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International Dog Day 2020

As today, 26 August 2020, is International Dog Day we take a closer look at the canine connections in the Deceased Online database Monument to William French and the dog he rescued in St Pancras Cemetery, north London Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert, Animal Rescue Advocate, Conservationist, Dog Trainer and Author,  Colleen Paige began  International Dog Day in 2004. It is now  celebrated annually on  August 26th. In honour of the day, we wanted to celebrate the bravery and canine love of 50-year-old  William French  who drowned 13 July 1896 while rescuing a dog in Highgate Ponds on the east side of Hampstead Heath, now in the London borough of Camden.  The Referee newspaper of 19 July 1896 gave details of the inquest, held the previous Wednesday:  He had gone with some  companions to the ponds near Parliament Hill, Highgate, and had taken with him the dog of his employer. The dog, a Manchester terrier, after swimming a short distance, seemed to be in difficulties, and, fearing that

Book Competition

This week we're offering a chance to win a copy of the second edition of  Tracing Your Ancestors Using the Census by Emma Jolly (Pen & Sword, 2020). The book, which was published this week, is aimed at all family historians, whether experienced or beginners, and explores the full history of the census in the UK while giving hints and tips on how to find your ancestors. English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish censuses are all explored thoroughly, with differences noted between the census questions and the manner of enumeration in the respective regions. The format of the book is chronological and includes details on surviving early censuses and census substitutes. This latest edition brings the book up to date, and includes sections on more recently released records, such as the 1939 Register. Providing the researcher with a fascinating insight into who we were in the past, Emma Jolly’s new handbook is a useful tool for anyone keen to discover their family history. With detailed, a