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More thoughts on FindMyPast’s 1939 Register website

Originally posted on Viv's Academic Blog:
As a family historian with some English connections I was interested in the 1939 English and Welsh Register which went online recently at FindMyPast. But having seen the 1939 Register entries for my…

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Cavers people in Massachusetts, USA

Originally posted on Cavers One-Name Study Blog:
Ancestry has recently added Massachusetts parish registers to its online indexes and digital images. Part of my own personal Cavers line has a Massachusetts connection, so I was really pleased to see these…

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Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine and the ancestress who invented it – apparently

From a young age I’ve enjoyed ginger wine. I wasn’t allowed alcohol generally, but this was an exception. I was allowed a small glass, though of course I always wanted more! It was always Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine, never another … Continue reading

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Listening to a Somerset village history talk from the 1980s

My husband grew up in a very small village in Somerset: Maperton near Wincanton in the south-east of the county. It is a tiny place now, but was much more populous in the past. A local villager researched the village’s … Continue reading

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Ancestor receiving surgeon’s diploma in 1771

I’ve always wondered how my ancestor Richard Somner (1731-1804) trained as a surgeon. I’m assuming that he trained on the job, and have found no evidence for any form of university education for him, unlike his son and grandsons who … Continue reading

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Searching for cross-Border roots, and discovering a family wiped out by tuberculosis

My great-grandfather Michael Kerr’s origins were a bit of a mystery to me for a long time. Because he was born in England, but married in Scotland, I didn’t have a reliable birth place for him, and Scottish census returns … Continue reading

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