Apart from paying your familial respects, there are a number of reasons for visiting the grave of an ancestor. For example, you may find other members of the same family buried nearby. However, the gravestone itself may reveal all sorts of information of genealogical and personal importance, and these details are not always in online cemetery databases or burial indexes.
In the 18th century, when travellers on their way into London from the countryside had passed the toll gate at Hyde Park, they would then head up the road named Piccadilly. The first house that these people passed after they had paid their toll money then gained a nickname – Number One, London – and it has stuck to this day. It’s real address is the less catchy 149 Piccadilly, though it is better known as Apsley House and the London home of the Dukes of Wellington.
Alcohol permeated every aspect of Georgian life and heavy drinking was an everyday activity. Until tea and coffee became available in every home there were few alternatives to alcohol. Water was unsafe to drink and milk would sour quickly. The brewing process alcohol underwent removed contaminants and made it a safer and cheaper option than non-alcoholic drinks.
TheGenealogist has released over 100,000 individuals into its expanding Court & Criminal Records collection. With this release, researchers can find the details of ancestors who had broken the law and were incarcerated in the harsh conditions of early Victorian convict prisons – including some who were only children.
Many of our ancestors were domestic servants, among the staff in a large establishment, or general menservants or maids in smaller homes. Their clothes often reflected the division of labour within the household and their individual position within the servant hierarchy. Superior male servants, namely house stewards, butlers and valets generally followed current fashions in smart daywear and evening dress, but tended to lag respectfully behind their master. Conversely, the lower menservants such as footmen, coachmen, grooms, postilions and porters in affluent households were usually provided with special identifying livery.
The earliest English settlers in the district of what became Huntingdonshire were the Gyrwas, an East Anglian tribe, who early in the sixth century worked their way up the Great Ouse and the Cam as far as Huntingdon. After their conquest of East Anglia in the latter half of the ninth century, Huntingdon became an important seat of the Danes, and the Danish origin of the shire is borne out by an entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle referring to Huntingdon as a military centre to which the surrounding district owed allegiance.
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