• Postcards – Lancaster Co, England 1901-1911

    Aug 17

    In the central western portion of England is the county of Lancaster. Many families over the decades lived in Lancaster in cities like Manchester but eventually immigrated to America especially in the early years of the 20th century. Lancaster University has made available online for Free a large collection of about 1,000 postcards either of place...


  • City of London Over the Years

    Aug 9

    Collage is one of London’s finest picture archives managed by London Metropolitan Archives (LMA), it provides free online access to over 250,000 images of London, England from the collections at LMA and Guildhall Art Gallery. These 250,000 photographs, prints and drawings as well as over 1,000 maps from the collections at LMA are available to vie...


  • British Images – 1 Million in Digital Form

    May 19

    The massive collection from the British Library covers all types of topics, not just those directly relating to the United Kingdom. They are on Flickr-Photostream and range from illustrations, pages of books (such as vintage Bibles), pamphlets, drawings, photos, booklets, and many others. There are over 1,023,000 such images all in digital format. ...


  • Sticky Backs and Photo Booth

    Feb 19

      It is the early 20th century and in England a fellow named Spiro Grossi, from Brighton, England, was a young man in his 20s whose occupation was that of a 'Photographic Printer' in Liverpool. He then moved to Manchester, where Grossi operated two photographic studios, one at 5 Marsden Square, the other at 84 Market Street. He developed th...


  • Railroad Men – WW I – UK

    Feb 3

      Since railroad travel became an important method of transportation beginning in the mid-1800s, those who work for the railroad systems across the globe have been numerous. You may have had an ancestor who served in some form for a railway system. To investigate one time frame and location, the United Kingdom's National Railway Museum has p...


  • One Name – Olde English Style

    Jan 21

    Nearly an 800 to 1000 years ago in England, most people simply used one name, not a given or names and a surname. Today we find a surname even made up of a person's father and mother's surname. However, back in olde England with much lower population, people managed with one name. Generally, the name was based on a person's occupation. So what wer...


  • English Christmas Cards

    Dec 17

    The very first Christmas card was commissioned by a United Kingdom government worker, Sir Henry Cole (1808-1882), in 1843 when he was too busy to write to his friends himself. Printed in black and white, they were originally colored by hand. The art design was done by John C. Horsley. These became the first commercial Christmas cards. Only a ha...


  • Using Linkpendium for U. K. and Ireland

    Dec 9

    If you have ancestors from Ireland or anywhere in the United Kingdom, the Linkpendium has links of resources for those areas. There is the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. With Britain having so many colonies across the world, there are links to colonial British colonies al...


  • English-Speaking Cultures Have ‘Smith’

    Nov 17

    You either know someone named Smith or even have at least one ancestor with the surname 'Smith'. It is one of the most common names in the English-speaking world. If you wanted to know the most common surname anywhere in the world, it would be 'Lee' or 'Li', especially in the Asian continent. Even other European nations have a surname which is s...


  • English Voter Registrations 1832-1932

    Oct 27

    [caption id="attachment_13348" align="alignleft" width="300"] SUFFRAGETTES[/caption] If you had ancestors living in England and Wales between 1832 and 1932, you will need to examine the Findmypast collection of about 220 million names of registered English voters as well as those in Wales. The records are part of the British Library and now on...