Joseph Kellaway was reportedly born on September 1, 1824 at Kingston, Dorset, England the son of John Kellaway and Phoebe Fever,although census data suggest he was born in 1826, possibly at Stinsford.
Whether your ancestors owned large swathes of land in the north of England or came from a more humble background in the West Country, the chances are that somewhere along the line some of them will have left wills. In this podcast from The National Archives Podcast Series, Dave Annal looks at how to access wills and how you can use them to get a better understanding of what life was really like for your ancestors.
The January 1842 edition of The British Magazine and Monthly Register of Religious and Ecclesiastical Information reported on a service held at Burton Bradstock, Dorset, England on behalf of the new village school.
In 1918 Thomas Humphry Ward published in several volumes, The English Poets. The works of the poets being introduced by another author. The works of William Barnes, the ‘Dorset Poet’ were introduced by that other Dorset poet and author, Thomas Hardy, and it is that introduction which follows.
Another podcast from The National Archives Podcast Series. When you have been researching family history for even a short time, you will realise that the information shown on certificates is not always completely accurate! Sometimes this is the result of an honest mistake, or mis-interpretation of the question; sometimes people are being ‘economical with the truth’; and sometimes they just tell outright lies. Why? The answer is usually to do with money or sex, and sometimes both.
This description of Sherborne Abbey in Dorset is extracted from The Greater Abbeys of England by Abbot Gasquet, published in the United States of America, 1908 by Dodd Mead & Company.
John Palmer was born on 15 Oct. 1782, son of William Palmer, a small farmer in the parish of Charmouth, Dorset, and was bred a low churchman. In 1806 he came to London to seek employment, chanced to attend the services at the Roman Catholic Chapel in Warwick Street, Regent Street, read ‘The Garden of the Soul’ and was converted to Roman Catholicism.
In this podcast from The National Archives Podcast Series, James Cronan examines sources for tracing Excisemen, including staff lists and joining papers and will use cases studies, for example Thomas Paine. He will also consider the role of an Excise officer and how the Excise service developed.
Until 1884 this was ‘Bridport Harbour’, but with the extension of the railway it was renamed West Bay and it became the ‘sea-side’ resort for Bridport. This description of West Bay was extracted from Charles Harper’s book ‘The Dorset Coast’published in 1905. The postcard is from around 1930.
The first comprehensive survey of local authority archive services reveals a ‘postcode lottery’ of service quality across England and Wales. The variations in service mean that some irreplaceable historical records run the risk of not surviving for future generations.
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