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Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island, Hinckley, Leicestershire  ·  Secret Lives is an International Genealogical Conference being held on 31st August to 2nd September 2018
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Images of caskets that popped out of the saturated soil during the Flood of ‘94 still haunts many who went through the disaster two decades ago.  (Albany Herald file photo)

ALBANY — As the flood waters of the greatest natural disaster in the region’s history bore down on the people of Albany and Southwest Georgia, thousands upon thousands of them chased from their homes — many of whom would never return

Restored headstone of Scipio Africanus, churchyard of St Mary's in Bristol, England.

Grave of a teenage servant/slave, Scipio Africanus. NOTE: the occasional "y" that's inscribed on the stone stands for "ye," which in England of old simply meant "the." Substitute the word "the" for the "y" and the engraving will make more sense.

18th century grave with ornate cast iron cover, St mary and St Chad parish Church , Brewood, Staffordshire, England All Original Photography by http://vwcampervan-aldridge.tumblr.com

century grave with ornate cast iron cover, St mary and St Chad parish Church , Brewood, Staffordshire, England (inspiration)

Vampires Grave in Malew Churchyard © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

This grave in Malew Churchyard on the Isle of Man is supposed to be the resting place of an alleged vampire called Mr. Mrs Hassal is also interred here.

Two children stand at the grave of Simon. Simon the cat is credited with helping save the lives of Royal Navy officers during the Chinese civil war in 1949. He protected food stores from a rat infestation during a siege.

Two children stand at the grave of Simon the cat credited with helping save the lives of Royal Navy officers during the Chinese civil war in He protected food stores from a rat infestation during a siege.

Wilma van den Brink received in 2008 her M.A. in Economic and Social History. In her thesis she analyzed the impact of economic growth on the prostitution market in the Netherlands and specifically the Dutch city of Haarlem from 1850-1900. She will be speaking about "19th century British prostitutes in the Low Countries"

Wilma van den Brink received in 2008 her M.A. in Economic and Social History. In her thesis she analyzed the impact of economic growth on the prostitution market in the Netherlands and specifically the Dutch city of Haarlem from 1850-1900. She will be speaking about "19th century British prostitutes in the Low Countries"

Sylvia Valentine is now a doctoral student researching opposition to compulsory smallpox vaccination in Scotland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She owns her own research company, Recover Your Roots. her talk at Secret Lives is "Children in care of the Workhouse"

Sylvia Valentine is now a doctoral student researching opposition to compulsory smallpox vaccination in Scotland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She owns her own research company, Recover Your Roots. her talk at Secret Lives is "Children in care of the Workhouse"

Following on from her master’s degree, Lesley Trotter gained her doctorate in Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter for her thesis on the experiences of wives ‘left behind’ by emigrating Cornish miners in the 19th century. This is the subject of her talk.

Following on from her master’s degree, Lesley Trotter gained her doctorate in Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter for her thesis on the experiences of wives ‘left behind’ by emigrating Cornish miners in the 19th century. This is the subject of her talk.

Sue Swalwell has been researching her family history for over 35 years and has established a Swalwell One-Name Study which is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies. She will be giving two talks at Secret Lives "True, Public and Notorious. A Case of Georgian Abuse and Victorian Divorce" and "Hiding in the Chancery Cupboard. The Trials & Tribulations of an Eighteenth Century Wife."

Sue Swalwell has been researching her family history for over 35 years and has established a Swalwell One-Name Study which is registered with the Guild of One Name Studies. She will be giving two talks at Secret Lives "True, Public and Notorious. A Case of Georgian Abuse and Victorian Divorce" and "Hiding in the Chancery Cupboard. The Trials & Tribulations of an Eighteenth Century Wife."

An East London pet store in the 1890's with a wall of caged song-birds at Club Row.

An East London pet store in the with a wall of caged song-birds at Club Row. The Huguenots were known for loving caged birds.