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New Records for Removal of Graves and Tombstones
19th May 2023
We have added copies of records from certain local authorities and the Church Commissioners that relate to the removal of graves and tombstones in burial grounds to our Headstone Collection. These records from The National Archives cover former cemeteries from all over England and Wales. A number …
New Hertfordshire Records & Maps
4th May 2023
This week also sees the release of over 33,000 Lloyd George Domesday Survey records for the Hitchen area of Hertfordshire where we find the occupation and ownership records of people from across the social strata. These link through to highly detailed contemporary maps to show exactly where your ancestor lived. You …
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3rd May 2023
We have added over 56,924 new individuals to our War Memorial collection, bringing the total number of fully searchable War Memorial Records to over 665,000. This release includes images from war memorials of a variety of shapes and sizes and have been fully transcribed. Covering the war dead from various conflicts …
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