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Why you need to know the Historic Counties for family history

An introduction:

For much of the history of the British Isles, the Historic Counties have been used as a means for denoting where a place can be found in the country. As such, for anyone with a family history project in the UK, knowledge of the Historic Counties is highly useful if not essential.

Key Points

  • Historic records (created before 1974) will refer to the Historic County. Thus it is essential to know the Historic County in which a place is located.
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