The diverse working world in the East India Company and India Office registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on February 19, 2018 in Collections, United Kingdom

For 200 years, the East India Company was the leading trade operation for exotic goods like cotton, silk, indigo, salt, tea and opium. Was your ancestor a ‘factor’ helping negotiate sales with local European merchants? Or did they serve in the company’s huge private army? Caroline Kimbell, from the Senate House Library discusses the history Read More

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

Posted by Kristen Hyde on January 31, 2018 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

With the launch of the Wiltshire Wills collection, Claire Skinner from Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre explores the historical significance of wills. The probate collection of the Diocese of Sarum alias Salisbury (more popularly known as the Wiltshire Wills collection) is a collection of over 500,000 images of wills and related records from the whole Read More

Exploring mental illness in the Fife and Kinross District Asylum General Registers of Lunatics, 1866 – 1935

Posted by Kristen Hyde on December 14, 2017 in Collections, Research, Scotland, United Kingdom

During the mid to late 19th Century, Fife became an area of aggregation for lunatics in Scotland. The word lunatic originates from the Latin word of ‘luna’ meaning moon. There was a belief that the changes in the cycle of the moon caused periodic or intermittent insanity, affecting people’s cognitive behaviour. The Victorians identified two Read More

Exploring the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital registers

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 15, 2017 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

Graham Thompson, Archives Assistant at the Royal Museums Greenwich, talks about the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital and the role it played in London during the 1800-1900s.  The Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital at Greenwich was the main clinical site of the Seamen’s Hospital Society (now Seafarer’s Hospital Society) and a major part of its patient records came to Read More

Fife Criminal Registers reveal mugshots of Scotland’s historic criminals 

Posted by Kristen Hyde on November 1, 2017 in Collections, Regional, United Kingdom

From baby-faced thieves to seasoned swindlers, Fife criminals were captured in more ways than one in the Fife Criminal Registers. The new collection, spanning from 1910-1931 collection, includes 900 records and more than a thousand historic images of criminals convicted in Fireshire. Men, women and children charged with criminal offences were recorded in registers, providing Read More

500 years of history in the Derbyshire Parish Records

Posted by Kristen Hyde on October 9, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Derbyshire county – home to the Peak District, the world’s oldest football club, and the literary backdrop of Jane Austen’s romantic novel, Pride and Prejudice. But did your ancestors also call this corner of England home? Let’s take a closer look at the Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriage and Burials (1538-1812) which detail Read More

Poachers, perpetrators and pigeons: a look at the Bedfordshire Petty Sessions

Posted by Kristen Hyde on August 25, 2017 in Collections, United Kingdom

Kathryn Faulkner is an archivist at Bedfordshire Archives. From 2011-2013 she worked on the Paths to Crime project which extensively catalogued the Quarter Sessions records for Bedfordshire from 1831-1900. Here, Kathryn introduces another set of court records – Bedfordshire Petty Sessions – and shows how they can help build a picture of family life. Court Read More