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.

http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/home

http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk/Page/Index.aspx

 

 

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.

http://www.connectedhistories.org/Default.aspx

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/

 

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/

 

Aborfield, Berkshire Local History

ArborfieldAn website which will be of interest to all those with ancestors from the Aborfield area of Berkshire. It has a parish history timeline, a page about the families who have lived in the village for generations, information about properties in the village, memories of the village by long time residents and much more. Always good to find a website specialising in “your” village.

http://www.arborfieldhistory.org.uk/index.htm

 

Aborfield, Berkshire, Local History, Family History, Genealogy