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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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Memorial Records of the First World War
11th November 2022
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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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