Recent News Links

The term "recent" is relative in a genealogy & historic timescale and some items
maybe several years old and are provided as they maybe of some use to researchers.

Bar staff in Birmingham are being haunted by the ghost of Henry Skinner who was murdered
there 116 years ago. We have found details of the murder trial in our
British Newspaper Archive records. We love the detail you get in the articles. Click here.


On 12th March in 1984 the miners strike began at Cortonwood colliery which had been on
of the pits earmarked for closure. We took a look in our British Newspaper Archive records
and discovered that there had been some unrest there over 100 years prior to that in 1881.

Footprints of Jerome Bettis' Family Tree Surname Database shared this link.

On 9th March in 1801 the first census was taken. It was only a head count though.
The total population of England and Wales was 8.87 million.
Where were your ancestors living in 1801?

1801-1901 - John Rickman conducts the first census of the population
and becomes responsible for the ten-yearly reports published between 1801 and 1831.

Royal wedding: Family tree - Mar 9, 2012
When Kate Middleton walks down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on 29 April, it will be to marry a future king. But while Prince William descends from a royal lineage that dates back centuries, the family tree of his wife-to-be reveals far more humble roots.
IT firm Brightsolid to digitise historic newspapers - Mar 9, 2012

Dundee-based IT firm Brightsolid is to team up with the British Library to publish up to 40 million pages from the national newspaper collection.

Penny paper newspaper

The newspapers to be digitised span three centuries
Historic newspaper archive opens - Mar 9, 2012

A historic British newspaper online archive has been launched.

The archive will have 120,000 pages added to it daily
Family history firm Brightsolid launches in US - Mar 9, 2012

Online genealogy company Brightsolid has launched a family history service in the US.

The Dundee-based firm unveiled its new website at a genealogy show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Barack Obama - Mar 9, 2012

Barack Obama: Experts trace Sutton-in-Ashfield ancestor

Choosing Sides in the English Civil War - Mar 8, 2012


From royalism and religion to money and women, Dr Mark Stoyle uncovers the complex motivations behind the choosing of sides in the English Civil War.

King Charles II - Mar 8, 2012

King Charles II 'wanted' poster fetches £33,000

Charles II proclamation Charles escaped to Boscobel in Shropshire in 1651

A rare "wanted" poster for Charles II has been sold for just over £33,000 at an auction in Shropshire.

The poster offers a reward of £1,000 for the capture of the king, who had escaped after the battle of Worcester in 1651.

Auctioneer Richard Westwood-Brookes said the sale price was "astonishing". It had a guide price of £700 to £1,000.

The poster was bought by someone from the Boscobel area of Shropshire, where Charles II had hidden in an oak tree.

Mr Westwood-Brookes said: "I'm pleased that the British public are interested in our heritage to this extent."

Issued by Oliver Cromwell's parliament, the poster calls for "the discovery and apprehending of Charles Stuart and other traitors, his adherents and abettors".

Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, his son raised an army to try to regain the throne.

After defeat by parliamentary forces at the Battle of Worcester, Charles II fled to Shropshire, where he hid in an oak tree.

The monarchy was eventually restored with Charles II in 1661.

New West Lochaber genealogical database planned - Mar 7, 2012

People living in West Lochaber could help in the creation of a planned new genealogical database by submitting details of their family trees.

Family gathered near a tree People would be invited to submit their family trees
Royal wedding: Preparations begin for William and Kate - Nov 17, 2010

Detailed preparations are under way for the royal wedding next spring or summer of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Royal wedding: Prince William to marry Kate Middleton - Nov 16, 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton


Prince William to marry next year

Prince William is to marry long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton next spring or summer after the couple became engaged in Kenya, Clarence House announces.

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