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The 1925 to 1927 Rating Valuation Maps

We have scanned in and made available online our 1925-1927 rating valuation maps [ref: DV2] and you can access them and learn more about this important collection here.

Online content at Ancestry.co.uk and FindMyPast.co.uk

We have had some of our original documents digitised by the two leading family history websites.  You can have free access to these records at the Archives Service or possibly via your local library service if they have a corporate subscription to either Ancestry or Find My Past.

Land Tax records at Ancestry 

Valuation Records at Ancestry

Petty Sessions records at Ancestry

Electoral Registers 1832-1986 at Ancestry

Pre-1914 School Logbooks & Admission Registers at Find My Past

 

Gaol Registers 

Levi Welch [QGV10-4-150]

Our online database is a transcript of the surviving registers for Bedford Gaol and House of Correction.  The database currently covers 1770-1898 and new records are added each month. Only 172 of the 45,000 entries in the registers included photographs.  Please note that recent versions of Internet Explorer will not work with the database and searches will return no results. If this happens please use an alternative browser.

 

Centenary of World War One

Soldiers at Biscot [Z1306-75-16-14]
Soldiers at Biscot [Z1306/75/16/14]

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service will be telling the story of the people of Bedfordshire during the First World War through two online blogs.

Bedfordshire At War: From the Frontline www.bedsatwar.blogspot.com focuses on the war itself, with daily reports from the Front in the style of a modern war correspondent.  It will include a daily roll of honour naming all the officers and men of the Bedfordshire Regiment and Bedfordshire Yeomanry listed as killed on that date.

Bedfordshire At War: The Homefront www.bedshomefront.blogspot.com looks at individuals and events across the county of Bedfordshire, with newspaper style reports illustrated where possible by contemporary photographs.

Both blogs can be followed on Twitter: @BedsAtWar

 

Paths to Crime

A number of resources were created by the Paths to Crime project to catalogue the Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions Rolls from 1831-1900 including two Paths to Crime Walks through Harrold, Odell and Sharnbrook.

Elevation of Up End School in 1854 [AD3865-23-2]

Schools Resources

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Source Lists

 

 

Female workers at Short Brothers about 1918 [Z50-142-461]

 

Two detailed lists of sources for those researching particular groups in society: 

Ethnic Sources List

Women's History Sources

 

 

Online Exhibitions

A series of occasional online exhibitions to coincide with national campaigns and events such as the London Olympics

Bedfordshire Sport

Disabled People in History

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