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    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.

    We hope that this historical timeline will help you to put the personal life of your ancestors in context with the social and political situation of the time.

    Any registered member is welcome to suggest events for the timeline. Please add them in the comment box at the foot of the relevant page.

    Please use the links below to access the era you are interested in.