Online National Register of Archives expands

The National Archives is funding a project to make available online 250,000 pages of the National Register of Archives lists. The focus of the project is on helping smaller archives to put their own catalogues online.

More Information at the National Archives Website

The day of St Patrick

Transport historian Brian Searle looks back at the life and times of the St Patrick, one of Weymouth’s most popular passenger ferries. The ‘Paddy’, as she was affectionately known, made her maiden voyage 60 years ago this month.

Read the full article in the Dorset Echo

Gaer Hill Church, 1858

The following is a copy of an article extracted from the Somerset & Wilts Journal of 28th August 1858, by Cecil Smith who lived at Gaer Hill from his birth in 1904 until his death in 2002. The old church stood on the site of the Old School House and was thatched. Although still marked on the OS map as a church, the building is now a private residence.

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History wakes up

Beneath the muck and dust of ages, Tyneham’s centuries-old farm is stirring. For nearly 65 years all that has moved through its stables and stalls are bats, creepy-crawlies and the odd range warden – but a new project is under way that will see these buildings restored and reopened.

Read the full story by Nick Churchill in the Bournemouth Daily Echo

The Oddities of Swanage

Another extract from Charles Harper’s book ‘The Dorset Coast’published in 1905 where he describes some of the monumental oddities that have made there way to this seaside town in Dorset.

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John Mowlem (1788-1868)

John Mowlem was born at Swanage, Dorset where he was baptised on November 9, 1788 the son of John & Hannah Mowlam, and worked in the stone quarries of the Isle of Purbeck with his father and three brothers.

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The Burning Cliff

This account of the events which occurred between 1825 and 1827 at Holworth Cliff near Osmington, Dorset were first published in 1905 by Charles Harper in his book ‘The Dorset Coast’.

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The Smugglers of Poole

This description of The Smugglers of Poole was  first published in 1905 by Charles Harper as chapter five in his book ‘The Dorset Coast’. 

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WeRelate is Your Genealogy Community

WeRelate is a free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy, Inc. in partnership with the Allen County Public Library. WeRelate is the world’s largest genealogy wiki with pages for over 1,500,000 people/families and growing.

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The Google Toolbar for Genealogists

A must use tool for any online genealogy and family tree researcher. This video show you how to easily install and use a special feature on the Google Toolbar that will reduce the strain on your eyes.

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