29 September, or Michaelmas, was one of the most significant dates in the lives of our ancestors?in the UK. Michaelmas was the feast day of St Michael and All Angels. It was also the day that marked the end of the harvest and of blackberry eating, and provided an occasion for socialising and merriment.
Michaelmas was not only a religious feast, but also had serious secular implications. Read on to discover some of the traditions that our ancestors would have experienced.
Each month, we’ll be using this space to highlight notable members of the Society of Genealogists. We begin the series with one of the most well-known names among the Society’s shelves.
Percival Boyd was born on 29 June 1868 in Clapton Square in north east London to Thomas Boyd, a draper, and his wife, Sarah. Boyd followed in his father’s footsteps to become a textile warehouseman.
Family historians often enjoy preparing meals that older relatives ate in the past, as well as passing on food traditions to younger generations. Another way of connecting family history and food is through exploring historic recipes.
Diana Astry's recipe book in the Society’s Library includes over 350 numbered recipes, which provide an important insight into the history of English cooking.
The website for The National Archives (TNA) is one of the most important genealogical resources available. A brilliant resource but can be scary to the uninitiated.
Simon Fowler shows you how to get the best from the website, including TNA's Discovery catalogue.
The Surrey History Centre holds over a million manuscripts, maps, engravings and drawings recording Surrey's history from the middle ages to the digital age.
Julian Pooley describes the wonderful range of information accessible to anyone interested in family history or the history of the county.
Paul Carter will demonstrate how to put your family history online, which not only aids sharing with family members but also acts as a means of connecting with others researching the same lines.
The content is aimed at beginners to web design who are interested in setting up a website and publishing their family history to it.
Take the next step in your family history journey. Actually, 12 steps. Treat yourself to some dedicated time each Thursday evening by joining us on our Family History Skills course.
Learn about essential records and find out how the important databases and archives work, to further your research.
Our ancestors appeared in many different types of courts – criminal, civil and equity – either as plaintiffs or defendants, criminals or victims.
First introduced in 1538 the Parish registers of the Church of England record baptisms, marriages and burials.
Many of our ancestors lived precarious lives and if they grew old and inform could not work or fell ill or bore illegitimate children they may have become a burden on the community.
Evidence of apprenticeship is more likely in 18th century than at any other time from town freemen records, London guilds, parish pauper apprenticeships and the tax levied on apprentice indentures.
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