A Superb Family History Resource – Have you searched the Business Index Collection?

I like to think that at some time in the future our great-great-grandchildren will pour over our Facebook pages and Instagram photos as they track us down and create family history trees. Of course, they'll have to come into a place just like the SoG so that they can view such ancient technology. But I imagine them being very pleased that we left so much detail about our lives. In the same way that we're grateful to Booth for his London poverty maps, Pepys for his diary and Fox Talbot for his photos.

Most of us know about Booth, Pepys and Fox Talbot. But not many people know about the Business Index Collection, held at the SoG and transcribed on Findmypast. Honestly, the title really doesn't do the collection justice....

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Counting the People: Census Returns Online - A One-hour Lecture on 15 November

A census of England and Wales has been taken every ten years since 1801 and the surviving records now form one of family history’s key resources. The schedules for the years 1841 to 1911 are now easily accessible online but finding our ancestors isn’t always as easy as we like. Based on more than thirty years experience of working with census returns, this talk will introduce some essential  techniques for searching online databases and will provide some vital clues to help you track down your elusive ancestors.

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