A new feature on family history site Ancestry allows users to search a database of 67,000 18th- and 19th-century convicts

Ancestry: The tea-leafs on your family tree

Granny Muston has a game she plays. We call it the "spot the criminal son game". It's a simple pastime requiring only the court file of the local paper, a sharp pair of eyes and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the family trees of just about everyone she's ever come across in the hairdressers.

<p>1. Norwich 100 – 27 May</p>
<p>£19.50, ind.pn/norwich100</p>
<p>You can choose between a 100-mile, 50-mile or 25-mile ride on this route, which skirts the Broads and winds its way through olde-worlde Norwich.</p>

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From the Dragon Ride in Wales to the Tour of County Tyrone, explore stunning scenery and get fit at the same time

Weymouth missing fisherman search called off

A search for two missing fishermen was called off today as rescue teams found their stricken vessel and its liferaft on the sea bed.

Hopes fading for missing Weymouth fishermen

Hopes were fading today for three popular fishermen missing since yesterday morning as coastguards found an object on the sea bed.

Environment Agency warns over river flood risk

People were cautioned to keep away from swollen rivers today as dozens of flood warnings remained in place after heavy rain across parts of England.

The water tower on an apartment block in Bow, east London, on which the
MoD are planning to station high-velocity counter-terrorism missiles

Security forces to test £1bn 'ring of steel' for Olympics

Inside a ring enforced by six ground-to air missile stations, RAF Typhoon jets will patrol the skies alongside naval helicopters carrying snipers from the Royal Marines, whose job will be to shoot down aircraft that refuse to turn back from the Olympic Park.

Almost 20,000 security guards will be deployed, including 7,500 soldiers and Navy personnel

Snipers, missiles and fighter jets over London: Get ready for a £1bn Olympic ring of steel

Nine-day training exercise will see missile practice drills and helicopter gunship flights

Fire ravages home on private Green Island in Poole Harbour

Firefighters are tackling a blaze on an island owned by a multi-millionaire.

Duke of Burgundy: 65% rise

Butterfly effect: rare species make comeback

Britain's butterflies encountered mixed fortunes last year, a study has revealed, with some of the rarest species being helped to recover by the record-breaking warm spring.

Police hunt killer of Worcester woman

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman found dead at her home in Worcester have called for help in tracing a 51-year-old man.

Derek Bridge: Giant of Minor Counties cricket

Derek Bridge was a man of many parts. By profession, a distinguished schoolmaster of long standing, for more than half a century, he also served the world of cricket with unswerving devotion. Here, his unstinting efforts, both on and off the field, made a most vital contribution to the game at all levels.

Search for ferry passenger halted

An air-and-sea-rescue search for a ferry passenger who is believed to be missing overboard was suspended last night after five hours.

'I want to get on with my life without £9,000 debt'

Wealth check: Our panel of independent advisers prescribes a dose of monetary discipline as the best treatment for self-confessed big spender Jonathan Newman

Bournemouth's beach 'better than most in Med' says survey

Bournemouth is a match for the Costas and the Canaries when it comes to beaches, according to a survey today.

Manager Harry Redknapp 'gets the best out of players' says Colin Clarke, late of Bournemouth

'The FA would be silly not to offer Harry the job,' says Colin Clarke

Redknapp's first buy insists the manager has the right stuff for England

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