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Remember the WDYTYA when Mark Gatiss discovered his ancestral home in Ireland? “Wonderful to find something as tangible as this… a homestead.” Don’t you think every family historian should have that ‘homestead moment’? We recently took a friend walkabout in our (non-identical) ‘twin’ villages of East and West Leake.  A little online research using Ancestry…

Points of reference

What are the horizons of history?  We’re all familiar with the watershed between ‘Prehistory’ and ‘History’ – the survival of written records – but there’s a more recent horizon of around 200 years in the British Isles.  It’s the advent of accurate large scale mapping. Landmark Solutions will sell you ‘Highly accurate georeferenced data’ back…