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James Watt and the Industrial Revolution 1774

James Watt
This entry is part 7 of 6 in the series Industrial Inventions and Innovations

James Watt and the Industrial Revolution The inventor of the first practical and it should be said, economical steam engine was James Watt, an instrument maker from Glasgow who saw the problems with earlier engines such as Newcomen’s engine. A man with a fastidious eye for details, Watt saw the potential to improve the engine…

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Three Abraham Darby’s

Abraham Darby
This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series Industrial Revolution

Abraham Darby was the first man to use coke in furnaces, his son produced wrought iron and his grandson built the iron bridge at Ironbridge. 3 generations of the same family contributing to the Industrial Revolution.

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St Katherines Dock key to understanding life in London’s Docklands 19thC

Ancestors who were London dock workers would have been familiar with St Katherine’s Dock

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Great Migration of Canada 1815-1850

great canadian migration
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Canadian Migration

The Great Canadian Migration took place between 1815 and 1850 but what caused this migration and what impact did it have? Many people will have family history or family tree connections with Canada, people who will have been part of founding the nation of Canada

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