London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes

The Gazette - MadAboutGenealogyGenealogists have been able to access historic gazettes for some years and very useful they have been in family history research. A recent press release from National Archives tells us that access to the gazettes has been improved and the website re-designed and re-launched.

The London Gazette is the oldest, continually published newspaper in the world. Although the three publications are know as the London Gazette, Edinburgh Gazette and the Belfast Gazette they contain details of individuals from all over the United Kingdom so a search is always worthwhile taking the time to do. A history of the gazette is available on the National Archives website.National Archives - MadAboutGenealogy

A search for one of my family names “Pottinger” came up with 654 entries dating from 1742 – July 2013 a wide range of dates and information. The earliest entry concerns an ancestor of mine John Pottinger of Compton, Berkshire, it calls for creditors to register with the Court of Chancery and the latest entry is a listing of a business in Belfast owned by a Peter Pottinger who almost certainly is a descendant of the Pottinger family who left Berkshire and moved to Northern Ireland. All sorts of genealogy treasure will be hidden amongst the other 652 entries. A good, wet Sunday  afternoon, project to work through them all !


New Podcasts at The National Archives

TNA Podcasts genealogyThe Podcast Series on The National Archives website is great for all levels of family historians. The latest additions to the collection are

A real mix of subjects and something to interest everyone.

Below is the link for the Podcast Archive where the complete list of what’s on offer is available.


1911 Census Podcast

clip_image002The National Archives has an excellent podcast about the 1911 census. The talk is by renowned genealogist Dave Annal. The podcast and many more of interest to family historians are available to listen to or to download, all free of charge.


How much is it worth today?

clip_image002I’ve just been working my way through the National Probate Index for the name Diddams for a client and began to wonder how much these estates would be worth today. A soldier who died in 1916 left £150 and I wondered if that was a large amount in 1916 or not. As it happens it was about 400 days wages for a craftsman.

To find this out I used the useful Currency Converter at the National Archives website. This is a page that you may want to tag as a favourite if you are curious about how much your ancestors were worth.

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