Male Servants Tax 1780 added to SoG Data Online

The reign of William and Mary introduced a number of inventive ways of raising income such as levying duties on births, marriages and deaths; window and land taxes. The Government of George II, heavily engaged in the Seven Years War and in need to finance their war with France was equally as inventive.  The Board of Stamps, established in 1694, imposed charges on legal documents and a whole host of other papers – from newspapers, pamphlets, lottery tickets, apprentice indentures, advertisements, playing cards, dice, insurance policies, gold and silver plate, hair powder, armorial bearings and legacies. 

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More than 12 million records available on SoG Data Online

Another milestone has been reached in the number of online records made available by the Society of Genealogists. The 12 millionth record added to the website was a christening entry for William Gudgeon in the parish of Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire.

Those with Northamptonshire ancestry will be pleased to know that 16 parish registers for the county have recently been added to the fast-growing site, thanks to prolific transcriber Derek Allen. Notes in the registers often give poignant reminders of a place's history – the Northampton registers refer to the “dreadful fire that consumed to ashes in a few hours 3 parts of our towne” in 1675.

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