Friday, 21 July 2017

England and Wales, Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has recently added a new collection of workhouse related records for England and Wales, as sourced from information gathered by Peter Higginbotham.

England and Wales, Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61439
Source: Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861, Peter Higginbotham, workhouses.org.uk


Here's the relevant part of the description:

On 29th June 1860, The House of Commons ordered that the name of every adult pauper in each workhouse in England and Wales, who had been an inmate for a continuous period of 5 years or more, was to be recorded. The report was printed on 30 July 1861 and listed 14,216 adults. When compared with the total workhouse population of approximately 67,800 adult workhouse inmates (excluding vagrants) the percentage of long term inmates was just over 21%.

For each union, the list shows:

'The Name of every Adult Pauper who has been an Inmate of the Workhouse during a continuous Period of Five Years'.
'The Amount of Time that each of such Paupers shall have been in the Workhouse'
'The reasons assigned why the Pauper in each case is unable to maintain Himself, or Herself'.
'Whether or not the Pauper has been brought up in a District or Workhouse School'.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Somerset records added to FindmyPast

The latest additions to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

Somerset Baptisms Index
Our new collection of Somerset Baptisms is an index to more than 2.1 million parish baptisms held at the Somerset Archives. The collection consists of transcripts spanning the years 1501 to 1917 and covers baptisms performed in 496 parishes across the county.

Somerset Banns Index
The Somerset Banns Index contains over 258,000 transcripts of original parish records. Banns are the public announcement in a Christian parish church of an impending marriage between two specified persons.

Somerset Marriages Index
Find out when and where your Somerset ancestors were married with over 1 million transcripts spanning nearly 500 years of the county's history. The records found in this collection are a combination of transcripts created by Findmypast from original registers held by the Somerset Archives and transcriptions gathered and created from original records by the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society.

Somerset burials index
Were your West Country ancestors were laid to rest in Somerset? Search more than 1.5 million transcripts to discover when your ancestor died and where they spent their final days.

British Newspapers
Over 1.1 million articles and 9 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers this month. New titles now available to search include:

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow
Knaresborough Post
Galloway Gazette
Forfar Dispatch
Fulham Chronicle
Hampstead & Highgate Express
Kidderminster Times and Advertiser for Bewdley & Stourport
Buchan Observer and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser
Carluke and Lanark Gazette

(Further details and links via https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2462591504.html)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Free access to Ancestry's UK military records

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) is offering free access to its UK military holdings over this weekend, via http://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/free-access - here is the blurb:

Our military history is on our minds at the moment, with the Passchendaele centenary and the new Dunkirk film. Don't miss this chance to track down your ancestors who served their country in WWII, WWI and earlier conflicts. From 21-24 July, get access to millions of records and find the military men and women in your family—all completely free.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 00:01 BST 21 July until 23:59 BST 24 July, 2017. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here (i.e. http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/uk_military_collections).

Good hunting!

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Not every document is on paper!

My wife and I returned from a short three day visit to Germany yesterday, where we stayed in Düsseldorf and visited Cologne (Köln). Whilst there I came across many forms of commemoration for people and events, including a statue of Otto von Bismarck (Germany's first chancellor), a sculpture commemorating the rebuilding of Düsseldorf after the Second World War, plaques commemorating all sorts of historic developments in the city, lovelocks on Cologne's main bridge, coats of arms, streetsigns, and a fairly new one on me, 3D printed sculptures of people, either as commemorative items in their own right or for putting on wedding cakes!

Just a wee reminder folks that not every document of use for family history research is on paper or parchment - and I wonder who is recording all that genealogical data available on the lovelocks...?!


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Discover Scottish Land Records (2nd ed) - now on sale

My latest guide book is now out, an updated second edition of my popular Discover Scottish Land Records title. Some of the links in it have been refreshed, some further context added, and new areas for research included, such as the usefulness of Scotland's ultimus haeres records for family history research.  Here's the blurb from Gould Genealogy's website., from where you can buy the book - an e-edition will be available shortly, and hopefully localised availabilty from Canada and the UK in due course.

Media: BOOK - paperback, 64 pages
Author: C. Paton
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781925323696
Other: 2nd ed., b&w photos, glossary, further reading, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

This updated guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland.

For centuries property transactions within the country were governed by feudal tenure, a system which was abandoned in England and Wales in the Middle Ages, but which continued in Scotland until 2004. But feudalism was not the only method by which land was held, with Udal Law, duthchas, leasehold and more competing as forms of tenure across the country at different times.

Connected with the rules surrounding property transactions were those associated with the inheritance of land and heritable estate, all of which are explained in great detail. From sasines to skat, from retours to precepts of clare constant, and from apparent heirs to heirs apparent, this concise guide will help you get to grips with one of the most exciting and useful topics within Scottish family history.

Contents:
Introduction to first edition
Introduction to second edition
Acknowlegements
1. Where were they?
- The vital records
- Parish records
- Census records
- Street directories
- Phone directories
- Valuation rolls
- Burgh assessmernt rolls
- Earlier tax and valuation rolls
- Newspapers
2. A Sense of place
- Maps
- The Statistical Accounts of Scotland
- Other gazetteers
- Forfeited estates
- Other National Records of Scotland collections
- Historic Environment Scotland
3. Land tenure
- Scottish laws
- Feudalism
- Charters
- Instruments of Sasines
- Protocol books and the Secretary's Register
- The Registers of Sasines
- Locating the records
- Pre-1781 sasines minute books
- Liferents and trusts
- Registers of Scotland
- Registers of deeds
- Tacksmen
- The end of feudalism
- Other forms of tenure
4. Inheritance
- Apparent heirs
- The Services of Heirs
- Precept of Clare Constat
- Types of heir
- Ultimus hacres
Glossary
Further reading
Index

To purchase a copy, please visit https://www.gould.com.au/discover-scottish-land-records/utp0283/. And if you are wondering where the cover image was taken - it was at Kinlochleven! :)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Deceased Online adds Crewe burial and cremation records

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

Cheshire East Records Now on Deceased Online

Cheshire East's cemeteries and crematoria are managed by Orbitas Bereavement Services, a company owned and controlled by Cheshire East Borough Council. There are now 130,000 records from the Crewe office available on www.deceasedonline.com. Records for the Macclesfield area have been digitised and will be released later in the year.


The area contains many towns associated with the industrial revolution and particularly textile mills; many specialising in silk, such as Congleton, Macclesfield, and Sandbach. Crewe is famous as one of the centres of the nascent railway industry of the early 19th century, as well as a centre for Rolls Royce engine manufacturing. Cheshire is also famous for its cheese, and Nantwich has hosted the International Cheese Awards since 1897.

The cemeteries in Cheshire East are the final resting place of many notable Victorians, such as William Hope, paranormal investigator and pioneer of 'spirit photography'. Paranormal investigator Harry Price proved Hope's methods fraudulent by marking Hope's photographic plates, and finding the resulting spirit photographs to be presented on unmarked plates. Hope formed the Crewe Circle Spiritualist group and after his death in 1933 was buried in Crewe cemetery.

All records for the Crewe area's six cemeteries and one crematorium are available on Deceased Online. These are:
• Congleton Cemetery – 500 records from 2004 to 2015
• Coppenhall Cemetery - 10,400 records from 1861 to 2015
• Crewe Cemetery - 51,750 records from 1872 to 2016
• Nantwich Cemetery - 11,150 records from 1870 to 2015 *
• Sandbach Cemetery - 3,950 records from 1935 to 2015
• Weston Cemetery - 1,150 records from 1908 to 2015
• Crewe Crematorium - 52,100 records from 1954 to 2009

The records comprise digital scans of all burial registers or cremation indexes and grave details for each of the graves and their occupants.

* There is an historic lack of accuracy in some of the original register entries of older records in Nantwich cemetery. There are some duplicated records but as we have no way of ascertaining the correct grave details in these cases, we have included them for the completeness of the data.

Other local records in the region available on Deceased Online:
Bolton Council (Greater Manchester/Lancashire)
Cheshire West and Chester
East Staffordshire Borough Council
Trafford Council (Greater Manchester/Lancashire)
Lancashire (removal of graves and tombstones records from The National Archives)
Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (memorial inscriptions)

(With thanks to DeceasedOnline)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Monday, 17 July 2017

NLS completes 25 inch OS English county maps coverage

The National Library of Scotland has completed its coverage of the 25 inch county map series for England (1841-1952), with some 85,279 sheets now available online.

The completely free to access maps are available to consult at http://maps.nls.uk/os/25inch-england-and-wales/index.html.



(With thanks to the NLS via Twitter)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Westminster Roman Catholic records added to FindmyPast

The latest records release from FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

Over 121,000 new Roman Catholic Parish records covering the Diocese of Westminster are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 94,000 records covering parishes throughout the Catholic Diocese of Westminster have been added to our collection of English Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms. Each record will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount of information in each transcript may vary depending on the age of the original record, its legibility, and the amount of detail recorded by the parish priest at the time of the event. Images may provide additional information about your ancestor such as the names of their godparents, the minister who performed the baptism, and the parent's residence. Some registers will even include notes about the individual's marriage.


England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

Just under 9,000 additional Westminster records have been added to England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages. Every result will display the original sacramental register and a transcript of the vital details which may vary depending the age and condition of the register itself. Most transcripts will list the couple's full names, role, date of marriage, marriage location and father's names.


England Roman Catholic Parish Burials

New Westminster records have also been added to our collection of English Roman Catholic Burials. Transcripts will reveal when and where your ancestor was laid to rest, the year in which they were born and the year of their death.


England Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records

Did your ancestor receive confirmation? Were they a benefactor of the parish? Explore more than 16,000 new additions to our collection of Roman Catholic congregational records to discover your ancestor's relationship with their local Catholic parish.


England Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

All of this week's new additions have also been added to the England Roman Catholic Registers Browse function. The entire collection now contains 756 volumes from the Birmingham and Westminster Archdiocesan Archives spanning the years 1657 to 1907.

(Original release at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-july-14th-2458806930.html)


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Friday, 14 July 2017

TheGenealogist releases Northumberland parish records

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist launches over 1.3 million Parish Records for Northumberland

TheGenealogist has expanded its UK Parish Records collection with the release of over 1,363,000 new records for Northumberland. These records make it easier to find your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials in these fully searchable records that cover the ancient parishes of the northernmost county of England. Some of the records can take you as far back as 1560.
In this release you can find the records of:

903,314 individuals in Baptisms, 157,329 individuals in Marriages and 302,378 individuals in Burials

Use these records to find the names of ancestors, parents’ forenames (in the case of baptisms), father’s occupation (where given), abode or parish, parish that the event took place in, the date of the event, in the case of marriage records, the bride’s maiden name and the witnesses’ names.

In these records you can find Grace Horsley Darling, the famous lighthouse keeper’s daughter who saved the crew from a shipwrecked paddle steamer. She was born on 24th November 1815, at her grandfather's cottage in Bamburgh in Northumberland and was baptised the following month.

Grace was the daughter of William and Thomasine Darling who, when only a few weeks old, was taken to live in a small cottage attached to the lighthouse on Brownsman Island, one of the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland.


Her father ran the lighthouse there and she is famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked paddle steamer Forfarshire in 1838.

It was carrying sixty two people when it foundered on the rocks, split in two, the survivors managed to clamber onto Big Harcar a rocky island and were spotted by Grace looking from an upstairs window. She and her father rowed out in a four man boat for a distance of about a mile and between them rescued the nine survivors.

Search these and millions of other records on https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk

Credits:- Grace Darling rowing out to sea, to save sailors from a shipwreck, in a furious storm. Colour wood engraving by E. Evans after C.J. Staniland - Wellcome Library, London

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

FamilySearch records update


 The latest online records from FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) this week include:

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(With thanks to Paul Nauta via email)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.