Ancestry.com and the Daily Telegraph read my mind!
1. Ancestry.com and the Daily Telegraph read my mind!
Following on from my blog a few weeks ago The definition of being English it seems that this thorny issue has picked up on by Ancestry.com thanks to an article in the Daily Telegraph. The article basically confirms my thoughts about only a handful of peoples being truly British and the rest being a mix. Just goes to show that that you don't need to a professor to have these ideas!
2. Cheaper UK BMD certificates to come?
It seems that the UK Federation of Family History Societies has petitioned the General Registry Office for allowing the purchase of photocopied certificates rather than purchasing the certified version at full price. I must admit I was not aware they did this in Ireland. I have stayed well clear of researching there in the past due to the difficulties in finding records but also the expense, at 30 euros a certificate. It now seems they are only charging 4 euros which is amazing. If they somehow manage this for the UK it will be a major step forward allowing more people to research their family trees. The cost of research at the moment is too high in my opinion, although they are only responding to demand of course.
3. New Dorset records
New Dorset records have been released by Ancestry. They lead with a piracy theme which is interesting to most of us but even if you don't have Blackbeard in your family tree I am sure these records will be a great resource for Dorset anyway.
4. Bank of England archives to go online
It might sound boring but you never know what you might find. I am a great advocate of putting it 'all' online. You never know when you might want to access these records and they might become the one thing you need to confirm something in your family or push it back that next generation. Well done Bank of England.
5. Sugar and Slavery
Great article on one persons research of their family, concentrating on the sugar plantations of Martinique. A very interesting read and I suspect her book, Sugar in the Blood, will be even more so.