Child Labour - on your tricycle!
1. Victorian Child Workforce
A little article that reminds us just how different life was only 100-200 years ago. Child labour is one of the most obvious indicators of change. Whilst the factory acts helped to stop the exploitation and abuse of children at work, it by now means stopped it altogether. Whilst the minimum age was increased and certain industries outlawed, others persisted. Even in the early 1900s young boys were still employed in the UK glass-making industry, working with smolten glass and working in extreme heat on a daily basis. Prior to these acts, it was a free-for-all and children were taken advantage of in almost every occupation. Children could often earn more than their parents in the right industry. Some of the more infamous child occuaptions were match girls (http://www.familytreeservice.co.uk/census-occupations-m-Match-Maker.html) and chimney sweeping (http://www.familytreeservice.co.uk/census-occupations-c-Child-Chimney-Sw...). I would not want phossy jaw or a fire lit underneath me to make me do my job, that's for sure. So whilst the world may not be perfect now, I am glad I only had to do a paper-round when I was 16!
2. Dorset Criminals
Dorset, England Prison Admission and Discharge Registers 1782-1901 and Dorset, England, Calendar of Prisoners, 1854-1904 were recently added to Ancestry. I find these records really interesting and can really add something to your research. Snippets of common lives, not mass-murderers but petty criminals, of which there were many. Take a look, you never know who your ancestor really was.
3. Surrey goes online
Surrey County Council is digitising all of its content and will be publishing it all with Ancestry. This marks a great step forward and will help endless amounts of people researching their trees.
4. Ancestry subscribers hit 2 million
For me this makrs a quite significant milestone not only for Ancestry but for the online genealogy market in general. Launched in 1996 this is an amazing achievement. The market has grown considerably in this time of course but Ancestry has continued to add more and more records in a bid to maintain currency and relevance. In the past 15 years it has added over 6 billion records, a phenomenal number.
5. Findmypast adds millions of records
In the last month, Findmypast has added over 2 million new records to its site. In a bit to keep up with or challenge Ancestry, this marks another step forward. Brightsolid's company has really pushed them hard this year and I see no reason why it will not continue to do so. The only problem I have is that you really now havew to subscribe to two different sites, Ancestry and Findmypast. It won't be cheap to do both!!!
6. Falmouth records online
Cemetary records have been digitised by Falmouth Council for the first time and crucially can be accessed free of charge. Well done to Falmouth for doing this, not everyone is as enlightened as you! They can be accessed at www.falmouthtowncouncil.co.uk