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Over Half a Million Irish Parish Records Released
15th September 2023
Another whole county's worth of Irish parish records now bolsters our record collections, with over 510,000 individuals from County Laois added to our easily searchable records.
County Laois, once known as Queen's County from 1556 to 1922, is a double landlocked county in the Eastern and Midland …
New Legal Ancestors' Records
25th August 2023
Finding that an ancestor belongs to a profession or occupation can be a great way in to researching a family tree. Many of them will be recorded in specially produced lists or directories, such as those lawyer lists that have been released online today.
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Over 1,000 square miles of land tax records released
11th August 2023
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Today sees the launch of a superb new resource for family historians, providing a great way to discover what type of property our ancestors once occupied. We have just added records covering every head of household and property owner in Oxfordshire around the period 1910-1915, …
New Wartime British Jewish Newspapers
28th July 2023
We have just released a significant batch of The Jewish Chronicles from the First World War and The Jewish Echo (Scotland and Ireland?s only Jewish paper from the time) covering years during the build up to World War 2.
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