When you research your family tree, you will discover not just who your ancestors were, but also where they lived. Place affected every aspect of our ancestors’ lives, dictating what sort of jobs they did how they fared and whom they met and married. MAPS The function of maps in ge..
Many British people, black and white, have ancestors who were black slaves in the Caribbean. As such, transported slaves, slave registers and details of those slaves freed when slavery was abolished. Britain was one of the main colonial powers in the Caribbean, holding(at various times): Antigua; the Bahamas; Barbados; Bermuda;..
Records to do with land can frighten people because of their esoteric names and legal jargon, but in essence, they tell you who lived where and what they did with their land. These are worth seeking and studying and, once you have mastered them, they can be absolutely fascinating. They are also one of the best sources to use if you want to trace your family back in ..
Gravestones found in Churchyards and cemeteries (and sometimes called monumental inscriptions ‘MIs’ for short), can provide detailed and often unique information on ancestors and their families and can be one of the most tangible remains of our forebears that we will ever encounter. Most tools used for tracing famil..
Records for who voted for what, or who was entitled to vote where, can be interesting in their own right, but their main use is in pinning people down to particular places and years, either to gain further genealogical co-ordinates on where they may have originated or to trace long-lost friends or relatives. ELECTORAL REGISTER..
The first mention of censuses is familiar to many of the Christmas stories. Caesar’s census will not help many modern family historians, but more recent ones will. Those for 19th century Britain can provide ages and place of birth, essential information for seeking births and so identifying earlier generations. Census ret..
"The rise of written records heralded a gradual erosion of oral traditions." Many of our ancestors appeared in newspapers and magazines, in birth, marriage, and death announcements, advertising their services as tradesmen or professionals, as parties in lawsuits, attending public meetings, suing for damage, being trie..
Directories are published lists of peoples' addresses and occupations, which in the 18th, 19th, and early-mid-20th centuries fulfilled broadly the same role as telephone directories do today. They are useful for gaining a snapshot of the communities in which ancestors lived. By searching a series of directories, they can give an idea of when our forebears lived ..
Manorial records can be a marvellous complement to or substitute for parish records. They record their own ancestors inheriting land, from large farms to tiny rented cottages and vegetable patches, generation by generation, often providing more detail and going much further back than parish records. Their slight drawback is that they can be harder to use, but they w..
In the early Middles Ages, manorial lords would keep a priest in their household, and usually ended up building a separate chapel for them to say Mass. Out of the Lord's manorial landholdings grew the parishes, and from the private chapels developed parish churches. Many parish registers were kept during the Middle Ages, bu..
If all your family born within wedlock, married once and stayed happily and faithfully married, you are likely to find tracing your ancestry quite easy – and probably quite boring. Events such as illegitimacy cause great problems to genealogists, but can also prove the most interesting overall. ILLEGITIMACY <p st..
Wills are written by people to express how they wish their property and money to be inherited when they die. Because people usually leave legacies to close family, they are immensely useful to genealogists wishing to learn about and prove family relationships. WHAT WILLS ARE While wills ..
Synopsis This article deals with maintenance under Hindu Marriage Act and several Personal Laws. This article will talk about how maintenance is a concept in current scenario and how it evolved over a period of time. Moreover, this article will further talk about provisions governing maintenance of wife and children. In the l..
THE FACTS OF THE CASE: The Supreme Court was considering an appeal filed by a father of a three and a half year old child against the conditions imposed by the Karnataka High Court while allowing him to take the child back to United States of America. Conditions were; </..