The civil registration of marriages after 1837 provides the genealogist and family history researcher with a most useful resource in getting further back in their family tree.

A census return may provide the names of the parents of a child, but the mother's maiden name can be conclusively proven from obtaining a copy of the relevant certificate or other record of marriage (e.g. parish register).

The example below is from a marriage dating to 1891.  The certificate provides lots of information:

 
The War Memorials Trust, with the support of the Imperial War Museum and English Heritage, is asking for volunteers to record the status of the UK's war memorials.

rootspast is getting involved and you can too by clicking on the link below:

http://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/
 
Our new blog photo was captured today during a walk through Coverdale in the Yorkshire Dales.  This old field barn is located between Horsehouse and West Scrafton, near the hamlet of Swineside.
 
Today marks the 125th anniversary of the start of construction of the Manchester Ship Canal.  Work started on 11 November 1887 and when it opened seven years later it was the largest river navigation canal in the world.

Construction of the canal was split into eight sections and first linked Eastham with Ellesmere.  The Eastham Locks were constructed at the mouth of the Mersey (and access to the open sea).  Through looking at the historic maps of this particular location you can see how the landscape radically changed in the space of a few years.

Below is a map extract from the Ordnance Survey map of 1872-74, prior to the Locks' construction:

 
In memory of all those who fell in battle.  Relatives in our thoughts this Remembrance Sunday who lost their lives in the First World War, include:

John Wilson, Private 14398 - 8th Battalion Devonshire Regiment
Killed Loos, France, 25.9.1915, aged 20

Arthur Wheelhouse, Sergeant 731 - 7th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment
Killed Ypres, Flanders, Belgium, 26.8.1916, aged 33

Leonard Jackson, Private 31272 - 18th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed Somme, France, 1.6.1918, aged 27

James Haslam Holt, L/Cpl 35737 - 22nd Battalion Manchester Regiment
Killed Vicenza, Italy, 13.7.1918, aged 33
 
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Today marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of British artist, L S Lowry, famous for his depictions of northern industrial landscapes and working life, and his matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._S._Lowry

Laurence Stephen Lowry was born on 1 November 1887 at No. 8 Barrett Street, Stretford, Manchester.  The first census record that he appears on is the 1891 census, which was taken on 5 April.  He is recorded as a three year old with his parents, Robert Stephen McAll Lowry and Elizabeth, both aged 33 and both born in Manchester.  Robert's occupation is a Land and Estate Agent Clerk. and the family is shown to be living at the same address as Lowry's birthplace  Below is an extract from the 1891 census:
The next census in L S Lowry's life was taken on 31 March 1901.  He is recorded as a 13 year old schoolboy, with his parents, now aged 43, living at 14 Pine Grove, Rusholme, Manchester.  A domestic servant, Lucy England (aged 20) born in Urmston, is living with the family.  The 1901 census extract is below:
The most recent publicly accessible census taken on 2 April 1911, shows Laurence aged 23 and an Accountants Clerk, living with his parents at 117 Station Road, Pendlebury, Swinton, Manchester.  A domestic servant, Alice Powell, aged 23, who was born in Shropshire, shares their home.  The census extract is shown below:
"We went to Pendlebury in 1909 from a residential side of Manchester, and we didn't like it. My father wanted to go to get near a friend for business reasons. We lived next door, and for a long time my mother never got to like it, and at first I disliked it, and then after about a year or so I got used to it, and then I got absorbed in it, then I got infatuated with it. Then I began to wonder if anyone had ever done it. Seriously, not one or two, but seriously; and it seemed to me by that time that it was a very fine industrial subject matter. And I couldn't see anybody at that time who had done it - and nobody had done it, it seemed."