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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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New Memorial Records of the First World War

Memorial Records of the First World War

11th November 2022

As we prepare to remember our fallen heroes from the World Wars and other conflicts on Remembrance Day this weekend, we have released a collection of war memorials for soldiers that had served in the First World War, comprising details for men who had been born in Ireland as well as in England, Scotland and …

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New Times Newspapers Added

New Times Newspapers Added

28th October 2022

We have released over 3,000 fully searchable editions of The Times from the 1870s decade, joining the many other newspapers and magazines that are already available to search in our Diamond subscription.

The Thunderer, as it was nicknamed, like many other newspapers carried Birth, Marriage and Death announcements and so is …

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Important London Resource Now Complete

21st September 2022

New Major Release!

The Lloyd George Domesday Survey is now complete for all of the Greater London boroughs, as well as for North Buckinghamshire. Over 1.6 Million records within Greater London are now searchable by name, address or location.

This is a key resource for those researching London in the Edwardian …

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Darwin at Downe

25th November 2022

On the evening of the 3rd April 1881 Charles Darwin and his wife Emma were at home in Kent. It was the night of the census and from a look at the record we can see that they had a fairly full house at that time. Those staying under the roof that night at Downe House consisted of grown up members of the family, visitors and eight servants.

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