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Records and Documents from the Past Paint a Picture

Edward VII at Balmoral Castle

I’m a visual thinker.

Every record I find provides information that helps to inform of the living conditions, financial circumstances,  physical health and social times of the people concerned. The more informative the record is, the more vivid is the picture it paints in my mind.

The best example of this I’ve ever seen are the Valuation Rolls of Scotland. I discovered them on ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk.

The one for Balmoral Estate was particularly interesting. I always thought of the estate as just a castle and its grounds but there was much more to it.

According to the 1915 Valuation Rolls, not only was the estate home to the royal family, but to the families of servants, merchants, farmers, gardeners, tradesmen, police officers and a doctor with responsibilities at the estate. To house all of these people and their families, the estate consisted of at least 38 houses and cottages. There were also other amenities present including stables, woodlands, gardens, a deer forest and grazing, a dairy farm, golf course, curling club, sanatorium (if you can call this an ‘amenity’), and there must have been telephone service, or at least plans to install it, as ‘telephone wire’ is listed.

It appears to have operated as its own little ‘town’. The only thing missing on the Rolls is the ‘mayor’ and council, and what town would need them with the royal family present?

Transcription: Baptism record of Elizabeth Chamberlaine of Harrington, Northamptonshire, 2 Sep 1676.

  The following is my transcription of two pages of parish records including that of the baptism record of Elizabeth Chamberlaine of Harrington, Northamptonshire of 2 Sep 1676.   Chamberlaine, Elizabeth; Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812 2 Son of Wm … Continue reading Transcription: Baptism record of Elizabeth Chamberlaine of Harrington, Northamptonshire, 2 Sep 1676.

Ship's Passenger List with Thomas Blythe and children.

Transcription – Ship’s Passenger List, ‘Ironsides’ – 1857

  Transcription – Ship’s Passenger List, ‘Ironsides’ – 1857   No.    Name                Age    Sex    Occup.        From        Headed to 205    [???] Langsberg        34    M    Farmer        Germany    United States 206    Maria Langsberg        34    F    Housekeeper    Germany    United States 207   … Continue reading Transcription – Ship’s Passenger List, ‘Ironsides’ – 1857

Transcription: War Diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917.

In honor of today’s ceremonies in honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who … Continue reading Transcription: War Diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917.

Transcription: Charles G. Blythe; Civil War Roster of the 8th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery.

Transcription: Civil War Roster of the 8th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery.

Following is my transcription of the Civil War Roster of the 8th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery showing ancestors Charles George Blythe and his brother John Mumby Blythe. Featured image above: Wisconsin state crest during the Civil War. ————————————- My husband’s 2nd great grandfather, Charles George … Continue reading Transcription: Civil War Roster of the 8th Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery.

Turmaine, Joseph - War Diary - September 15, 1916 - 1

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine.   Report on the Operation by 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, on the morning of September 15th 1916. ____________ 28 Reference Sheets COURCELETTE and LE MOUQUET 1/5,000. __________________________________________________ The Battalion left the BRICKFIELDS … Continue reading War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine