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Crime & Punishment: Historic Notices of Wanted British Criminals Go Online

The following news release is from Matthew Deighton, with CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: HISTORIC NOTICES OF WANTED CRIMINALS GO ONLINE More than 90 years of Police Gazette records published online by Ancestry ♣ Police Gazettes reveal fascinating information on suspected wanted criminals, crimes committed and missing persons ♣ A suspect in the Whitechapel Murders and […]

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Why Do So Many Brits Have Red Hair? The Answer May Be Cloudy Weather. Maybe…

The following excerpt is from a fascinating article posted at The breakdown is 13% of Scottish people, 10% of Irish people. 6% of English people have red hair. Now genetic researchers want to know why so many in Birtain have red hair and the answer might be found in the cloudy weather found in […]

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for November 9, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch: Ecuador Catholic Church Records 1565-2011, United Kingdom World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917- 1920, Spain Province of Barcelona Municipal Records 1387-1986, Italy Forlì-Cesena Forlì Civil Registration (State Archive) 1800-1815 1866-1930, and Philippines Manila Civil Registration 1899-1984 have large additions this week. To browse these collections and more, […]

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The 1939 Register of England and Wales Has Launched!

A few days ago, I posted a blog about the 1939 Register. The database launched today with much fanfare. Following is an excerpt from an interesting article posted November 1 at the DailyMail website. It is a remarkable snapshot of a nation plunged into war. Dubbed The Wartime Domesday Book, the record of Britain in […]

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The 1939 Register of England and Wales – Coming November 2 to

For those with family living in England and Wales at the start of WWII, the digitization and Internet access to the 1939 Register is an exciting development. Forty-one million people are included in the records, while records for 28 million will become available at launch. British privacy laws (their 100 year rule) restrict access to […]

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TheGenealogist Has Released 5 Million British Emigration Records

The following news release is from Nick Thorne at TheGenealogist: New Passenger lists go online with unique search facilities TheGenealogist has just released five million Emigration BT27 records as part of their growing immigration and emigration record set. Uniquely TheGenealogist allows you to track transmigration of people across countries routing through British ports on their […]

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Remains of at Least 50 People Found at Westminster Abby

The following excerpt is from the September 23, 2015 edition of (NEWSER) – Workers demolishing a section of Westminster Abbey to make room for a new tower stumbled upon something most unexpected (at least in that part of the abbey): the remains of at least 50 people, including the skeleton of a 3-year-old, that […]

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Mary, Queen of Scots, Cleared of Murdering Her Husband – Over 400 Years Later

The following teaser is from the September 25, 2105 edition of Mary, Queen of Scots has been cleared of any involvement in the notorious murder of her husband, more than four centuries after the unsolved crime took place. The rebel queen, who plotted against Elizabeth I, has long been suspected of bringing about the […]

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The Queen Mother’s Brother Was a Genuine WWI Hero

The following teaser is from the September 27, 2015 edition of The Prince of Wales stood in solemn silence yesterday as he took part in a centenary memorial service in Dundee to honour the British troops who lost their lives at the ill-fated Battle of Loos. And among the 20,000 soldiers who died during […]

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New FamilySearch Database Collections Update for the Week of September 21, 2015

The following is from FamilySearch: Check out the Pennsylvania Civil Marriages 1677-1950, Ohio County Marriages 1789-2013, and Virginia Richmond City Birth Index 1870-1912 additions this week. Millions more records were also added for Italy (Potenza, Rieti, and Trapani) and Colombia. Search for these new records and more by selecting the links below. COLLECTION – INDEXED […]

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British WWII Prisoners of War Records Published Online as Britain Marks 70th Anniversary

The following is from FindMyPast: Today, 4 September 2015, one million records of service men, women and civilians who were taken captive during World War II are published online for the first time at Findmypast. The publication, in association with The National Archives, marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on […]

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Deaths of Seamen & Other British Marine Returns of Deaths Go Online

The following news release is from the ScotlandsPeople website: A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 is being made available online for the first time through ScotlandsPeople. Among the 14,000 new records available through ScotlandsPeople are monthly returns of the Deaths of Seamen, which list Scots along […]

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Launches New Online Resources

The following is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: The digitized records cover British, Irish and Commonwealth casualties from the Second World War, together with records for most other nationals commemorated at CWGC sites: this includes the records for German soldiers. The release of the CWGC’s Second World War records follows the successful release […]

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Norfolk Parish Registers Go Online at TheGenealogist

The following press release of August 1, 2015 is from TheGenealogist: TheGenealogist and the Norfolk Record Office announce that they have signed an agreement to make Norfolk parish and other historical records available online for the first time. The registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns of marriage feature the majority of the parishes in […]

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Statutory B, M & D Indexes for 2014 Now Available to Search at ScotlandsPeople.

The following is from ScotlandsPeople: You can now view the updated indexes for statutory records until the end of 2014, and in addition to this, images for births until 1914, marriages until 1939 and deaths until 1964. You can also purchase an Extract, a fully certified copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate, for […]

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