Know the ropes about our dead sea captains

Posted by Emma on 12 September 2012 in General, Guest Bloggers, Record Collections

‘Take me back to beautiful England & the grey, damp filthiness of ages, fog rolling down behind the mountains, & on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.’ Lyrics from ‘Last Living Rose’ by P J Harvey. Discovering your family history can be an exciting experience and researching one’s ancestor’s masters’ certificates is one such journey to… Read more

Careers at sea: Masters Certificates, 1855-1948

Posted by Emma on 12 September 2012 in General, Record Collections

Occupation records are some of our most popular collections. It’s not surprising really; learning about your ancestors’ careers can really help paint a picture of how they lived their lives, and what sort of people they were. That’s particularly true about our latest addition. Masters Certificates, 1850-1927 reveals more than 250,000 hardy souls who spent… Read more

New Dorset records – are you descended from pirates?

Posted by Kelly on 7 September 2012 in General, Record Collections

Abandon all hope, ye who enter today. There be pirates about, and they be thirsty for your blood. Actually, strictly speaking, we’re hoping that our pirates already share your blood. These scurvy dogs – who appear as part of nine new Dorset record collections we’re launching today – are real historical people who could… Read more