Thursday, February 5, 2009

Free History records 1086 Domesday Book

Most of us will have heard of the Domesday Book but do you know what the content is and how old the book is?

The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time).

The original Domesday Book has survived over 900 years of English history and is currently housed in a specially made chest at The National Archives in Kew, London.

This site called 'The Domesday Book online' is fairly new and still has pages that are in progress. The lists of landowner's will be of interest to Genealogy researchers.

Well worth a good look.


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