It can be a little uncomfortable to consider our own mortality but, as we shall see, in the modern era we are a lot more fortunate than our forebears. The commonest causes of death in the UK in the 21st century are largely medical conditions related to older age or which are more likely to kill older people. They include dementia, heart disease, stroke, various cancers, and chest complaints such as bronchitis, influenza and pneumonia. You can see detailed analysis of current trends on the Office for National Statistics website (https://www.ons.gov.uk)
The Victorians often claimed that cleanliness is next to godliness. The labour pangs of cleanliness began in the mid-19th century and were overseen by a most unlikely midwife. Edwin Chadwick was a civil servant who grasped the link between sanitation and disease in the 1830s, and also grasped the nettle of taking action to break it.
For many of us a particularly fascinating facet of doing research into our ancestors is to explore where they had once lived. For that reason any records that are able to provide us with an address are very valuable to researchers as with this information we can next move on to consult a map in order to find out more about our forebears’ neighbourhood. If the record set is already linked to mapping then this makes it even easier for us to see our ancestors’ road or street. However not all maps are equal, with some only giving the user just a broad area in which to try and pinpoint the property. With the aim of offering something better than what is available elsewhere, TheGenealogist’s team has tackled this with their recent update to their version of the 1939 Register. They have linked all the results from this pre-WW2 survey to their leading Map Explorer interface so that we can now see more accurately where our recent ancestors’ houses had been situated. Map Explorer maps will go down to house, street or parish level and so now the researcher has a great deal more detail than what is offered on most of the other genealogical research sites which include the 1939 Register.
Until the 1800s popular songs were mostly anonymous, but urbanisation and the rise of the music hall (in the USA, Vaudeville) made the singers famous. Some wrote their own songs while a few songwriters turned out most of the rest. All social classes flocked to the Victorian and Edwardian halls to hear the hit songs of the day, much to the alarm of respectable society.
Fifty years ago, the last trolleybus system in the UK ended. The trolleybus completed its final journey in Bradford, bringing to an end a brief spell as a mode of public transport. The trolleybus was an electric bus powered by overheard wires, using spring-loaded trolley poles – with each bus using two wires and two poles, which differentiated it from a tram, which used just one wire and one pole.
With a new release of the records of over 35,000 individuals by TheGenealogist, family historians can now discover valuable particulars about ancestors’ homes from the following parts of London in 1910: Cowley, Cranford (Bedfont), Great Stanmore, Harefield, Harlington,</p> <p>Harmondsworth, Harrow, Harrow Weald Hayes, Hillingdon East, Hillingdon West, Ickenham, Little Stanmore, Pinner, Ruislip, Uxbridge, West Drayton, Yiewsley and Wealdstone.
Due to the spectacular growth of the late Georgian cotton industry, cotton was Britain’s main export by 1803. All the processes for producing factory-made cotton goods were in place and during the 19th century techniques were refined. Eastern Lancashire, parts of Yorkshire and Cheshire developed into a dense area of almost 300 factory towns and villages. Manchester – considered the world’s first industrial city – was widely termed ‘Cottonopolis’ by the 1850s. All the raw materials still had to be imported, but just when West Indian and other sources of raw cotton grew insufficient, the fertile plantations of the US Southern States opened up. The contribution of American cotton growers/slave owners to the trade’s success was immense.
The first known use of the name Somerset (a name derived from Somerton, briefly the county town in medieval times) dates from the 7th century, making the county (along with Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset) one of the oldest still existing units of local government in the world.
This comprehensive and fascinating guide from genealogist and historian Celia Heritage will prove indispensable for both local and family historians. A wide-ranging examination of historical and archaeological findings means that the book will also appeal to anyone with an interest in death and burial.
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