1921 Census

The 1921 census for England and Wales and the Scottish 1921 census are due to be released in 2022. Here’s everything we know so far. England And Wales Census What date will the census be released? The census for England and Wales was due to be released in January 2022, but transcribing has been slowed …

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Dad’s Family Dilemma

When DNA solves a family mystery and confirms family rumours, that’s great. But what do you do with that information? Who was my paternal grandfather? Although my dad was fairly sure who his father was, he wasn’t listed on his birth certificate and dad never met him. I’m not going to use the man’s full …

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Family Surnames & Places

When I started to become interested in my family tree, I spoke to family members and was assured that my ancestors came from Wales and Ireland. Whilst that turned out to be true, it wasn’t the whole story as many of my ancestors also came from England. Ancestry DNA’s ethnicity chart (which I know is …

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Winter Hill Mass Trespass

My grandad told me many times that his father and uncle where at the mass trespass at Winter Hill near Bolton in 1896. As this is the 125th anniversary, it seems like a good time to write a brief post about the event. Today Winter Hill is probably best known as the home of a …

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Lancashire Genealogy & Social History Resources

A large proportion on my maternal family came from the historic county of Lancashire. Over the years of research I’ve found many online resources that have been very useful.

Unreliable Documents

When researching a family member, we rely on primary and secondary sources of information. Primary sources, such as marriage certificates, are usually the most reliable – but not always. When looking at my parents’ marriage certificate, I discovered that sometimes personal knowledge can be the most reliable source of all. My father’s name was listed …

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1939 Register On Ancestry

The 1939 Register recently became available on Ancestry. Whilst this is great news for subscribers who don’t have a Find My Past subscription, I’ve found that it’s not as easy to use as it is on Find My Past. Many of the Register’s entries only list a surname for the first person in each household. …

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Transcription & Original Errors

We all make mistakes, transcribers and the original form writers (whether they be parish clerks or census enumerators) included. As we know, it’s important to check original documents whenever possible and not trust in just the transcription, but sometimes the details on original documents should be taken with a pinch of salt. Bad Handwriting I …

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Vanished Streets Of Bolton

While researching my family history, I found that some of the streets people had lived on in Bolton no longer existed. I compiled a list and then used census searches to locate surrounding streets that still exist, along Old Maps Online, to pinpoint their locations. This is by no means a complete list of all …

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