Broadly speaking, local history focuses on a geographical area. It is usually concerned either with past events in a locale, the people who lived there, or its cultural and social background. However, 'local’ shouldn’t mean parochial, or limited: regional happenings should be placed within the wider national context. For example, attacks on mills in Huddersfield in 1812 make little sense if not seen as part of that decade’s Luddite rebellions against labour-saving machinery!
Family history data website <b>TheGenealogist.co.uk</b> has become the first family history website to launch a dedicated Image Archive that allows you to view historic images in both standard and '3D’ forms. These historical pictures allow you to relive the past through the eyes of your ancestors. The standard images are free for everyone to search and view and cover the period from 1850 to 1940. You can explore thousands of images there – with more being added regularly
Until 1971, the Courts of Assize – or Assizes – were held around England and Wales to try the most serious offences, such as homicide, infanticide, highway robbery, rape and grand larceny (the theft of items over the value of 12d, a crime that was once a capital offence). They also dealt with civil disputes over land or money.
The city of Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a major port for the transport of coal contributed to its rise as a major city. Cardiff was only made a city in 1905, and proclaimed the capital of Wales as recently as 1955.
Registers of marriages are the only records which are completed at the actual event, and are therefore considered the most reliable. These are essential for tracing your ancestors back further than the 19th century. However, there are many pitfalls in their content.
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