Shining Sand and Sealing Wax and Other Fancy Stuff

In yesterday’s post, What Could You Buy in High-street in Oxford in 1778?, Mr. Jackson had quite collection of stationery supplies for sale from shining sand to sealing wax: Stationary Wares, viz. Writing Paper of all Kinds, Wholesale and Retail; Gilt, Plain, and Black-edged; Playing Cards, Message Cards, and Visiting Ditto, in elegant Compartments; – […]

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What Could You Buy in High Street in Oxford in 1778?

  ibles and Testaments, and Common Prayers, of all Sizes and in a Variety of Bindings, printed at the Oxford Press; – as also the New publications of every Kind; with the Magazines, Reviews, Weekly Numbers, &c. &c. &c. Stationary Wares, viz. Writing Paper of all Kinds, Wholesale and Retail; Gilt, Plain, and Black-edged; Playing […]

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Rebels Orders and the Battle of Culloden 1746

Copy of the REBELS ORDERS, April 15 Paroli R—–i J——s. It is his R—l H—–’s positive Orders, that every Person attach themselves to some Corps of the Army, and to remain with that Corps Night and Day, till the Battle and Pursuit be finally over, and to give no Quarter to the Elector’s Troops on […]

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Toronto Downtown Fire

Great Toronto Fire 1904

Just after eight o’clock on the evening of 9 April 1904, a policeman walking his beat in the cold and snowy Toronto night saw flames shooting from the roof of the Currie building at 58 Wellington Street, near Front and Church Street and called in the first alarm about the Great Toronto Fire. The fire […]

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Pounds, Shillings and Pence

Pounds, Shillings and Pence

Before 15 February 1971 when the United Kingdom and Ireland decimalised their currencies, English money was counted in pounds (£), shillings (s) and pence (d). The first attempt at decimalisation was in 1849 when the florin coin was introduced with a value of one tenth of a pound: The New Coinage: A proclamation by the […]

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Perfect Cup of Tea

How to Make Tea

The Scotch do not say “to make tea,” but “to infuse the tea,” which is more correct in every respect. By boiling the tea-leaves, you get from the a bitter principle, and you drive off the delicate perfume of the tea. For this reason, the teapot should never be kept hot by letting it stand […]

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Immigrant Ancestors Project

Immigrant Ancestors Project

This morning, I discovered a website called the Immigrant Ancestors Project. The Immigrant Ancestors Project, sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University, uses emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants in their native countries, which is not found in the port registers and naturalization documents in […]

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Sale of Beer Act 1854

Sale of the Beer Act 1854

The number of petitions presented in Parliament in the present Sessions against the sale of intoxicating liquors on Sundays is 213, signed by 50,248 persons; and 81 petitions have been presented for a repeal of the Sale of the Beer Act of last year, signed by 154,216 persons. Wrexham and Denbigh Weekly Advertiser, Cheshire, and […]

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Acquisitions

Findmypast Buys Origins and Mocavo

Findmypast Buys Origins On June 16, Find My Past announced that they bought Origins.net. Said Elaine Collins, the Partnership Director of Find My Past: We are delighted to bring Origins and its founder, Ian Galbraith, into the Findmypast group of family history brands.  By joining together, we are able to offer customers the most comprehensive collection […]

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Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing: Laura Jane and Florence Ethel Williams

My great-aunt Laura Jane Williams and her daughter Florence Ethel Williams have been on my ‘Most Wanted‘ list for a very long time and over the years, I have returned to their story again and again, sifting through the meager collection of records of their lives, hoping for one of those eureka moments. Today, I am beginning an experiment […]

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Party kills 500

Rave Kills 500 in Russia (in 1779)

One of the farmers of the brandy duty, who had made an immense fortune by his contract, proposed to give a feast to the inhabitants of this city (Petersburgh), in testimony of his gratitude to those who had enriched him. The victuals, the beer, and the brandy, which he caused to be served, cost him […]

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Family History Puzzles

Why I Like Genealogy

When asked by non-genealogists why I am interested in genealogy, I never really know how to answer in a way that they will understand. There are many facets to my interest (obsession?). I’m interested in the lives of my grandparents and great-grandparents generations because I can see the direct impact that their choices, their personalities […]

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Apps for Family Historians

Who Do You Think You Are? Podcast

One of my latest articles was published in the June issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine and I’ve just found the podcast interview about the article that I did with editor Sarah Williams. You can give it a listen here and if you haven’t picked up your copy of the June issue of […]

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Evernote Mess

3 Steps to Organising my Evernote Mess

I now have over 1000 notes and my evernote account is a MESS! Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE evernote! It does a fantastic job of remembering things for me. When I’m in the office supply store, and I can’t remember what kind of printer I have, never mind which ink cartridges to buy, […]

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Autosomal DNA Family Finder Sale at FTDNA

To celebrate reaching the milestone of having processed more than 1,000,000 DNA tests, FTDNA is offering their Family Finder autosomal DNA test at a discounted rate of only $79 US for the week of Father’s Day. Family Finder is an autosomal DNA test that automatically finds your relatives within 5 generations. It works by comparing […]

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