29th December 2013

When does Christmas officially end?

It’s now Sunday 29 December. Many people will already be back at work – some won’t really have taken a break over Christmas – and others […]
28th December 2013

Fruit and veg

From animals yesterday, to fruit and vegetables today…. Firstly, Strawberry. How many Strawberries were born in England prior to 1900? It would seem just four. Strawberry […]
27th December 2013

Working with animals

I have often thought that working with animals was a rather strange choice of occupation. No…. I don’t mean training to be a vet, but working […]
26th December 2013

What is the meaning of today, Boxing Day?

Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a ‘Christmas box’, from their bosses or employers. […]
25th December 2013

And the answer is….

…. the Reindeer murdered the Elf, Out in the Snow, on 20th December, because he opened my advent calendar! We were overwhelmed with the number of […]
24th December 2013

A very Merry Christmas

Firstly, thank you to all our readers who entered the recent competition – mathematical rather than historical but diversity is a good thing, right? We are […]
23rd December 2013

Reindeers, Elves, Fairies…. what next?

Although there were some Reindeers and Elves in the 1911 census, the angels and fairies were a far more interesting bunch. For some reason, angle is […]
22nd December 2013

Desperately seeking Santa

It’s three days until Christmas and the plot has already well and truly been lost. Regular blog followers will know that we enjoy searching censuses for […]
21st December 2013

I don’t want to change my name….

OK, so all researchers have come across this over the years, we are quite sure of that…. But just how many women marry men with the […]