Dixon-Scott Photographic Collection

Dixon-Scott Collection Family HistoryI am sure that some of you already know about the National Archives Labs website, but I didn’t and think that many of my readers also may have missed out on hearing about the Labs.

The Labs are a test area where the National Archives try improvements and new ideas out and then ask for feedback from those who visit the site. Generally a very interesting site to see what may be coming next at TNA.

One of the sections on the Labs website is the Dixon-Scott Collection which comprises 14,000 photographs taken between 1920 – 1940. This resource can be searched by location and viewed free of charge.

John Dixon-Scott became concerned about the way rural and urban England was changing and not always for the better. He toured England taking photographs of the vanishing landscape so that at least it was preserved in a visual form. If the town or village that your ancestral families lived in are amongst those featured in this collection then you will be able to get a glimpse of a lost way of life.

http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/wordpress/index.php/2010/03/uk-history-photo-finder/

 

Hidden Lives – The Children’s Society

http://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/

The Hidden Lives website might not supply any names for your family history, but it does give a glimpse into the lives of the children who came under the care of The Waifs & Strays’ Society now know as The Children’s Society. The site focuses on the time period 1881 – 1918 and is made up of documents from the society’s archives. There is background information about children’s homes, fully searchable editions of the various publications of the society, photographs of the children and also examples of case files.

The society cared for children both in their residential homes and also in the community. None of the children are identified by name, but if you find one of your ancestors who were taken care of by The Children’s Society or a similar organisation this website will give you an understanding of the work undertaken to alleviate the suffering of the children and the lives of the children themselves.  

http://www.hiddenlives.org.uk/

Photographic Collection now online at Families in British India Society website

http://www.new.fibis.org/archives/694The Families in British India Society is well known for it’s quality genealogy website focusing on those British ancestors who lived and work in India. The society announced recently that they have been allowed to place online the John Morgan collection of photographs taken in the 19th & 20th century in India.

John Morgan is a collector of material which he then hires out to film & TV as props. Amongst his wide ranging collection are three photograph albums, all labelled and taken in India. What a find! John was kind enough to allow the society to have them reproduced and uploaded onto their website.

The photos are free for everyone to browse through, but exclusive to FIBIS members are two indexes which allows much quicker access to those photos which are of interest. Membership is £15 per year for UK members and a few £’s more for European or Worldwide based members.

This collection is a joy to browse through, the photographs are very evocative of a world that is no more.

http://www.new.fibis.org

Black Country Genealogy

Black Country GenealogyThis website is one of seven connected websites that are a real treasure house of information for those with family from the Black Country. As I understand it the Black Country is comprised of West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Bilston, Dudley, Tipton, Wednesfield and parts of Halesowen, Wednesbury and Walsall.

These sites contain images (almost 5,000 of them!), parish records, monumental inscriptions and much, much more. I couldn’t see who is the author of these sites, but whoever they are they are definitely a “Genealogy Hero” !!

http://www.blackcountrygenealogyandfamilyhistory.co.uk/