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Each issue is packed full of entertaining stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice – great for anyone starting out in family history research, for experienced researchers needing help overcoming stumbling blocks, and for those with a general interest in how our ancestors lived their lives.
The distinctive twin domes of the Old Royal Naval College are instantly recognisable to anyone with a passing acquaintance with Greenwich and its maritime heritage. For more than a century, these magnificent baroque structures lay at the heart of one of the world’s leading training centres for naval officers, widely recognised for its excellence and attracting students not just from Britain but from China, Japan, Russia and former British colonies.
Recently the Welsh tithes lists, collated between 1839 and 1842, have been published on the TheGenealogist, and they have been very helpful in helping me advance my family history. Now able to link these lists to information from the 1841 census on the same site, I am a happy man!
In 1787, a group of men met at the Newcastle Coffee House at St Mary-at-Hill in the City of London. They were not there simply to drink coffee, read a newspaper or discuss the latest gossip with each other – instead, they wanted to sing. This was the first meeting of what would be the first glee club in Britain: a choir group, essentially, but where the songs ('glees') chosen were short ones designed to be performed by a trio or quartet of singers.
Biggles Hits the Trail was the title given to one of the very early books in the series about the dashing aviator, first published in the 1930s and written by the author Capt. W.E. Johns. Using what records we can explore online, we shall hit a trail of our own and track the prolific writer from his birth in 1893 in Bengeo, Hertford through his First World War entry into the world of flying, to his eventual death in Richmond upon Thames in 1968 aged 75.
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