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Intriguing Family History Resources, Tools and Techniques

To a new or an experienced family historian, it can be daunting confronted by billions of pieces of data and thousands of pieces of software and techniques available to grow your research.

  • The English Accent and Family History
  • Scotland's Valuation Rolls
  • People of Northern England Database
  • Medieval Soldiers List
  • C17th London Inhabitants

Helping you expand and extend your family history and genealogical research to help you gain new insights and make that next vital discovery.

The English Accent and Family History

The English Accent and Family History

What English accent did your ancestors speak with back in Elizabethan England? You might be surprised to learn that an American reciting Shakespeare is nearer to the mark than you or I.

Scotland’s Valuation Rolls

Scotland’s Valuation Rolls

The 1925 Valuation Rolls for Scotland have just been launched by Scotland’s People and are free to search.

People of Northern England Database

People of Northern England Database

The People of Northern England (PONE) database is not new but not much heard about either. This database is of the people in the Northern counties of Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland from the C13th. It is drawn from two types of material, one financial and one legal. The financial material is drawn from the pipe…

Medieval Soldiers List

Medieval Soldiers List

Although the Medieval Muster roll resource has been around for about 5 years it is worth visiting again. The online muster roll database currently holds just under 94,962 service records, which is an enormous amount of early data. These are taken from muster rolls, housed in The National Archives (TNA), for the years 1369 –…

C17th London Inhabitants

C17th London Inhabitants

London Inhabitants in C17th. These lists can be found free online at British History Online and are a fascinating read. As data gets absorbed into the big genealogical search engines it’s nice to re-visit old sources.

History Pin WWI Hub

Use the History Pin WWI Hub to share your WWI project and let others connect with what you are doing. Your project may be large or small but by sharing it, many more people will be able to make links and connections with you.

Mapping the London Blitz

Mapping the London Blitz

Mapping the London Blitz is a great project which has used the collated and mapped all the census material of all the bombs dropped during the Blitz 1940 – 1941. It is a fascinating resource for family historians with a connection to WWII.

Small Scale Time Lines

Small scale or local timelines are a super way of gathering masses of data and presenting it in a simple but informative way. Local timelines are also a good way for a whole community to get involved with a local history project.

Red Cross POW Records

Red Cross POW Records

The Red Cross POW records are now digitized and available online to search. For many family historians these records complete the story of their ancestors who served in WWI.

New DNA Studies

New DNA Studies

A new study of European DNA has revealed a third population group that make up the DNA of modern Europeans.