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Analysing 18th century Scottish shop tax records

Originally posted on Viv's Academic Blog:
I’ve various academic history research projects on the go, and one of these, still in the early stages, is to look at 18th century Scottish shop tax records. My taught postgraduate Masters degree…

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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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