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Preserving fragments of local history

Rumour had it that my family had run a boarding house during the war. Until I inherited family paperwork from my mother, no evidence of this could be found, either in local directories or other records at the local museum and archives. In amongst the paperwork was a...

Do you have relatives connected to Netley Abbey?

Do you have any relatives who lived or worked in Netley Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire or the Royal Victoria Military Hospital? If so, Julie Green and Brenda Findlay of Netley Abbey Matters would love to hear from you. Julie and Brenda are collating stories and details...

The Cinemas of Shipman & King

In the course of research into the life of my maternal grandfather, who died during my second year of life, it become apparent that he spent some years in his early career as a “chief film projectionist” on the Shipman & King cinema circuit. Shipman...

Postcards of Dorking – 1940s to the 1970s

A selection of picture postcards showing well known locations from Dorking in Surrey, between the 1940s through to the 1970s. These four postcards are just some of the many hundreds I inherited from my maternal grandparents. Some are used, some are not; others come...

Tracing Adopted Ancestors

So, you’ve been trying to trace a 20th Century ancestor. You’ve ordered their birth certificate, and find the marginal note “adopted” on their certificate. Does this mean your ancestor was adopted? Yes, it does. Modern adoption Formalised legal adoption began in 1927....