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a railway accident
1 May, 2019

British & Irish Railway Staff Accidents – an untapped genealogical resource

At the start of the 20th century, the railway industry was the UK’s third largest employer, providing jobs for over 500,000 workers. Little wonder, then, that so many people have a railway connection in their past. But did you know that it was also one of the most dangerous places to work – and that […]

23 Apr, 2019

RQG Director – Speaker at Images Through Time Conference, Alberta Genealogical Society, Canada

Sylvia Valentine, a Director of RQG, will be speaking this weekend at the 2019 Alberta Genealogical Conference held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Sylvia’s talk is titled “Planning a Research Trip to UK Archives and Libraries”. Good luck and enjoy your trip Sylvia! https://www.abgenealogy.ca/speakers  

23 Apr, 2019

RQG Speakers at Family Tree Live

RQG have over 16 members and student members speaking at the Family Tree Live event which is scheduled to start later this week at Alexandra Palace, London. https://www.family-tree.co.uk/ftre/show/family-tree-live The current list comprises: Laura House, John Cleary, Dr Bruce Durie, Graham Holton, Tahitia McCabe, Michael Tobias, Dave Annal, Nick Barratt, Lucie Drouin, Penny Walters, Alison Spring, […]

Lunatics, imbeciles, idiots
2 Apr, 2019

19th Century Insanity

Lunatics, imbeciles, idiots and cretins – terms which in today’s society are only used as derogatory and insulting forms of verbal abuse were commonly used as medical definitions to label people with mental health disorders in nineteenth century Britain and Ireland. For those of us who are used to researching our ancestors, some of these […]