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How far back? That;s a frequent question when searching for ancestors. My answer is usually on the following lines. If your ancestors were agricultural labourers (like many of mine) not that far. If they were from noble families quite a long way and argued by some to...read more
Lord Liverpool led the government in 1815 following the Napoleonic Wars between 1803 and 1815. Great pressure was put on the for social, economic and political reform. However, the government introduced in 1815 The Corn Laws to protect British agricultural landowners...read more
Marriages, Allegations and Licences Marriages before 1837 in England and Wales conventionally took place in parish churches. From 1937 there was an option to choose a civil ceremony and avoid the trappings of a religious ceremony. Both before and after this date...read more
The Corn Laws were statures introduced between 1815 and 1846 to keep corn prices high. Price levels were set to protect English farmers from cheap foreign imports of grain following the end of the Napoleonic Wars. The Corn Laws were repealed in 1846.read more
The law that abolished the slave trade entered the statute books of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on the 25 March 1807. This made it illegal to engage in the slave trade in the British Colonies. Despite this trafficking, between the Caribbean...read more
The Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805 A famous battle indeed. Won under the leadership of Admiral Lord Nelson who lost his life in the battle. Nevertheless the British fleet with twenty seven ships of the line with six others defeated the combined forces of the...read more
The Acts of Union 1801 was an agreement that united England, Scotland and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.read more
Beginning of the French Revolution - One of them!read more
Genealogical records come in a variety of forms. But, how much can we rely on them? At the heart of any genealogical are vital birth, marriage and death records. They mark the beginning the middle and the end. Two events are inevitable; the third optional and can be...read more