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We’ve updated our 1841 Census!

Posted on 22 March 2011 in Record Collections

As a tribute to our recent update to the 1841 census in which many of the schedules from Cumberland and north Lancashire have been added, it is interesting to consider the oddities of the first national census in which every individual was named, and therefore the first to be really useful to family historians nationwide.… Read more

Happy New Year, family historians!

Posted on 10 January 2011 in General

Anyone who has spent long periods of time with the family over Christmas will find that as the food and drink flow, the old family stories are wheeled out and retold again. In my case, my dad’s experiences as an evacuee and accounts of which relative disappeared to South Africa or Canada after some particularly… Read more

The mouldering mausoleums of Cimetière Père-Lachaise

Posted on 9 December 2010 in General

A few days ago, I went to Paris and the trip was bounded at each end by visits to two places of the dead, the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise  and the Paris Catacombs under the city. Here the bones of many ancient cemeteries were deposited after being dug up from their pits in church graveyards, the… Read more

London parish records: the capital laid bare

Posted on 13 October 2010 in Record Collections

All hail the arrival of the indexes to the early London parish registers in our LMA collections. Now all those who claim their ancestors were proper Londoners can check this out and see whether they can push their tree back all the way to the era of Henry VIII, or even earlier. From Edmonton to Battersea… Read more

Have you got engineering ancestors?

Posted on 24 September 2010 in General, Record Collections

Have you got engineering ancestors?  If so, then the engineers’ records at the mechanical, electrical and civil engineering institutes in London are well worth a visit. Engineering professions expanded massively in the 19th century and people applied for membership and then took examinations, which were set by the Institutes.  The directories and ledgers held at… Read more