Down the Mine at 89: Working Life of Elderly Victorians Revealed

Posted by wexon on September 2, 2014 in Family History

Analysis of historic census records reveals the majority of over-65s in Victorian England worked full-time – Ancestry Victorian census reveals farmers, miners, servants and cleaners in their eighties or nineties More than half (57 per cent) of people had to work beyond the age of 65 compared to just 10 per cent today Records also show how so-called… Read more

Titanic Mystery Solved with DNA Testing

Posted by wexon on July 3, 2014 in Family History

DNA solved a 70-year-old question of whether Loraine Allison survived the Titanic crash. Many have wondered what happened to the two-year-old little girl who disappeared from the crash more than 100 years ago. The story begins with Hudson and Bess taking their two kids, Trevor, seven months, and Loraine, two years of age, across the… Read more

New Warwickshire Parish Records

Posted by wexon on July 3, 2014 in Family History

Wherever you are in the old county of Warwickshire, you’re surrounded by history – from the Cathedral in Coventry, to Rugby School, to Warwick’s Tudor houses. The region has played host to some of our most important figures – William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, while it’s said that the Gunpowder Plot was hatched in… Read more

New Dorset Records – Are You Descended from Pirates?

Posted by wexon on July 3, 2014 in Family History

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Ancestry 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

New London records – Freemen of the City

Posted by wexon on July 3, 2014 in Family History

When it comes to family history, London is definitely a special case. To have a realistic chance of finding ancestors in most other parts of the UK, you need to have some sort of local connection. With the capital, though, it’s worth anybody searching the records – because so many people owned businesses or second… Read more

Warwickshire Occupational and Quarter Sessions Records – Hair Powder Certificates

Posted by wexon on July 3, 2014 in Family History

Authored by Rob Eyre.  Rob has more than 20 years experience working with the public in archive repositories and has been a Senior Archivist at the Warwickshire County Record Office since 2005. Hair Powder Certificates One of the more obscure sources of information for family historians focussing on the 18th century are the returns of… Read more

Jack, James, and Daniel to Be Most Popular Names — if England Win World Cup

Posted by wexon on July 2, 2014 in Family History

A 1966 naming trend reveals how the names of England’s World Cup squad members will soar if they win the tournament – Ancestry Names of England’s 1966 World Cup winners doubled in popularity after Wembley win Trend would mean nearly 30,000 extra boys with same name as 2014 Lions Jack Wilshere can expect to see his… Read more

Fancy a Pint at the Cod Smack? Historic Surrey Pub Names Published Online

Posted by wexon on July 2, 2014 in Family History

Newly digitised collection details the drinking holes of Victorian Britain –– Ancestry More than 65,000 Victorian victualler records included in the newly digitised collection Weird and wonderful pub names include the Good Intent, Red Lettuce and Cod Smack Lambeth revealed as the ‘booziest’ parish in historic Surrey Thousands of historic records pertaining to Surrey pubs… Read more

1909 Pigeon Theft Nets 4 Years for 12-Year-Old Offender

Posted by wexon on July 2, 2014 in Family History

Tattoos, pigeon theft and financial fraud all detailed in newly digitised collection – Ancestry More than 9,000 reformatory school records reveal criminal behaviour of kids as young as five Collection includes information on each crime, newspaper clippings and ‘mugshot’ photographs Records also detail nearly 400,000 adult convicts, with offences ranging from petty theft to cold-blooded… Read more