Discoveries in the Coastguards’ Index on SoG Data Online

During recent research, I came across an 1861 census entry giving the occupation as Coast Guardsman.  Knowing that there is a Coastguards’ Index on SoG Data Online, I logged into my account and searched for Joseph Wale using the advanced search.  Four entries appeared for Joseph Wale, all giving a date of birth of 1826 which aligned with the census data.

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Nottinghamshire Parish Registers on SoG Data Online

There are now over 90 parishes included in the collection of Nottinghamshire Parish Register Transcriptions on SoG Data Online, and more are being added on a regular basis.  These are being transcribed by John Mellors from microfiche of the original registers available at the SoG library.

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Hell Upon Water: The Infamous Prison Ships of England 1793-1815 - A One-hour lecture on 29 June

Paul Chamberlain will talk about the British use of prison ships during the Napoleonic Wars. Over 200,000 prisoners of war of many nationalities were held at Dartmoor, Norman Cross and in prison ships, or hulks, during the Napoleonic Wars. British prison ships had an ominous reputation and French prisoners dreaded being sent to one. Why did the British blame Napoleon for the increasing use of prison hulks?

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