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1910s Northamptonshire Property Records and Maps Released

8th December 2023

We have just added to our ever-growing Landowner and Occupier records with the release of more than 170,000 individual heads of households and property owners in Northamptonshire.

Covering 345 parishes that were surveyed in the years between 1910-1915 for the Inland Revenue Valuation Office, …

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Remembering the fallen with over 1.6 million new records

10th November 2023

This release of over 40,000 Rolls of Honour, over 65,000 Medal awards and over 1.5 Million War Memorial Records significantly adds to the suite of fully searchable Military records on our website.

The new War Memorials can be searched from our Master Search or by locating the memorial on the …

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New Court Records Reveal a Bewitching Array of Crimes

27th October 2023

We have added a fascinating new collection of Quarter Session Registers to our Court & Criminal Records, this new release covers a period from 1590 ? 1839 and includes the names of indicted persons, witnesses, and the Justices of the Peace.

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National Tithe Record Collection for England & Wales now complete on Map Explorer™

13th October 2023

New Major Release!

We are excited to announce the completion of our major project to link all the National Tithe Record Collection for England & Wales with our powerful Map Explorer.

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Drilling down in the Northampton Land Tax Records discovers the home of an Eminent Geologist

7th December 2023

Thompson was the county’s leading geologist, a curator of fossils at Northampton Museum and had prospected for oil in Peru, Angola, Brazil, as well as in the Caribbean. A founder member of the Northamptonshire Natural History Society he had been the first Principal of Northampton College of Science and Technology, and inspired Walter Crick to study science. Crick, a Northampton shoe manufacturer, would jointly publish an article with Charles Darwin in the latter’s last publication thirteen days before his death in 1882.

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