Among the burial registers in the collections of the Society of Genealogists is the entry for Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1843-1880), who died in Funchal, Madeira. Bonetta had a remarkable life, surviving capture and the death of her family to become a goddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Bonetta’s wedding in Brighton in 1862 was a social highlight of the year, and her experiences help to illuminate a little-known aspect of Black lives in Victorian England.
1911 was an eventful year for historians and genealogists in London and the UK. The Society of Genealogists was founded that year, and the First Universal Races Congress was held.
Taking place in London in July 1911, the Congress aimed to challenge the racism of the day against a backdrop of rising immigration and growing interest in eugenics. The Congress was pioneering in many ways and featured significant Black thinkers of the day, including W. E. B. Du Bois (1868 – 1963)..
Stephen Bourne’s Black in the British Frame: Black People in British Film and Television 1896-1996 (Cassell, 1998) can be found on the Professions/Occupations shelves of the SoG Library. The book is remarkable for highlighting the lives and work of Black British performers over a century of creativity.
The book fills a gap in theatre, film, and television history, and provides some useful insight into Black stars, such as Earl Cameron CBE (1917-2020).
Get the most from your autosomal DNA test and interpret and use your results for further research, with Mia Bennett, Michelle Leonard & Debbie Kennett.
We will cover working with DNA third-party tools, methods and techniques for research, but also look at privacy and consent, including law enforcement.
To help you interpret your findings, Dr. Rebecca Probert explains the law underpinning where and how couples could marry.
Rebecca discusses divorce, bigamy, bereavement and remarriage. She examines the laws and social practices from the 1700s through to the late 20th century.
Join Len Reilly, Archives Manager at Lambeth Archives, for an overview of the Archives’ collections, many of interest to local and family historians.
The Archives’ holdings and collections include architecture, black history, geography, social history, biography and transport, as well as ephemera.
Do you have people on your family tree from Essex? Gill Blanchard aims to help you discover the main Essex resources online, in local archives and elsewhere.
Learn which records can be used for family history and also for local history research. Gill covers the well-known places and some hidden gems.
Our ancestors appeared in many different types of courts – criminal, civil and equity – either as plaintiffs or defendants, criminals or victims.
First introduced in 1538 the Parish registers of the Church of England record baptisms, marriages and burials.
Many of our ancestors lived precarious lives and if they grew old and inform could not work or fell ill or bore illegitimate children they may have become a burden on the community.
Evidence of apprenticeship is more likely in 18th century than at any other time from town freemen records, London guilds, parish pauper apprenticeships and the tax levied on apprentice indentures.
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