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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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