Census Records on Ancestry

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Your Family History #1: Throstle Nest, Wortley

This week on the Secret Library we welcome guest author Tony Stead, whose personal research into his family tree and their connections to the Throstle Nest House of Wortley is reproduced below. This is the first in a projected new series, in which family historians will present the fruits of their labour. The Stead family…

Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes – A Beginner’s Guide

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Top Tips for Family Trees

Leeds Libraries have recently made Ancestry available to all Leeds library card holders, free of charge and accessible from home with a library card and pin number.* To complement this exciting development we will be publishing a series of blogs about starting your own family tree, both by using Ancestry and other genealogical websites. Starting…

Visitations and Pedigrees

This week, Librarian Antony Ramm explores Visitation records – a largely neglected but extremely worthwhile set of family history records from the 16th and 17th-centuries… Family historians will be familiar with the difficulty of tracing ancestries prior to the almost-simultaneous start of Civil Registration and Census records in the mid-19th century (1837 and 1841 respectively)….

Burial Records – An Introduction

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Owney Madden

Friday the 24th of April 2015 marked the 50th-anniversary of Owney Madden’s death.Owney – sometimes Owen – Madden was a legendary figure in American organised crime; a notorious bootlegger during the Roaring Twenties; an associate of Dutch Schultz and Lucky Luciano; the owner of the fabled Cotton Club; a childhood friend to actor George Raft…