Archives for June 2009

SIGMA BOOKS – publications for local & family historians

Sigma BooksSigma Books is a small independent publisher, specialising in publications for the local and family historian. At present, most of our publications relate to the counties of Suffolk, Berkshire and Yorkshire. Our range of books and CDs is gradually expanding, so it is always worth having a look at the News page to see recent additions to our range. [New CD of East Ilsley wills published 1 June 2009]


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Stephen Jones made a transcript of the recollections of Frederick Swaffield as part of an Open University assignment.

Mr Frederick Swaffield was one of a large family who came to live in the New Inn, Stoke Abbott in 1895 when he was aged 7. He worked for many years as a carter for Mr Edward Smith at Lower Farm. He moved to Portland in 1924 to work in the quarries but returned to the village for a few years before his death, which occurred in Dorchester Hospital in 1963.



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The Register Office in the district of Bath and North East Somerset, England, holds records of local births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

Independent volunteers, have collaborated with the local Registration Service to make the indexes to these records freely searchable via the Internet.

The database covers Bath and North East Somerset births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 2007. That’s it! All further registrations of Births and Deaths are now done on line. (Marriages will continue to be added as registers are completed.)

Thanks Judy for this link 🙂


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Limerick Archives website has made a number of it’s collections available online. From business records to burial registers. It seems that Irish research has just got a little easier!



Canberra History Group website, good for background information and a better understanding of our ancestors lives.