Scottish Property Records go online

Scottish Valuation Rolls Genealogy

News from the Press Office of ScotlandsPeople about the release of 2,000,000 Valuation Rolls giving the names of Owners and Occupiers of Scottish property in 1895. The records have been digitised and the images are now available for research. Every building in Scotland that was assessed as having a rateable value has been included.


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History of City of York and County of Yorkshire

History of YorkI’ve just come across this website when I was looking for something else …… the internet is great for serendipity isn’t it ?

The History of York website claims that you can explore York’s history from prehistoric to the present day and from what I’ve seen I think the claim is correct.  There are Timelines, Trails, Themes, a What’s New section as well as audio tours. There is a tempting video trailer of the new History of York audio visual spectacular, introduced by Dan Snow, that is now available at the Yorkshire Museum.

The Yorkshire Museum also has a very interesting and informative website, that is well worth spending time on. A quick search on YouTube showed that the York Museums Trust has made a number of YouTube videos that are excellent. I’ve put a link to one below.

York Museum Trust

So if you have ancestors who lived, worked or played in the city of York or the county of Yorkshire here are some resources for you to investigate.



Dennis Severs House, 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London

18 Folgate StreetI have written before about the house at 18 Folgate Street and on the recent Unlock The Past Cruise I somehow ended up twice talking to people at breakfast about the house and how they must go and see it when they were next in London.

Dennis was an eccentric, there is no two ways about it, but an eccentric with more imagination than most and who has left a wonderful legacy behind him. He decided that he didn’t belong in the 20th century, he died on 29 December 1999 and that he really was most comfortable in the 18th century. It is hard to explain the house and the experience, but yesterday I came across a tv programme on YouTube by Dan Cruickshank  that comes as close as you can to the house without entering it’s door.

If you can go and see it yourself, check the website for opening times and note the restrictions no children, no talking etc. If you can’t then watch the following YouTube programmes, it is in 3 segments.

The House That Wouldn’t Die by Dan Cruickshank


Part 1


Part 2


Part 3’_House

St Patrick’s Day freebies!!

St Patrick

Those with Irish ancestry will need to keep off the Guinness so that they have a clear head to make good use of the two St Patrick’s Day offers  made by FindMyPast & Origins ! is offering 50 free credits for use on their site. The code is STPATRICK which you put into the redeem coupon box. Thanks to Chris Paton for this news. is offering free access to their Irish Directories collection from 16 – 18 March.

Connected Histories

Connected Histories

I’ve written about this website before, but took another look today as I was finishing off the last pieces of one of my talks that I am giving on the Unlock The Past Cruise next month.

Four new resources have been added to the website.

  • Convict Transportation Register Database
  • John Foxe’s The Acts & Monuments Online
  • 19th century British Pamphlets
  • Archbishopric of York Cause Papers

This site is turning into a real treasure chest of data useful to family and local historians. A simple surname search covers all 22 websites which are linked to Connected Histories. Some of the websites are pay, but others are free and even if your search turns up something from one of the pay sites and you don’t wish to subscribe, a brief description might be most useful in pointing you in the right direction for further research.