One question the Victorian Lives database will help to answer is how the likelihood to emigrate varied by occupation. For instance, a quick check of the current state of the database, probably over 90 per cent complete, shows that of those men who were working in mines in 1871 and had survived to 1891 at … Continue reading Withiel: stay at home farmers
Mevagissey: from Cornish fishing village to the city that never sleeps
Victorian Mevagissey has been described as a place ‘dependent on the sea’, with the majority of its men employed as fishermen, boatbuilders and mariners. If we include the whole parish rather than just the coastal settlement this is a slight exaggeration. In fact, almost a half of the parish's adult men in 1861 found work … Continue reading Mevagissey: from Cornish fishing village to the city that never sleeps
Maps for the surnames Callaway and Varcoe
You can find maps of these in 1861 for comparison here. In the meantime, if you want information on a surname that hasn’t appeared in my book or been a subject of a previous blog do let me know.