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Hidden black identities

Much work has been done recently demonstrating the presence of people of African origin in the UK for far longer than had previously been thought, notably Miranda Kaufman’s book Black Tudors. I recently came across the extract above in...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 28 Jan 2019

New Book – The Female Infidel

    Regular readers of this website will be familiar with its origins in the letters of the Lee family sent from Jamaica to England. This new book carries on their history to the next generation with the story of Fanny Dashwood who eloped...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 23 Nov 2018

Data privacy and GDPR

You may be aware that data privacy has been much in the news lately. Not only in relation to the mis-use of data gathered via Facebook, but also because on 25 May 2018 new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR for short) come into force across Europe...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 30 Apr 2018

The Iniquities of Apprenticeship

If anyone was ever in any doubt about the iniquities of the Apprenticeship scheme that followed the apparent abolition of slavery in the British colonies this little book lays out in graphic detail just how much more dreadful things became for those who...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 14 Feb 2018

Robert Cooper Lee – The Lost Miniature

I owe a debt to Michael Hardy who kindly obtained this much better copy of the image of Robert Cooper Lee from the Christie’s sale catalogue of 27 March 1979. When I call this a ‘lost’ miniature I am sure the owner knows they have it!...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 8 Apr 2017

Family Trees undergoing revision

Some readers will be aware that I am currently studying for a post graduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies with the University of Strathclyde. I am hugely enjoying the course, but one of the things I have learned is the inadequacy...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 29 Mar 2017

Crowdfunding before the internet

A Victorian Workhouse (http://www.open.edu/) We think of crowdfunding as a modern phenomenon. When a family loses everything due to a fire in their home just before Christmas, thousands of people respond to an appeal by their friends on the internet,...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 25 Dec 2016

Invisible Black British History

Only relatively recently have many people in Britain become aware that the presence of black and mixed race people did not begin with the arrival of the Windrush in 1948. Indeed we also forget that the ship was called the Empire Windrush reflecting...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 5 Oct 2016

New Slave Ownership and Estate records

  This is just a quick post about the new records available at the Legacies of British Slave-ownership website. Newly added to the existing records of the slave owners who received compensation at the time of abolition are records of 8000 of the...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 27 Sep 2016

All roads lead to Jamaica

Bamboo Avenue, Jamaica – early coloured postcard Well, genealogically speaking, it sometimes feels like they do ! Having finished my postgraduate studies until September I was asked to look into the origins of Dr Benjamin Bates (1737-1828) who...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 29 Jul 2016

Planting seeds and recording sources

  I am ever the optimist when it comes to remembering what I have done. I plant seeds in my garden secure in the knowledge that when they come up I will remember what they are – mostly I don’t and mostly they grow anyway. By the time...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 29 Nov 2015

Serocold and Sorocold – the Merchant and the Engineer

London Bridge – late 18th century – the waterwheels can be seen at far end of the bridge   I have written before about John Serocold and his son of the same name who were Jamaica merchants during the 18th century, based in London. John...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 13 Sep 2015

Time for an Update!

  It seems amazing to think that already four years have passed since I set up this website with the help of the lovely Alex Barrett of Wick IT Services. In that time I have written over a hundred posts, transcribed more than fifty Wills, uploaded...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 5 Aug 2015

How not to jump to conclusions!

Tenby Harbour   I had a salutary lesson in the dangers of jumping to conclusions in genealogy this week. As part of the work I did on the Hungerford Morgans from Bristol I had located the man I thought was one of the sons of the first James...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 13 Jun 2015

Brickwalls and a Bristol Linen Draper

  Brickwall is the term used in family history research to describe the situation that arises when you are completely stuck in trying to trace your ancestors further back. Sometimes the solution is not to try to batter your way through but to work...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 30 May 2015

Skeletons in the cupboard

  This week I have been pondering the issue of skeletons in the family cupboard and our attitudes towards them. I had been exploring the history of West Horsley Place in Surrey, recently in the news when it was inherited by Bamber Gascoigne but which...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 11 Apr 2015

March v. Ellis a bitter family dispute

 The Court of Chancery in the reign of George I  (source: Wikipedia) The case of Francis March against members of the Ellis family is very typical of 18th-century Jamaican Chancery cases. Many of these arose because of the early deaths of colonists...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 21 Mar 2015

Scotts of Ireland, Jamaica, Dominica and Nova Scotia

The New Year is a time for good resolutions and at least one blogger I have read recently has promised to post more often. I’m conscious that I have not posted regularly in recent months and will try to do better in 2015. I shall begin with a correction. One...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 6 Jan 2015

A Parcel of Ribbons now on Kindle

The book A Parcel of Ribbons is now available on Amazon Kindle   You can of course still buy the paperback from Amazon or Lulu.com and other outlets which has the advantage of being a physical book and of having the index. Kindle format still...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 14 Nov 2014

A Family Saga and A Theatrical Disaster

An imagined vision of the Brunswick Theatre collapse – hand coloured print   I have written before about the descendants of Scudamore Winde, the close friend of Robert Cooper Lee after whom he named his youngest son. Scudamore Winde made his...
From: A Parcel of Ribbons on 18 Oct 2014

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s={search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=london

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=Gunpowder%20Plot&exact=on

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.