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Duff Family Register

We have recently acquired the very large but very tatty Victorian Family Bible of James (b. 1838) and Margaret (b. 1840) Duff of Oxendon Street, London. The Bible is missing it’s front board but contains a one page Family Register covering 18 individuals. The Bible includes an additional handwritten genealogy and family recollections on thin […]

We have just acquired this large Victorian Family Bible relating to the King Family of Plymouth in Devon, specifically George (b. 1844) and Sarah Jane (b. 1843) King, and listing their what we believe to be their only child Harry George (1877 – 1947) hs wife Florence Mary (1880 – ) and their daughter Mary […]

Is anyone able to suggest what may be going on in this Victorian Carte de Visite which I estimate dates to the 1850s (click for larger image) ? I’ve enhanced the contrast but posted the original scan below too. It’s a group of village musicians outside an Inn, but what is the name of the […]

We’ve spotted this impressive 17th Century Burchatt Family Bible coming up for sale at Bloomsbury Auctions on the 11th June 2015. It contains a lovely Family register with dates ranging between 1609 and 1669. Our Facebook follower Rachel Willis has provided us with the following transcript: John Burchatt the sonn of Thomas Burchatt baptised January […]

This small and distressed Pocket Bible of Edmund Crawley, a pursor of Hemptead in Hertfordshire (now Hemel Hempstead) is coming up for auction shortly with Keys Fine Art Auctioneers of Norwich with a guide price of £150 – £200. According to the auction report, the item contains copious manuscript notes relating to the life of […]

I visited St Ives in Cambridgeshire today and instantly recognised one street as being from a postcard I have on the website. I took a quick snapshot from memory so I could compare the scenes 100 years apart. I think I did quite well! You can see the original listing here