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.





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.


Westminster Community History

Westminster ArchivesThe Westminster Archives website has a niche for Community History. The webpage says that it offers a chance to Explore the history of Westminster’s communities through our projects and exhibitions. So as I’ve never been one not to follow a path that offers information on family or community history I clicked on the button and it took me to another page which offered a choice of

  • Westminster MemoriesExplore Westminster’s history through our network of interactive sites
  • Soho Memories – Discover Soho past and present, and share your own memories of this colourful district
  • Church Street MemoriesTake a trip down memory lane with our site dedicated to Church Street’s history
  • St John’s Wood MemoriesExperience St John’s Wood as it used to be through images, stories and first-hand accounts
  • West End at WarWestminster City Archives tells the story of the London Blitz through an exciting new website, reminiscence sessions and an animation project
  • Black & Asian HistorySources for Black and Asian history in Westminster, including online exhibition galleries

Clicking on the Soho Memories I found a Soho memoriespage offering links to the Italian Community in Soho, Changing Face of Soho and memories about Eric Singer Boulevardier, journalist, architect, Martin Green Writer & publisher and Eddie S Linden Poet and publisher of Aquarius poetry magazine and several others.

It seems that anyone who has memories or photos of Soho can register and add their memories etc. to the site. Having read a few of the memories and had a look at the page about the Italian influence in Soho I have bookmark the site and will come back regularly to see what other goodies have been added.

A great idea by Westminster Archives to allow the community to record it’s own history. I shall have to work on a piece about my ancestors who lived in Soho in the 19th century, who knows what leads might come from that.

Take a look and enjoy a browse through Westminster.



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.



Hungerford Virtual Museum

Hungerford Virtual Musuem Family HistoryHungerford, Berkshire doesn’t have a museum in a building so the Hungerford Historical Society created the next best thing and for those of us with Hungerford ancestors, but live some distance away it is a very good thing indeed.

The society runs the Hungerford Virtual Museum and have made available a huge number of resources, indexes, lists and links. The scope of the site runs from Muster Rolls 1522, Quit Rents 1676 – 1836 to Family Histories & a Names Index.

This site is 5 star and is an example of what can be done by a local group with a passion for history. Well done Hungerford Historical Society!