Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Free access to Ancestry's UK and Irish records

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), a free weekend's access to UK and Irish records:

FREE ACCESS 23-25 FEBRUARY*
Banish those winter blues – make the most of free access to Ancestry

Starting this Friday, we're giving you free access* to all our UK and Irish records for three whole days.*

*Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 23 February 2018 and will be free until 25 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT. 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 visit https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/uk_irish_records.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Monday, 19 February 2018

New County Fermanagh research guide from NIFHS

County Fermanagh in Ireland is an area that keeps yielding surprises for my own family history research. A couple of years back I discovered that a four times great grandfather, William Halliday, was born in Enniskillen (in about 1797); elsewhere, in Magheraculmoney parish, my Morrow family have stories slowly being uncovered, whilst my Mitchell ancestors from Breagho townland in Enniskillen recently yielded one of my biggest DNA successes yet, when it turned out that just about all of the family emigrated to Boston, Massachussetts, in the mid-19th century - with the exception of my two times great gran, who made her way to Scotland!

It is fair to say that Fermanagh is my as yet untapped genealogical frontier. Thankfully, with almost Jedi like insight, the North of Ireland Family History Society seems to have sensed this and produced the perfect research guide to help me out.

Co. Fermanagh is the fifth county based guide in the Researching Your Ancestors in the North of Ireland book series produced by the society. At 49 pages in total, and in full colour throughout, it packs a lot in with regards to maps, background information, and information on those all important resources for ancestral research.

The opening pages priovide a background to Fermanagh's topography and history, including information on the town of Enniskillen and the village of Pettigo, half of which is in fact in Co. Donegal, followed by an overview of some of the 'usual suspects', such as Griffith's Valuation and the Registry of Deeds. The section on 17th, 18th and 19th century census substitutes includes many useful links, followed by information on the census itself, with some limited returns for 1821, 1841 and 1851 surviving, prior to the full returns for 1901 and 1911.

The section on Church Records, listing what records have survived and where to find them, forms the main heart of the book, followed by detailed information on Gravestone Inscriptions, Estates Records and records from the Plantations. Various supplemetary records collections are further discussed, with notable sections on Newspapers, Directories, Grand Jury records, School Records, and Workhouses, followed by a detailed bibliography of Fermanagh based literature. The guide is rounded off with lists of useful contact details and websites to help further with research.

The NIFHS county guides are turning into a very useful library collection if you have forebears from the north of Ireland, with additional guides already available covering Cavan, Monaghan, Tyrone and Londonderry/Derry. The price for each is £6 plus postage.

For further details, visit http://www.nifhs.org/product-category/booklets/ (NB: the Fermanagh guide is so new it has yet to be added, but give it a wee while!)

 The new Fermanagh guide went on sale at Back To Our Past in Belfast.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Ancestry adds London directories and East India Company records

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added a new collection of London directories and records of interest for India - here are the descriptions:

London, England, City Directories, 1736-1943
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61265
Source: London Directories held by the London Metropolitan Archives, London, England. Images produced by permission of the City of London Corporation. The City of London gives no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB (email: ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk). Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action.

About London, England, City Directories, 1736-1943

This database is a collection of directories for London from 1736 to 1943. Various types of directories exist, including:
  • Street: listing of residents, businesses, and tradesmen according to street address
  • Commercial: includes businesses, but may also include private residences; generally an alphabetical listing of traders
  • Trade: not just for businesses, but anyone with a recognized trade or profession; an alphabetical listing of trades and businesses
  • Court: lists wealthy residents and government officials
  • Post Office: listing of householder's names and addresses

UK, Registers of Employees of the East India Company and the India Office, 1746-1939
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61468
Source: The Wohl Library of the Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, England, Registers of Employees of the East India company from 1707 to 1861 and the India Office from 1862 to 1947.

About These Records

The records list the employees, both civil and military, of the East India Company and later, the India Office. You may be able to find (where available):
  • Name
  • Military Rank
  • Place of residence or military service
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Date of marriage
  • Name of parents


Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Back To Our Past in Belfast - review

I’m on way back to Scotland after a fun day in Belfast at the Back To Our Past (www.backtourpast.ie) event at Titanic Belfast. This was the first time the event had come north from Dublin, and the first major family history event I have ever attended back home in Northern Ireland. So how did it go?


When I arrived at the venue, I have to say that there was little by way of direction in terms of how to get to the event, which was held on the fifth floor of the building. There was a table on the busy ground floor where an attendant handed me a copy of the Belfast Telegraph family history supplement, before pointing me to the lift. But outside the building there was nothing to indicate that a family history event was happening at all, and so it seemed there was little to lure in the casual passers by who might have been tempted to pop in.

This was only my second time in the Titanic Belfast building - and on my previous event I had only been to the attraction’s shop. Once on the fifth floor I was pleasantly surprised to see the event itself was held in the same room where the famous Titanic replica staircase is based - so I obviously had to get the relevant photographs!


On the genie front, I briefly bumped into John Reid from the Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connections blog (http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.co.uk), and then had a good catch up with Eddie Connolly of Eddie’s Extracts fame – his site has now been moved to a new domain at www.eddiesextracts.com, having been failed by the Rootsweb platform one too many times. There were many vendors from across Ireland, north and south, including PRONI (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni), the National Archives of Ireland (www.nationalarchives.ie), the North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org.uk), Irish Roots magazine (www.irishrootsmedia.com), the Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com), and many more - and even a fair few folk from Scotland, including fellow Scottish Genealogy Network members (http://scottishgenealogynetwork.co.uk), from ASGRA, Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (www.scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com), and Glasgow City Archives (which now has a new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowCityArchives).


After a brief catch up with a few Irish friends, I gave my talk, Finding the Irish in Scotland, to a packed room – thankfully, as this was my first ever genealogy talk ever in Ireland! The talk seemed to go down well, and the few books I brought with me to sell on the back of it disappeared within minutes (noted for future reference!).


I had a chance to talk to several vendors. The Imperial War Museum (https://www.iwm.org.uk) told me that the Lives of the First World War website (https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org) will be permanently moving over to the IWM platform in spring of next year, its remit to collect ancestral stories from the conflict now almost complete. I also spoke to Niamh McCarthy, a recent textiles design graduate of the University of Ulster (I refuse to call it Ulster University!) who now makes superb custom made embroidered family trees at reasonable prices (see http://www.etsy.com/shop/NiamhDesigns), and Christine Deakin from Co. Waterford based Irish Genealogy Solutions (www.irishgenealogysolutions.com), who supplies folders, wallets, acid free paper, binders, genealogy books and more, for all your genie needs.


Janet, Stephen and crew from PRONI were having a rare auld time, constantly busy, as was the North of Ireland Family History Society, which I renewed my membership with (I normally do so at WDYTYA Live, but this is now defunct). The NIFHS has a new guide book out on finding Fermanagh based ancestors (which I will review separately). I also caught up with Fintan Mullen at the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com), who was equally constantly on the go - the Foundation has a new book out also on Ballymacarrett and the First World War (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.no/2018/02/ballymacarrett-and-first-world-war.html).


On the DNA front, both FamilyTreeDNA (www.familytreedna.com) and MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) were active, and there was a separate talks stream on genetic genealogy, although I never got to listen to any of these talks (of the speakers here, I was able to catch up with Debbie Kennett and Michelle Leonard).


Overall, the event to me was perhaps a bit smaller than I was expecting, and slightly less busy than perhaps it could have been (although I was told it had been busier on Friday), but at times it was still quite busy, and the venue itself on the 5th floor was great. Of the large corporate records agencies, there was sadly no sign of Ancestry, FindmyPast or FamilySearch - but archives and societies were well represented. There was certainly an appetite for the talks (after my own talk ended, I managed to sit in on Brian Mitchell’s useful and well attended session on online resources).


Given a year or two to build up a profile in the north, this could become a good regular fixture in Belfast if vendors were inclined to return, but it did not quite have the buzz of the longer established Dublin based parent event - yet at least. It was a good first event, with lots of future potential, and certainly worth a hop over from Scotland for the day!

Here's hoping the event returns again to the north next year...


(With thanks to Maeve Rogan from the NIFHS for the use of one of the attached pics)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Finding the Irish in Scotland

Back To Our Past (http://backtoourpast.ie) kicks off today in Belfast!

A reminder that I will be giving a talk tomorrow (Saturday 17th) at the event entitled Finding the Irish in Scotland:

From the vital records and censuses, to records of hardship and success, the impact of the Irish in Scotland has been well and truly documented. In his first talk in Northern Ireland, genealogist Chris Paton, originally from Carrickfergus but resident in Scotland for over twenty years, discusses how to look for Irish settlers across the water through a variety of resources available both online and offline. 

The talk is at Titanic Belfast at 12.30 - I'll hopefully see a few of you there!

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

More Scottish monumental inscriptions added to FindmyPast

This week's update to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) includes:


Aberdeenshire, Banffshire & Kincardineshire Monumental Inscriptions
Over 21,000 records have been added to our collection of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire & Kincardineshire Monumental Inscriptions. The new additions cover 19 kirkyards across all three historic counties and consist of transcripts provided by the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society.

Norfolk, Electoral Registers 1832-1915 Image Browse
Browse through images of electoral registers from Norfolk, England, covering the years 1832 to 1915. The collection consist of 290 volumes containing over 161,000 records and can be searched by year, division, or borough. The registers will reveal your ancestors place of abode, qualification, and address. This collection has been obtained from FamilySearch.

Yorkshire Parish Records
We've added thousands of new additions to our collection of Yorkshire parish records, including:
Over 73,000 additional Yorkshire baptisms
Over 16,000 additional Yorkshire banns
Over 57,000 additional Yorkshire marriages
Over 18,000 additional Yorkshire burials

Nottinghamshire Burial Index
Additional records covering Catholic burials in Worksop have been added to the Nottinghamshire Burial Index. The index now holds more than 678,000 records from 1569 through 1905.

Connecticut, Town of Sharon Cemetery Indexes
Explore more than 4,000 transcripts of headstone inscriptions from eight cemeteries in Sharon, Connecticut. From these indexes you can discover your ancestor's birth year, death date, and burial place. This collection has been obtained from the sharonhist.org website. Additional information about the records can we found on the source's website.

For further details and links visit https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-february-16th-2535007461.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Eddie's Extracts new web address

Having previously been hosted on Rootsweb, the popular Northern Irish website Eddie's Extracts now has a new web address at www.eddiesextracts.com. On this you will find indexes and abridgements of newspaper articles, records orf deceased seamen, military rolls of honour, parish records, and more.

Have fun exploring!

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Cornwall parish records indexes added to FamilySearch

From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of February 12, 2018

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Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Free access to MyHeritage marriage records for Valentine's Day

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

Hi Chris,

We wanted you to know that to celebrate Valentine’s Day, MyHeritage has a special gift for everyone.

From now through February 15, all MyHeritage marriage records will be available for free, no data subscription will be required.

Enjoy your search, and please let us know what you discover.

Happy Valentine's Day!


To view the records visit https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-2020/marriage-divorce

(With thanks to Daniel Horowtiz)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its free live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott Hamilton; Brandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your Roots, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Natalia Lafourcade, internationally recognized singer songwriter; and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show's marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams.

"RootsTech 2018 offers over 300 sessions for those able to attend in-person," said Tyler Stahle, RootsTech marketing manager. "However, the 19 sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show's reach and give more people the opportunity to participate remotely in this world class conference." In 2017, streaming sessions garnered more than 50,000 views, and that number continues to grow each year.

The streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.

RootsTech Live Streaming Schedule

Watch at www.RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

For the full schedule of talks, please visit https://media.familysearch.org/popular-rootstech-2018-announces-free-online-broadcast-schedule/

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Royal Mint launches old coin authentication service

This one may be of interest to those with ancient hoards of coins in the attic!

“How much is my coin worth?” The Royal Mint launches new service to authenticate and value pre-decimal coins

For anyone who has ever wondered if their pre-decimal coin is genuine and how much it might be worth, The Royal Mint has launched a brand new service that will now reveal all. The 1,100 year-old organisation’s long-awaited UK pre-decimal (before 1971) coin authentication and valuation service is available via its website at https://www.royalmint.com/collector-services.

The Royal Mint Collector Services team has unparalleled knowledge on British pre-decimal coin history, and is well placed to help coin collectors gain a deeper understanding of their coins. Customers can choose from three levels of service - online, standard or premium - to identify, authenticate and value their coins. Customers of the Premium service will even benefit from Royal Mint certificate signed by the Deputy Master of the Mint to authenticate their coin.

Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint, said “As a trusted organisation with an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,000 years, customers have been asking us to value and authenticate their pre-decimal coins for some time.

“Following the announcement this year that we will be growing our presence in the collector services market, I am delighted that we are launching a service that makes the respected opinion of our experts more easily accessible for our customers.”

The Royal Mint itself holds one of the finest collections of coins, medals, artwork and minting equipment in the world. Coins can offer important insights into the history of the United Kingdom, highlighting the economics, technology, art, politics and ceremonies of the nation.

For more information on The Royal Mint’s authentication and valuation service, please visit www.royalmint.com/collector-services. Other facilities currently offered under The Royal Mint’s Collector Services include secure storage for valuable possessions from documents and artwork to collectables and heirlooms.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Ancestry adds records for Clare, Ireland

Added to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

Clare, Ireland, Church of Ireland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1744-1991
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61574
Source: Clare Church of Ireland Parish Registers, Church of Ireland, Clare, Ireland.

The Church of Ireland, part of the wider Anglican Communion, was the Church established by law at the time of the reformation, although the majority of the country remained practicing Catholics. The Irish Church Act 1869 (which took effect on 1 January 1871) finally ended the role of the Church of Ireland as state church. Two thirds of Church of Ireland records were destroyed during the fire at the Public Record Office of Ireland during the Irish Civil War of 1922. Up until the early years of the nineteenth century, registers were usually made up of manuscript volumes and this generally meant that no real uniformity existed in the data recorded. From about the 1820s, earlier in some parishes, pro-forma registers started to be used.

This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from parishes in the County of Clare in Ireland, with dates ranging from 1744 to 1991.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Ancestry adds three new Fife based collections

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released three new collections from Fife, Scotland, and one from England:

Rosyth, Fife, Scotland, Dockyard Employee Books, 1892-1967
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61425
Rosyth Dockyard Employmee Books, Fife Library and Archives Services, Fife, Scotland

This collection includes records of individuals who were employed at Rosyth Dockyard located in Fife, Scotland. Details are also included of places and dates of employment at other dockyards around the country, which explains why dates found within the collection precede the construction of Rosyth Dockyard in 1909. It was built at the orders of the Royal Navy, looking to strengthen their presence along the Eastern seaboard at a time when Britain was engaged in a naval arms race with Germany.

The Rosyth Dockyard Employee Books can be found in Dunfermline Carnegie and Galleries.


Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, War Albums, 1899 - 1916
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61645
Kirkcaldy War Albums, Fife Library and Archives Services, Fife, Scotland.

This collection includes four volumes of men from the District of Kirkcaldy posing in military uniform during both the Second Boer War (1899-1902) and First World War (1914-1918).

The first volume is titled 'War Album Containing Portraits of Over Two Hundred Fife Men Serving in South Africa and Groups and Views Connected with the War'. There are also four volumes with portraits of local Fife men serving in the First World War.

The Kirkcaldy War Albums can be found in the Kirkcaldy Galleries.


Burntisland, Fife, Scotland, Directory and Yearbook, 1892
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61423
Source: Burntisland Trade Directory, Fife Library and Archives Services, Fife, Scotland.

Directories were first published around the beginning of the nineteenth century; they primarily only covered cities and larger towns. This directory covers the town of Burntisland, Fife, situated on the south-west coast of the County. The town of Burntisland is a sea-port and a Royal Burgh and traditional industries include fishing and coal.


And from England:

Buckinghamshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1535-1812
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61538
Source: 'Electronic databases created from various publications of parish and probate records'

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

FindmyPast adds Devon records and Suffragette material

The following is this week's update to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Suffragette Collection Update
An additional 3,000 records have been added to our recently released Suffragette collection. The new additions consist of fully indexed newspaper reports taken from The Suffragette (later The Britannia). The paper was edited by Christabel Pankhurst and was the official organ of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). In 1915, the newspaper title changed its name to reflect the WSPU's patriotic ideals and was used to campaign for the war effort while retaining a focus on women's issues.

Suffragette Newspaper Collection Browse
Browse 271 issues of the Suffragette and Britannia. The collection holds issues from 1912 up to 1918 when publication ceased.

Missouri, Moniteau County Roman Catholic Marriages
Discover your ancestor's marriage details from this index pertaining to Moniteau County, Missouri.

Devon Baptisms
Over 30,000 new records have been added to our collection of Devon baptisms. The collection now contains over 2.6 million records of baptisms spanning 400 years of the county's history. Individual entries will contain an image and transcript of and original document. Records will reveal a combination of your ancestor's date of baptism, place of baptism, parent's names, father's occupation and parent's residence.

Devon Banns
An additional 39,325 records have are now available to search within our collection of Devon Banns. Banns of marriage, more commonly known simply as the 'banns' or 'bans' (from a Middle English word meaning 'proclamation', rooted in the Old French) are the public announcement in a Christian parish church of an impending marriage. Their purpose is to prevent invalid marriages by allowing anyone to raise any canonical or civil legal impediment to the marriage.

Devon Marriages
Over 79,000 new records have been added to our collection of Devon Marriages. The collection covers the years between 1507 and 2002 and consists of images and transcripts that have been made available online thank to the assistance of volunteers of the Devon Family History Society.

Devon Burials
31,351 new records have been added to our collection of Devon Burials. The collection consists of original Anglican parish registers and burial registers from Ford Park Cemetery and Torquay Cemetery.

Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Parish Registers Browse
This week's new additions to our collections of Devon parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials are also available to browse.

British in India
Over 56,000 records have been added to our collection of British in India records. The new additions consist contain biographical and service data on the families and officers of the East India Company taken from an index compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel Kendall Percy-Smith.

For further details visit https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2532662129.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Saturday volunteers at London Metropolitan Archives

From London Metropolitan Archives (https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx):

Did you know that on LMA’s open Saturdays our experienced family history volunteers are here to help? Our volunteers can offer a 45-minute consultation to show you how to use and get the best out of LMA sources for family history research. And they will do their best to help if you have got stuck with your London ancestors and need some new ideas to get your research going again. Find out more here. 

Our volunteers enjoy the challenges of helping people with their family history stories and benefit from the wider LMA volunteer experience including an annual celebration day as well as occasional extra treats such as visits and events. If you are already an experienced family historian who knows LMA’s genealogical sources and would enjoy helping people find their London ancestors, please contact us via ask.lma@cityoflondon.gov.uk for further details.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

British Newspaper Archive approaches 24 million pages

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) is on the point of reaching 24 million pages of content, with the site currently hosting 23,975,745 pages of content. The following titles and years of coverage have been added over the last 30 days:

Kentish Gazette
1874

Daily Mirror
1947-1963

North Star and Farmers' Chronicle
1895-1903, 1905-1911

Birmingham Daily Post
1973, 1975-1979

Congleton & Macclesfield Mercury, and Cheshire General Advertiser
1858-1869, 1871, 1885-1895

St. Neots Chronicle and Advertiser
1855-1886

Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette
1911

Milngavie and Bearsden Herald
1958

Eastbourne Herald
1958

Morecambe Guardian
1958

Darlington & Stockton Times, Ripon & Richmond Chronicle
1911

Portadown Times
1958

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times
1958

Alcester Chronicle
1911

Chard and Ilminster News
1911

Denbighshire Free Press
1911

Shields Daily News
1958

Nottingham Journal
1811-1812, 1827-1831, 1834-1846, 1848-1850

Irish News and Belfast Morning News
1911

Eastbourne Gazette
1958

Rugby Advertiser
1958

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
1911

Skegness Standard
1958

Lowestoft Journal
1911

Catholic Standard
1958

Isle of Wight County Press and South of England Reporter
1911

Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties' Advertiser
1958

Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire advertiser.
1958

Hampstead & Highgate Express
1911

Islington Gazette
1911

Coventry Standard
1873, 1875-1876, 1878, 1880-1888, 1890-1904

Northern Constitution
1911

Carrickfergus Advertiser
1911

Exmouth Journal
1911

Brechin Advertiser
1958

Coventry Evening Telegraph
1920-1921, 1924, 1955-1956, 1972-1979

Cornish & Devon Post
1911

Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser
1911

Ballymena Weekly Telegraph
1958

Shipley Times and Express
1958

Irish Independent
1911

Willesden Chronicle
1911

Eastern Daily Press
1911

Nelson Leader
1958

Kilburn Times
1911

Wharfedale & Airedale Observer
1911

Wicklow People
1911

Northern times and weekly journal for Sutherland and the North
1911

Ross-shire Journal
1911

Star Green 'un
1958

Worthing Herald
1958

Bognor Regis Observer
1958

West Sussex County Times
1874, 1877-1889, 1891-1892, 1958

West Somerset Free Press
1911

Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser
1911

Walsall Free Press and General Advertiser
1874

Chepstow Mercury, Volunteers' Gazette, Monmouthshire & South Wales Advertiser
1874

Kings County Chronicle
1874

Ballymena Observer
1958

Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette
1874

Peterborough Advertiser
1958

Londonderry Sentinel
1958

Belfast Telegraph
1911

Barnsley Chronicle, etc.
1911

Daily Telegraph & Courier (London)
1911

West Surrey Times
1874

Sussex Agricultural Express
1958

The Berwick Advertiser
1958

Penny Illustrated Paper
1874

Surrey Advertiser
1874

Biggleswade Chronicle
1958

Wexford Independent
1874

Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser
1874

Newry Reporter
1911

Royal Cornwall Gazette
1911

John o' Groat Journal
1911

Hamilton Advertiser
1874

Birmingham Mail
1911

Motherwell Times
1958

Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser
1911

Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette
1911

Cumberland and Westmorland Advertiser, and Penrith Literary Chronicle
1874

Freeman's Journal
1911

Worcester Journal
1911

Pearson's Weekly
1890-1911

Evesham Journal
1889

Clifton Society
1891-1892, 1894-1897, 1899-1916

Ally Sloper's Half Holiday
1885-1896

The Sportsman
1911

East Anglian Daily Times
1910

Shipping and Mercantile Gazette
1880-1881

Birmingham Daily Gazette
1926, 1931

Lloyd's List
1889, 1894, 1896-1897, 1904, 1906-1909

Northampton Chronicle and Echo
1881, 1896, 1899-1900, 1902-1906, 1908, 1910, 1918

Bristol Daily Post
1860-1864, 1867-1873, 1875

Clifton and Redland Free Press
1890-1895, 1898-1910, 1913-1931

West Middlesex Herald
1855-1858, 1860-1861, 1863-1870, 1890-1895

Reading Observer
1897-1898, 1900, 1903-1905, 1907-1909, 1912

Kinross-shire Advertiser.
1850-1852, 1879-1884, 1890, 1892, 1900-1918

Leicester Herald
1834, 1836

The Suffragette
1912-1918

Todmorden Advertiser and Hebden Bridge Newsletter
1877, 1896

Chris

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Ballymacarrett and the First World War: A sacrifice shared

Details of a new publication from the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com):

Ballymacarrett and the First World War: A sacrifice shared

Ballymacarrett and the First World War: A Sacrifice Shared is the culmination of the effort and enthusiasm of local young people intent on discovering the shared past of their communities. It explores the shared sacrifice during the war of those in Ballymacarrett and the surrounding districts, told through the personal stories of individuals who served. It includes a list of those who died from the area as well as case-studies which explore in more depth the stories of a number of those who died.

The study seeks to show that it is possible for almost anyone to research a Great War ancestor, and demonstrates the commonality of suffering and the brutal reality that the slaughter impacted all sections of society, irrespective of community background. Ulster Historical Foundation worked with local groups on a programme to learn more about their First World War ancestors and others in the Ballymacarrett community who had served in the conflict. It involved talks and visits to a number of local historical sites and archives, from which the individuals used in this study were selected by the young people.

Ballymacarrett and the First World War: A Sacrifice Shared reflects the Foundation’s on-going commitment to community and educational outreach and to telling the story of all the people of Ulster.

If you would like a copy of the book, it can be purchased from the Foundation's online bookstore for just one penny (plus p&p) - for further details visit http://www.booksireland.org.uk/store/all-departments/ballymacarrett.

(With thanks to the UHF)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

192.com adds electoral roll data for 2018

From 192.com (www.192.com):

Another major update to our live search data!

More than 300 UK councils have now supplied their records to us from the 2018 open Electoral Register (a.k.a. the edited Electoral Roll).

That brings the total number of new names and addresses added or updated this year to more than 16 million!

If you're looking for someone, even if you didn't manage to find them last time, get to 192.com and start searching now!


COMMENT: Note that historic data from 192.com for the years from 2002-2014 is available on FindmyPast via the UK Electoral Registers 2002-2014 collection at https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/uk-electoral-registers-2002-2014.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Farewell to Your Family History magazine

The magazine Your Family History, formerly known as Your Family Tree in the UK for most of its existence, is bowing out from the publishing scene with a final issue, number 192, for March 2018.

As Your Family Tree, this was the first genealogy magazine that I wrote for, with a case study for issue 40 in 2006 entitled Trapped in Brussels, detailing the story of my great grandfather's civilian family's existence during the German occupation of the city during the First World War. Since that first article was published I have had over 200 articles published in the magazine, including cover features, case studies, questions and answers, opinion columns, and more. There have been many editors, sub-editors, designers, and illustrators who contributed to the publication, and it has been an absolute pleasure to have worked for them all. I am particularly delighted to have an article in the final edition, looking at the Statistical Accounts of Scotland.

Each family history magazine on sale in the high street over the years has had its own unique contribution to make, and YFT in particular was a magazine that was not afraid to preach about the merits of technology within the family history world and the use of online resources, but it also covered all the traditional bases, with how to guides, detailed articles on the most popular and the least well known record collections available, book reviews, and Else Churchill's ever reliable opinion column on a monthly basis. But for me it will always be the magazine that I enjoyed writing case studies for, as with each article an illustration would be produced that in itself became part of my own family record. When my article on the Mount Stewart Murder was published in issue 43, I was so grateful to the editorial team for permission to use the accompanying image in a book on the same subject several years later, and stiull remains one of my all time favourite illustrations.


Your Family History as it later became is now passing to the great magazine memorial in the sky, but I want to wish Nell Darby and Andrew Chapman all the very best for the future, as their contribution to the genealogy scene still has a very long way to go!

The magazine is now available on sale in all good high street newsagents.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Over 650,000 criminal records added to TheGenealogist

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

Over 650,000 criminal records added to TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist has added 651,369 quarterly returns of convicts from The National Archives’ HO 8 documents to their Court & Criminal Records collection. With this release researchers can find the details of ancestors that broke the law and were incarcerated in convict hulks and prisons in the 19th century.

The new data includes:

● 651,369 Records covering the years 1824 to 1854

● Quarterly returns from Convict Hulks, Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums

These fully searchable records are from the The Home Office: Sworn lists of convicts on board the convict hulks and in the convict prisons (HO 8). They give the family history researcher fascinating facts that include the particulars of age, convictions, sentences, health and behaviour of the convict, as well as which court sentenced them and where they were serving their sentence.



Read TheGenealogist’s article “Criminal records of convicts on the Hulks” at: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/criminal-records-of-convicts-on-the-hulks-739/

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

National Archives launches Suffrage 100 portal

The National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) has launched a new platform to commemorate the securing of the right to vote for some women a century ago. From the site:

100 years of women’s suffrage

2018 marks 100 years since some women were given the vote in parliamentary elections and 90 years since women got to vote on equal terms to men. The National Archives has a world-renowned collection of documents relating to the 20th century women’s suffrage movement. The wealth of records come from a range of government departments and illustrate the huge impact suffrage campaigns had across government.

Suffrage 100 is part of the nationwide Vote 100 campaign



To view the new platform visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/suffrage-100

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Monday, 5 February 2018

PRONI lecture - Reflections on the Holocaust

The latest lecture to be presented on the YouTube channel of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni) is entitled Reflections on the Holocaust, a talk given by Rabbi David Singer on January 22nd 2018 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The lecture is available at https://youtu.be/DfAL5UVenGk, and is presented below for convenience.



For additional lectures from PRONI, visit the archive's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/PRONIonline.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Next Scottish Research Online course starts March 12th

The next 5 week long Scottish Research Online course that I will be teaching through Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (www.pharostutors.com) starts on March 12th 2018 - here's the blurb for the course, taught entirely online:

Scotland was first to have major records digitized and offer indexes and images online. It has also been a leader in placing resource information on the World Wide Web. This course describes the major sites, the types of information and data that they offer, the forms in which databases are presented and how to analyze results. You will learn to lay the foundations for searching a family, how to select best resources and what to do next either online or in libraries and archives.

Lesson Headings:
  • Scotlands People, Family Search, Ancestry, FreeCen: content, comparison, assessment
  • Essential Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration and Census Research Online
  • Searching in Church of Scotland Registers Online
  • Scottish Wills and Inventories Online
  • Take It From Here

Note: it is recommended but not required that students in this course sign up for the basic search option of 30 units at ScotlandsPeople (the cost is seven pounds).

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat - See How the Courses Work at https://www.pharostutors.com/howcourseswork.php.

STUDENTS SAID: "I particularly liked the fact that the course didn't just focus on the well-known BMD resources available, but on a much wider range of websites, including many which give extremely useful background information on the geography and history of the localities where our ancestors lived."

"a very knowledgeable Instructor"

Relevant Countries: Scotland

This course is offered twice annually.

Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start Date: 12 Mar 2018
Cost: £49.99

For further details, and to sign up, please visit https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102

I will hopefully see you there!

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

February events at PRONI in Belfast

The following events are taking place at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni), in Belfast, during the month of February:

February 2018
  • Suffrage and Society: Then and Now – Reflections on the Representation of the People Act, 1918
  • The Art and Science of Linen
  • War, women and the gypsy caravan: the emergence of Belfast's first female police officers, 1914-43
  • The contribution of the Indian Community through Trade, Migration and Cultural rites of passage
  • Western Front Association 2018 program
  • National Monuments and Buildings Record NI lecture series
  • Association football & Irish-born player migration to Britain & the USA, 1888-1939
  • Practical Workshop – Using family and local history resources online

For further details visit https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/talks-and-events.

Chris

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Royal Air Force centenary conference

2018 sees the 100th anniverary of the Royal Air Force. To mark the year, the National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) is hosting an academic conference entitled There will be wings: the First World War origins of the RAF on March 2nd 2018, in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the RAF Museum, and the National Army Museum. Here are the programme details:

Programme

09.30 - 10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.00 - 11.00 2 into 1: Wing Commander (ret'd) Jeff Jefford MBE and William Spencer (The National Archives)
11.00 - 11.15 Break and refreshments
11.15 - 12.15 Body and Soul – health and morale in Britain’s Air Arms: Dr Lynsey Shaw-Cobden (Air Historical Branch - RAF) and Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent)
12:15 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Air Vice-Marshal (ret’d) Dr Peter Dye (Cross and Cockade International) and Peter Hart (Imperial War Museum)
14:00 - 14:15 Break and refreshments
14:15 - 15:15 Keynote – The Creation of the Royal Air Force, Professor Richard Overy (University of Exeter)
15:15 - 16:00 Open Discussion and close



To books tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/there-will-be-wings-the-first-world-war-origins-of-the-raf-tickets-39324353199

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

English and Welsh marriage certificates to be updated

English and Welsh marriage certificates are to be changed so that the names of both parents to spouses will be recorded in future, rather than just the names of their fathers. This is already the case in Scotland and Northern Ireland - indeed, in Scotland, the names of mothers have been added since registration started there in January 1855.

For more on the story visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42919441

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Ancestry adds Wiltshire Wills and Probate 1530-1858 collection

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released a new collection, entitled Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probate, 1530-1858., sourced from Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. The following records are contained in the dataset:

This Collection

P1 - Records of the Consistory Court of Sarum. This was the largest court, representing the Bishop's own probate jurisdiction in his diocese. This court was able to "inhibit" the operation of certain other probate courts (Berkshire, Sarum, Wilts Archdeaconries, and the sub-dean of Sarum), in effect dealing with cases which would have come before them for 6 months in every 3 years. The Court also had jurisdiction over the Bishopric peculiars of Berwick St James; Devizes St John and St Mary; West Lavington; Marlborough St Mary and St Peter; Preshute; Potterne; Stert and Trowbridge with Staverton.

P2 - Records of the Archdeaconry Court of Sarum. The Archdeacon of Sarum had jurisdiction over the southern part of Wiltshire, excluding peculiars. This court was "inhibited" for 6 months in every 3 years by the Consistory Court.

P3 - Records of the Archdeaconry Court of Wiltshire. The Archdeacon of Wiltshire had jurisdiction over the northern part of Wiltshire, excluding peculiars. This court was "inhibited" for 6 months in every 3 years by the Consistory Court.

P4 - Records of the court of the sub-dean of Sarum. The sub-dean's jurisdiction covered the five parishes in and near Salisbury, namely, St Thomas, St Edmund, St Martin, Stratford-sub-castle and Milford (the inhabitants of the latter, having no church of their own, used St Martin's). The court was "inhibited" by the Bishop for 6 months in every 3 years. There are almost no surviving records for the years 1589-1610.

P5 - Records of the Peculiar Court of the Dean of Sarum. The Dean's jurisdiction covered The Close, Salisbury, 8 Wiltshire parishes, 7 Berkshire parishes and 27 Dorset parishes. The Wiltshire parishes were: Baydon, Heytesbury, Hill Deverill, Horningsham, Knook, Mere, Ramsbury and Swallowcliffe. The Berkshire parishes were: Arborfield, Blewbury, Hurst, Ruscombe, Sandhurst, Sonning & Wokingham, with the Chapels of Upton and Aston Upthorpe. The Dorset parishes were: Alton Pancras, Anderston, Bere Hackett, Bere Regis with Winterborne Kingston, Bloxworth, Candlemarsh, Castletown, Charminster, Folke, Haydon, Hermitage, Holnest, Lillington, Long Burton, Mapperton, Nether Compton, North Wootton, Oborne, Over Compton, Ryme Intrinsica, Sherborne, Stockwood, Stratton, Thornford, Turner's Puddle & Winterborne Thompson. Clifton Maybank was also under the jurisdiction until 1824 when it was united with Bradford Abbas and came under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Bristol and the Archdeacon of Dorset. For 6 months in every 3 years the Dean also "inhibited" the Prebendaries of Salisbury Cathedral, the Dean and Canons of Windsor, the Warden of Savernake, and various peculiars. (Information from the Return of Courts granting Probates of Wills and Letters of Administration, 16 April 1829).

P6 - Records of the Prebend of Bishopstone. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Bishopstone, North Wiltshire. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P7 - Records of the Prebend of Chute and Chisenbury. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Chute, Winterbourne Dauntsey and Chisenbury, Dorset. The Court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P8 - Records of the Prebend of Coombe and Harnham. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Coombe Bisset and Harnham Chapel, Wiltshire. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P9 - Records of the Prebendal Court of Durnford. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Durnford, Wiltshire. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P10 - Records of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Highworth. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Highworth with the chapels of South Marston, Sevenhampton and Broad Blunsden. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P11 - Records of the Prebend of Burbage and Hurstbourne Tarrant. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Burbage, Wiltshire, but not the parish of Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P12 - Records of the Prebend of Netheravon. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Netheravon, Wiltshire, including the hamlet of Chisenbury de la Foley. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P13 - Records of the Prebend of Wilsford and Woodford. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Wilsford (near Amesbury) and Woodford, Wiltshire. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years. Only 6 items date before 1628.

P14 - Records of the Prebend of Chardstock and Warnbrook. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Chardstock, formerly in Dorset, but transferred to Devon in 1896, and Wambrook, formerly in Dorset, but transferred to Somerset in 1896. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P15 - Records of the Prebend of Fordington and Writhlington. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Fordington, Dorset, but not that of Writhlington, Somerset. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P16 - Records of the Peculiar of the Prebend of Lyme and Halstock. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Lyme Regis and Halstock in Dorset. The court was "inhibited" for 6 months in every 3 years by the Dean of Sarum.

P17 - Records of the Prebendal Court of Netherbury. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Netherbury and Beaminster, Dorset. It was "inhibited" for 6 months in every 3 years by the Dean of Sarum.

P18 - Records of the Prebendal Court of Preston and Sutton Poyntz. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Preston and Sutton Poyntz, Dorset. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P19 - Records of the Prebend of Yetminster and Grimstone. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Yetminster, Dorset. The court was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years.

P20 - Records of the Prebend of Uffculme. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Uffculme, Devon. It was "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years. There are no records for the years 1554-1574 and 1576-1622. The earliest records are contained in a small register kept by John Toser, Prebendary of Uffculme, containing notes and memoranda relating to a variety of prebendal and personal matters. This volume, although repaired many years ago, remains very fragile.

P21 - Records of the Peculiar of the Lord Warden of Savernake Forest. Covers the parishes of Collingbourne Ducis, Great Bedwyn and Little Bedwyn. In some records, the official is described as the official of Sir Edward Seymour, within the parishes of Trowbridge, Collingbourne Ducis and Great Bedwyn. Collingbourne Ducis was "inhibited" by the Bishop for 6 months in every 3 years. The Bedwyns were "inhibited" by the Dean of Sarum for 6 months in every 3 years. After 1829 this court ceased: probate records from the Bedwyns will be found in the Dean's court (P5) and from Collingbourne Ducis in the Consistory Court (P1).

P22 - Records of the Peculiar of Trowbridge. At some time before 1717, Trowbridge became a Bishop's peculiar. After 1717, the probate work of this court was absorbed by the Bishop's Court, the Consistory Court of Salisbury, P1. No records survive after 1646.

P23 - Records of the Dean and Canons of Windsor. This jurisdiction covered the following parishes: Hungerford, Berkshire (including Charnham Street, Eddington, Hidden, Newtown & Sanden Fee); Wantage, Berkshire (including Charlton, Grove, Tulwick & West Lockinge); Shalbourne, part in Wiltshire, part in Berkshire (including Bagshot); Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshire (including Ogbourne Maizey and Rockley); and Ogbourne St George, Wiltshire. After 1840 this court was in abeyance in consequence of there being no official; the wills were proved in the Dean of Sarum's court (P5). There are several gaps in the series, notably for the years 1613-1639 and 1642-1667.

P24 - Records of the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. This peculiar jurisdiction covered the parishes or chapelries of Stourpaine in Dorset, Bramshaw in Hampshire, and Bishops Cannings, Britford, Homington and Southbroom in Wiltshire.

P25 - Records of the Precentor or Chanter. This peculiar covered Westbury, Wiltshire, with the chapelries of Bratton and Dilton. A few records dealt with in the Dean's court remain in P5.

P26 - Probate records of the court of the Treasurer of the Cathedral Church of Salisbury. The jurisdiction covered the parishes of Alderbury with the chapelries of Pitton and Farley, Berwick Bassett, Calne, Calstone Wellington, Cherhill and Figheldean. Two entries for 1574 and 1599.

P27 - Records of the Royal Peculiar of Gillingham. This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Gillingham (including the chapelries of Milton on Stour and Bourton) and Motcombe, Dorset.

P28 - Records of the Peculiar of Castle Combe. This jurisdiction covered the parish of Castle Combe, Wiltshire. For later records, see the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire probate indexes. Some items (the latest of which was dated 1786) included in the original index have been missing for many years, and are not given in this index.

P29 - Records of the Peculiar Court of the Perpetual Vicar of Corsham.This jurisdiction covered the parishes of Corsham and Stratton St Margaret, Wiltshire. The place of residence of the deceased is frequently not given, but has been assumed to be Corsham (this is usually indicated by other evidence); only a small proportion of the wills (less than 3%) are from Stratton St Margaret. The earliest entries in the first register (1Reg) are later, 17th century, transcriptions. In addition to the three registers containing copies of wills, etc, there is a series of original, unbound wills, arranged alphabetically by surname, which partially overlap in date; many individuals therefore appear in both a register and the alphabetical series. The second register (2Reg) contains 54 marriage licence entries, as well as wills.

P30 - This series comprises probate records that were never sent to the General or District Probate Registries after 1857 but remained with the diocesan archives. Originally it numbered about 2000 items of almost entirely unproved wills and inventories but many documents have been placed into their appropriate series (P1-P29), in many instances being reunited with associated papers. Among the records is a series of copies of wills and inventories dated around 1540 from parishes in the archdeaconry of Sarum. A box containing unidentified fragments has not been indexed or digitised.

Full details are available at https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61333

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.