In January 1972, three flights touched down in the United Kingdom carrying goods valued at £9.06 million. These treasures were destined for the British Museum, and included the gold death mask of the ill-fated boy pharaoh, Tutankhamun, among fifty other carefully selected grave goods. What followed was the first blockbuster, and arguably, most famous museum exhibition of all time, The Treasures of Tutankhamun. When the exhibition closed on 31 December 1972, 1.7 million visitors had queued for up to eight hours a day to view the iconic artefacts.
Adelaide Place, now long gone, was once, in spite of its tiny area, home to a multitude of ever-changing businesses. It was erected in 1835 as part of the London Bridge approach scheme and named after King William IV’s consort. Running south from King William Street to London Bridge, the site contained many alleys, including the disturbingly named Gulley Hole. Among its many businesses were a rag dealer, a gold refiner, a brick manufacturer, a supplier of lawn mowers, an agent selling tickets – first class only – for a steamship to Constantinople, and Finch & Co, a manufacturer of artificial manure. In 1862, Henry Griffiths, an employee of the latter, was charged with stealing from the company, after running away with the proceeds he’d been given to bank.
Hundreds of Swindon railway workers visited Oxford at the invitation of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) in 1848. They wouldn’t have known that this would be the origin of an annual workers ‘Trip’ which would continue for over a century, until the 1980s.
Little was known about Michael Connelly. Not even his surname was really known: some spelled it Connelly, but others insisted on Connolly, or even Conly. It was easier to refer to him by his nickname: Old Mick. What was known was that, at some point in his life, he had turned his back on society, becoming a hermit. He lived quite happily in a tumbledown hut on farmland close to Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire – near the road that linked Carstairs to Lanark. He had a small pension, did odd farm jobs, and was helped by sympathetic locals who would make sure he was all right, and give him odd parcels of food or fuel to keep him going.
It is always tempting to stick with the good old search engines with which you are familiar yet there are many often less well known ones that can often ‘come up with the goods’. In recent weeks this has proved the case for me with TheGenealogist’s Education search engine which accesses the records of many public, private schools and universities in England and Scotland up to the early 20th century. As with other search features at TheGenealogist, this one is extremely easy to use and affords immediate access to relevant digitised primary source material.
For the first time, RAF operations books are fully searchable by name, aircraft, location and many other fields, making it easier to find your aviation ancestors, thanks to TheGenealogist. In a release of over half a million records, this is the first batch of RAF operations records books (ORBs) to join TheGenealogist’s ever-expanding military records collection.
For millennia the sea and fishing have been a way of life for British coastal communities. Jacobean seamen wore leather boots, gloves and tarred aprons; leather, greased canvas and tarred materials being early methods of water protection. Images show Georgian mariners dressed in coarse linen shirts, striped waistcoats, coloured neck-scarfs, short jackets and loose canvas ‘slops’ – wide knee breeches or longer, trouser-style garments. Sometimes a knee-length apron or ‘skirt’ was also worn, with short or long leather boots. Headwear comprised felt hats and striped or red knitted stocking caps, also termed brewers’/fishermen’s caps.
The availability of many records online means that those fortunate enough to have Scottish ancestors can easily access many of the sources they need to build their family tree. However, as research progresses, most family historians will eventually hit the dreaded ‘brick wall’ and find themselves unable to proceed further. Finding Your Scottish Ancestors provides a wealth of information, advice and techniques to help solve these genealogy problems and gives family historians the tools they need to track down even the most elusive forebears. Contents include: sources for Scottish family history research, both traditional archives and online resources; techniques for searching and interpreting genealogical records; planning and recording research; common genealogy problems and their solutions.
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