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Latest News

New 1831 Irish Tithe Defaulters and Irish Parish Registers

13th January 2023

Today we have released 371,400 Kildare Catholic Parish Registers covering baptisms, marriages and burials, which will be a welcome resource for those family historians wanting to research their Irish ancestry from this eastern part of Ireland.

Also released at this time are more than 29,000 …

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Over 800 Square Miles of Land Tax records released

22nd December 2022

More than 185,000 new Lloyd George Domesday land tax records have been added to our Landowner and Occupier records. Consisting of records from the counties of Berkshire and the Buckinghamshire, this release provides researchers with the ability to discover owners and occupiers of property in the …

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Chelsea Pensioner Records

9th December 2022

We have been extending our ever-growing Military records collection with a fascinating new record set for all our Diamond subscribers. More than 629,000 historic records for Chelsea Pensioners from 1702-1933 are now available, with high quality scans of the original document pages.

The records in this release include …

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1881 Census on Map Explorer

1881 Census on Map Explorer

25th November 2022

We have now linked all of our 1881 census records of England, Scotland and Wales to our powerful Map Explorer™ so that users can see the locations of houses plotted on georeferenced historic and modern map layers.

Unique to our website, viewing a household record from the 1881 census will now show a map pinpointing the …

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The "Count" and the Contessa found in the 1939 Register

8th February 2023

The famous actor Sir Christopher Lee, made his name often playing the villain in a career in film spanning more than 60 years. To some he was Count Dracula, appearing in the role in seven Hammer Horror movies and ultimately taking the part of Dracula nine times. To others he will be remembered for portraying the bad guy Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). In real life he was actually related to Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, the two being step-first cousins.

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