July 2015 - Genes Reunited Blog

Top tip - Genes Reunited blogs

Welcome to the new Genes Reunited blog!

  • We regularly add blogs covering a variety of topics. You can add your own comments at the bottom.
  • The Genes Reunited Team will be writing blogs and keeping you up to date with changes happening on the site.
  • In the future we hope to have guest bloggers that will be able to give you tips and advice as to how to trace your family history.
  • The blogs will have various privacy settings, so that you can choose who you share your blog with.

The Criminal Gangs of 19th Century Britain


Published in Genes Reunited Blog on 13 Jul 2015 12:29 : 0 comments : 4850 views

The 19th century was a time of enormous change in Britain. Technological advancements made during the industrial revolution led to massive urbanization, completely transforming the structure of British society. Millions of working class people, who for centuries had lived in agricultural communities, were forced to relocate to the booming cities of the industrial north and the arrival of the steam engine meant that increasing numbers of immigrants were also flocking to these cities. Slums expanded rapidly, becoming tense and overcrowded melting pots where different social, religious, ethnic and political groups were forced to fight for their place in the new world.