Monday, October 12, 2015


newspapers can be an invalualble source for family historians.  Many of the county record offices will have archives of local newspapers.  Some are being digitized and made available online, although most of these are charged for.  However, you may find useful links on this page, which gives links to free newspaper archives all over the world.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Slave ownership database

University College London has compiled a slave-ownership database for the 46,000 people who were compensated for their losses at the end of slavery.  If you go to the UCL website for the slave ownership database, you can put in the names of your ancestors and discover if they owned slaves, as between 10 and 15% of the British population are said to have done.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Register of Ships online

Lloyd's Register has digitised and put online the historical editions of the Register of Ships for familiy historians and others to be able to consult the books without travelling to London.  This is a wonderful resource for anyone who has shipowning ancestors.  The books can be searched in Google Books, and are very clear compared to a lot of books on the Internet Archive and Google Books services. 

Editions from 1764 to 1899 are available with a few gaps and omissions.  It's an easy cover page which allows you to navigate into and out of the books very easily.  So impressed that they have made this a free service - well done Lloyd's Register!