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This Halloween, from October 27 until November 2, free and unlimited access to all death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records, that were added to MyHeritage prior to October 2021.Includes some England & Wales databases.

The Common Room / Free Access to Military Records for US Memorial Day Weekend
« on: Saturday 29 May 21 06:11 BST (UK)  »
Fold3 until 23:39 on Monday 31st May.

and MyHeritage until midnight Tuesday 1st June.

I don't know which time zone applies to the cut offs. I didn't need to register or sign in to either site, though an Ancestry UK login should work on Fold3. I think people have found worldwide records, not just US ones, on other free weekends and a quick spot check for a UK soldier gave records on both sites.

The Common Room / Marriage Registers Going Electronic from 4th May
« on: Thursday 08 April 21 04:45 BST (UK)  »
I don't remember seeing anything about this before, and maybe it's just our borough, but my church received a letter on 1st April  announcing that the system for registering marriages is changing: the Borough will be legally responsible for registering marriages after the above date, and we will no longer be able to issue certificates. We have to surrender all the stationery and the registers and the relevant people have to do an online training course on the new system.

Fortunately, I photographed the registers some time ago so have only to catch up with the last few pages. Any church archivists out there should be warned that they're about to lose their registers. Hopefully, they'll be put in the borough archives, but they're not very accessible at the best of times. I await with interest how the register office will cope with emergency requests for copy certificates to be faxed to remote parts of the world for some legal purpose a couple of hours hence on a weekend.

I also wonder how the gravitas of the "signing of the register" part of the service will be affected by the happy couple et al crowding around a laptop or phone app rather than an historic tome. The minister, however, is looking forward to no longer being covered in indelible ink.

London and Middlesex / Old Pictures of Limehouse
« on: Saturday 16 April 16 18:41 BST (UK)  »
Another page in the London 24 series. 13 pictures 1900-1959.

London and Middlesex / Photos of 11 Old London Pubs
« on: Monday 11 January 16 16:53 GMT (UK)  »
Another page in the London 24 series:-

The Greyhound, Dulwich Village, 1900
The Baker's Arms, Leyton, November 1947
The Greyhound, Dulwich, circa 1905
The Admiral Hardy, Greenwich, circa 1970
The Black Lion, unlocated, circa 1955
Ye Old Dick Whittington, Smithfield, circa 1900
The Hole in the Wall, Sloane Square, 24th August 1938
The World Turned Upside Down, Old Kent Road, 10th March 1947
The Prince Alfred, Maida Vale, 15th August 1949
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, 1900
The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping, circa 1900

Previous pages in this series.

London and Middlesex / 1950s London Taxi Ride Video
« on: Wednesday 07 October 15 00:29 BST (UK)  »
Here. Scroll down for links to their other old London-wide pages.

London and Middlesex / Film Clip of Petticoat Lane Market in 1903
« on: Thursday 24 September 15 18:15 BST (UK)  »
See this page, which contains a link to some other old films.

Edit: Corrected title. Whoops!

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