Archives for July 2009

Gale Newspapers Online Archive

Gales Newspapers databaseI have written before about Gales database of British Newspapers 1800 – 1900 which is available now to the public on a subscription basis. The latest news is that they are offering two titles free of charge – the Penny illustrated Paper & The Graphic. I did a quick search and came up with plenty of references to names that i am researching.



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More London Poor Law Records

Ancestry LMA collection have just announced the release of another one million Poor Law Records scanned from the London Metropolitan Archives. So if you didn’t find your ancestors the first time you searched this collection then it’s worth while doing another search.

Here is their press release…………

In March this year, we released our first set of Poor Law Records. Now, only a few months later, we’re delighted to announce the release of one million more of these fascinating records.
Since Elizabethan time, the poorest in UK society had recourse to some form of relief by virtue of the Poor Law. Poor law relief generally applied to the poorest and most vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, orphaned, unemployed, or the sick and afflicted. These individuals were eligible to receive help such as monetary relief and other daily necessities like food, clothing, and work – usually administered via the dreaded workhouses. Children could be appointed to apprenticeships or placed in schools and other institutions. The records also include registers of creed, school, apprentices, servants, children and inmates among others.
A significant development occurred in 1834 when the Poor Law Amendment Act went further and created boards of guardians responsible for the care of the poor in their respective Poor Law Unions – administrative areas usually consisting of a group of individual parishes.
It is the paper trail created by these boards that now comprises this intriguing collection, and we’re happy to say that more than one million additional records covering the period from 1834-1940 have now been added to the site.


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Vale & Downland Museum

Vale & Downland Museum_thumbThis museum is a gem, great for getting a feel for the way of life in this area. Good bookshop with books on the area that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. Recommended for those with ancestors from the Vale of the White Horse area.






Slough Berkshire Museum


Slough Musuem_thumbThe museum is run by a friendly team of paid staff, volunteers & trustees, all of whom are committed to preserving the fascinating history of Slough and its people. They are here to help you explore your own past within this ever-developing town and ensure that visitors to the area see what Slough really has to offer.





Edmonton Photo Archive now online

Edmonton Photo Archives

City of Edmonton Archives have put 25,000 historic photos online for all to access and the good news is that there are more to come. If you find a photograph of particular interest to you a high quality copy can be ordered from the archives.

I understand that this project is just the start, documents held at the archives will be added to the web site in due course.



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