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Royal Air Force operations record books 1939-1945 | The National Archives

Royal Air Force operations record books 1939-1945 | The National Archives | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
These are Air Ministry operations record books (ORBs) for squadrons. Most of them date from the 1930s up to 1945, but there are a few from the First World War.
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Music hall showcase | The National Archives

Music hall showcase | The National Archives | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A unique collection of images which give an insight into the world of music from the turn of the century
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Mystery over WWII airman who went missing in desert: Family devastated after being told bones found near downed craft cannot be tested for his DNA

Mystery over WWII airman who went missing in desert: Family devastated after being told bones found near downed craft cannot be tested for his DNA | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The family of Dennis Copping have held out hope that bones located three miles from the perfectly-preserved RAF plane in the Sahara are those of the airman.
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Valentinian I - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Valentinian I (Latin: Flavius Valentinianus Augustus;[1] 321 – 17 November 375), also known as Valentinian the Great,[2][3][4][5] was Roman emperor from 364 to 375. Upon becoming emperor he made his brother Valens his co-emperor, giving him rule of the eastern provinces while Valentinian retained the west.

During his reign, Valentinian fought successfully against the Alamanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians. Most notable was his victory over the Alamanni in 367 at the Battle of Solicinium. His brilliant general Count Theodosius defeated a revolt in Africa and the Great Conspiracy, a coordinated assault on Britain by Picts, Scots, and Saxons. Valentinian was also the last emperor to conduct campaigns across both the Rhine and Danube rivers. Valentinian rebuilt and improved the fortifications along the frontiers – even building fortresses in enemy territory.

Due to the successful nature of his reign and almost immediate decline of the empire after his death, he is often considered the "last great western emperor". He founded the Valentinian Dynasty, with his sons Gratian and Valentinian II succeeding him in the western half of the empire.

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Paulinus of York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Paulinus (died 10 October 644) was a Roman missionary and the first Bishop of York.[a] A member of the Gregorian mission sent in 601 by Pope Gregory I to Christianize the Anglo-Saxons from their native Anglo-Saxon paganism, Paulinus arrived in England by 604 with the second missionary group. Little is known of Paulinus' activities in the following two decades.

After some years spent in Kent, perhaps in 625, Paulinus was consecrated a bishop. He accompanied Æthelburg of Kent, sister of King Eadbald of Kent, on her journey to Northumbria to marry King Edwin of Northumbria, and eventually succeeded in converting Edwin to Christianity. Paulinus also converted many of Edwin's subjects and built some churches. One of the women Paulinus baptised was a future saint, Hilda of Whitby. Following Edwin's death in 633, Paulinus and Æthelburg fled Northumbria, leaving behind a member of Paulinus' clergy, James the Deacon. Paulinus returned to Kent, where he became Bishop of Rochester. After his death in 644, Paulinus was venerated as a saint.

Paulinus was a monk from Rome sent to the Kingdom of Kent by Pope Gregory I in 601, along with Mellitus and others, as part of the second group of missionaries sent to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. He was probably an Italian by birth.[2] The second group of missionaries arrived in Kent by 604, but little is known of Paulinus' further activities until he went to Northumbria.[2]

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We have added over 650,000 new pages to our British Newspapers

We have added over 650,000 new pages to our British Newspapers | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Thousands more historical British Newspaper pages to search on findmypast.co.uk
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New Boer War records to search on findmypast.co.uk

New Boer War records to search on findmypast.co.uk | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Find your military ancestors in new Boer War records on findmypast.co.uk
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How Technology Is Transforming Archaeology

Transcript NEAL CONAN, HOST: Legend has it that the rainforest of Mosquitia hid La Ciudad Blanca, the White City. For centuries, explorers tried to find
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Hero who makes Biggles look like a wimp: He's flown more planes than anyone else in history - and took 2,000 Nazis prisoner single-handed. And now, at 94, he's telling his breathtaking story

Hero who makes Biggles look like a wimp: He's flown more planes than anyone else in history - and took 2,000 Nazis prisoner single-handed. And now, at 94, he's telling his breathtaking story | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
He has set aviation records that will almost certainly never be broken and is revered as one of the greatest test pilots of all time. But even if you take out the aerobatics, Eric Brown's story is remarkable, writes ROBERT HARDMAN.
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Royal Air Force combat reports 1939-1945 | The National Archives

Royal Air Force combat reports 1939-1945 | The National Archives | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Online records of Royal Air Force combat reports written during the Second World War.
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Naturalisation case papers 1801-1871 | The National Archives

Naturalisation case papers 1801-1871 | The National Archives | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
These records are naturalisation petitions completed by individuals applying to become British citizens between 1801 and 1871, available online.
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New excavations to find lost Pictish kingdom - Heritage - Scotsman.com

New excavations to find lost Pictish kingdom - Heritage - Scotsman.com | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS are planning a major dig to uncover one of the lost Kingdoms of the ancient Picts, the tribe of legendary warriors whose empire stretched from Fife to the Moray Firth before they mysteriously vanished from history.
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Private moments of the last Russian Tsar and his family captured on camera before they were executed by the Bolsheviks

Private moments of the last Russian Tsar and his family captured on camera before they were executed by the Bolsheviks | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The photographs of the Romanovs include Nicholas II teaching his daughter, Grand Duchess Anastasia, to smoke and his heir Alexei in naval regalia.
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Nicolletta De Gennaro's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:59 PM

There are a number of photos showing the early life of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas the II and his family.

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Is this the world's first playground swing? Newly discovered photographs show how children had fun in the days before health and safety

Is this the world's first playground swing? Newly discovered photographs show how children had fun in the days before health and safety | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
These incredible pictures which have been discovered by historians show what is believed to be the world’s first playground swing Wicksteed Park, Kettering.
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Octa of Kent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Octa (or Octha) (c. 500 – 543) was an Anglo-Saxon King of Kent during the 6th century. Sources disagree on his relationship to the other kings in his line; he may have been the son of Hengist or Oisc, and may have been the father of Oisc or Eormenric. The dates of his reign are unclear, but he may have ruled from 512 to 534 or from 516 to 540. Most likely the former of the to according to William of Malmesbury information about Orric's reign in Book I.8 of Gesta Regum Anglorum. Despite his shadowy recorded history Octa made an impact on the Britons, who describe his deeds in several sources.

The 9th-century Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, one of the most important sources for this period of history, does not mention Octa. It does, however, mention Hengist and gives Oisc as his son. However, Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, completed around 731, names Octa as the son of "Orric, surnamed Oisc" and the grandson of Hengist.[1] Conversely, the 9th-century Cotton Vespasian manuscript indicates that Octa was the son of Hengist and the father of Oisc.

Octa also appears in the Historia Brittonum, a 9th-century history of the Britons. According to the narrative, Hengist, who had settled in Britain with the consent of the British king Vortigern as defence against the Scots, sends for his sons Octa and Ebusa to supplement his forces. Octa and Ebusa subsequently raid Scotland.[2] After Hengist's death Octa becomes king of Kent.[3] Some manuscripts of the Historia include genealogies of the Saxon kingdoms; the genealogy of the kings of Kent names Octa as the son and successor to Hengist and the father to the subsequent king Ossa.[4]

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William Camden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Camden (2 May 1551 – 9 November 1623) was an English antiquarian, historian, topographer, and officer of arms. He wrote the first chorographical survey of the islands of Great Britain and Ireland and the first detailed historical account of the reign of Elizabeth I of England.

Camden was born in London. His father, Sampson Camden, was a member of The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers. He attended Christ's Hospital and St Paul's School, and in 1566 entered Oxford (Magdalen College, Broadgates Hall, and finally Christ Church). At Christ Church, he became acquainted with Philip Sidney, who encouraged Camden's antiquarian interests. He returned to London in 1571 without a degree. In 1575, he became Usher of Westminster School, a position that gave him the freedom to travel and pursue his antiquarian researches during school vacations.

In 1577, with the encouragement of Abraham Ortelius, Camden began his great work Britannia, a topographical and historical survey of all of Great Britain and Ireland. His stated intention was "to restore antiquity to Britaine, and Britaine to its antiquity." The first edition was published in 1586. The work, which was written in Latin, was very popular, going into seven editions by 1607, each considerably enlarged from its predecessor. The 1607 edition included for the first time a full set of English county maps, based on the surveys of Christopher Saxton and John Norden, and engraved by William Kip and William Hole (who also engraved the fine title page). The first English language edition, again expanded, translated by Philemon Holland (probably in collaboration with Camden), appeared in 1610.

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Find your criminal ancestors in our new Crime, Prisons & Punishment records

Find your criminal ancestors in our new Crime, Prisons & Punishment records | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Find your criminal ancestors in the new Crime, Prisons & Punishment records on findmypast.co.uk
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British Indiana Jones Examines Evidence for Jewish Origin of Papua New Guinea Tribe (INTERVIEW) | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

British Indiana Jones Examines Evidence for Jewish Origin of Papua New Guinea Tribe (INTERVIEW) | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
During the 1990s, Welsh professor Tudor Parfitt, known around the world as the “British Indiana Jones,” discovered evidence that the Lemba tribe in central Zimbabwe and northern South Africa has Jewish roots.
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Frozen in time: The clothes store left as it was on the last day of trading 12 years ago with £6 shirts and pastel-coloured bow-ties

Frozen in time: The clothes store left as it was on the last day of trading 12 years ago with £6 shirts and pastel-coloured bow-ties | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
When Brian Moore retired 12 years ago, he couldn't bring himself to clear out the family shop in Bowes Park, north west London, so left it exactly as it was.
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