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Nineteenth-century Britain was notable for many things feats of engineering, significant developments in science and culture, the Industrial Revolution, and of course, stovepipe hats. But among all this ingenuity and showboating there was also a religious revolution going on abroad, led by a band of hardy men and women driven by the word of God.
The passing of the 1836 Births and Deaths Registration Act created the office of registrar general and a line of subordinate roles, such as superintendent registrar, deputy registrar and registrar. Thomas Henry Lister was the first registrar general of England and Wales from the time he established the system of civil registration in 1836 until his death in 1842.
We usually search census records to look for useful information such as where a person was on census night, as well as the names of the other members of their household. Using TheGenealogist for our research between 1871 to 1911 comes with an added benefit in that we can see the location of the property linked up to useful georeferenced maps in the Map Explorer tool. Also, TheGenealogist has now significantly improved the image quality and therefore readability of all its 1851,1861,1871 and 1891 census record images by ‘deep zooming’ the images to have five times the resolution of previous images and providing the highest resolution and quality of English and Welsh census images to be seen anywhere online.
I wanted another stool for my piano; the old one had simply disintegrated. So I made my way to the local antique warehouse to see what was on offer. In the end there was no competition. There were a number of stools and the one I chose was a deep and attractive one but that wasn’t all. Inside it was a neatly arrayed collection of sheet music dating back to the early 20th century and beyond. Clearly this had once been somebody’s pride and joy. As with the chest of drawers (see DYAP February 2023), further examination would have to await semi-retirement – and here we are.
Researchers using TheGenealogist will now have access to the highest resolution and quality 1851, 1861 and 1871 census images for England and Wales ever seen online with vastly improved readability revealing, even faint writing in pencil on these essential records for family historians.
Figures in popular art usually wore the modes of the day and clear dress details here have informed the c.1700 date. These are genteel upper or upper-middle class styles as favoured by the social elite: luxury garments and fine accessories that continue late 1600s high fashion.
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