Archives for November 2009

Victorian Crime & Punishment



clip_image002Do you have prisoners lurking in your family tree? I certainly do!! My John Cannon who was convicted of stealing an oak post features on this web site along with inmates of gaols in Bedford, Cambridge, Ely & Huntingdon. These databases give plenty of details to keep genealogists happy. There is also general information on justice in the 19th century, gaols and case studies. Great site.


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The Coalmining History Resource Centre



What a great site, I’ve just traced some of my Matkin family into the coal mining industry and this website has helped me understand their lives a little better. There is a searchable database of deaths in mining disasters which could lead you onto newspaper reports etc, maps, history and a photo gallery. Excellent site

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Shropshire Mining History




The Shropshire Mines Trust has a website with a lot of useful information about the mines in this county. It’s not only coal that is mined in this area, but lead as well. There are publications that can be purchased plus photographs and background material.


Kent Coalfields


If you have miners in the family it doesn’t mean they have to have lived and worked ‘up north’ or in Wales, Kent has coal as well and in this nicely designed site you can find out about the Miner’s Way Walking Trail, also the history of the coal fields and view photographs of both men and mines.


Historic Population Information



This website doesn’t have names, but it does have a wealth of information on the population of cities, towns parishes. I put in the name Goosey which is the parish my grandmother was born in and it came up with 34 entries for this tiny parish so you can see it has plenty to interest family historians.