Trade Directories provide us with valuable detail for 19th and 20th Century research. Directories list people/occupations and addresses. They can be searched usually by location, decade and/or key word. Not all directories are searchable by all methods. In earlier directories, only notable members of the community may be listed. ...
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  • Court Sessions and Victuallers' Licences

    As there was no national licensing system until the mid 16th century, it is not possible to trace the history of the Public House fully before that time.

    It is, however, believed that the Public House, otherwise known as alehouse, has been a feature of English life since Roman times.

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  • Manorial, Land and Estate Deeds

    Even if your ancestor was an agricultural labourer and not a landowner, there is much information to be found in the surviving records dealing with the ownership and tenancy of land.

    The manor embodied the 'government' of the local community in medieval times. It not only dealt with tenancy, but also often functioned as a local court of law for routine offences.
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  • Poor Law, Workhouses and Orphanages

    These records often contain biographical detail, such as the number and names of children and often the parish of birth, or most recent settlement, enabling you to identify possible parishes of research.

    The Poor Laws generally cover the period between 1536 and 1834 when the Union of Workhouses came into being under the Poor Law Amendment Act of that year.
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  • Certificates: International

    This page has examples of certificates from Australia, Ireland and Malta with explanations about their differences from the English style certificate and how to go about acquiring them. ...
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  • Certificates: England and Wales

    The images and information relate to certificates issued by the General Register Office. A certificate issued by a local office will be broadly similar in appearance, but the wording and layout may differ slightly from the illustrations. There are also some subtle differences between certificates depending on the date of the event. Where possible, the text will explain any notable variations between certificates of different dates. ...
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  • Parish Registers

    Parish Registers

    Parish registers were started in England in 1538. A law was passed ordering the clergy to record baptisms, marriages and burials, and that they should be written down in a book after the service on Sundays, and in the presence of the Churchwardens. Before this date there were no records, except for a few created by monks who recorded the events for prominent families. ...
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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
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  • Searching using mother's maiden name
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  • To look for parish records
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