Deceasedonline has just announced the release of the digitized burial records for Peterborough Cathedral. The records date from the 12th century, but main block of surviving records are from the 16th century to 1955. It is believed that this is the first time that any cathedral burial records have been digitised and placed online.
Among more humble folk the burial records include Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Catherine of Aragon who was Henry 8th’s first wife. Some memorial and tombstones have been photographed and available on the website.
For more information about the cathedral go to http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/
I don’t know about you, but I had no idea what denization was, however thanks to The National Archives I now know that it is a form of British citizenship that gives a person some, but not all of the right of a British citizen. Naturalisation gives a person full citizen rights
National Archives have announced the release of what I think are a brick wall buster set of documents. Thousands of 19th century records concerning immigrants into Britain 1801 – 1871 who applied to become British. To become citizens the applicants had to present the Home Office with details of their name, age, trade and how long they had lived in Britain. It is these application papers that are now available online.
The applicants came from across the world, most seemed to have settled in London.
If you have ancestors whose surnames seem a little unusual and they simply appeared out of no-where then this is a set of records you should search. A name search is free and it costs £3.36 for an instant download of a PDF of the documents.
As an example I did a search under Smith and found Ernest Smith from Prussia whose naturalisation papers dated 1 July 1862 covers 7 pages, John Christopher Smith original country not given whose naturalisation papers dated 1830 covers 22 pages and Emilie Smith from Naples whose denization papers dated 4 July 1833 covers 5 pages. There were a total of 34 separate entries under the name Smith. So it can be seen that some files have a considerable amount of information.
To access these records click on http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Home/OnlineCollections and enter the surname and the government reference HO 1 under Advance Search and then click on search.
My first visit to the Society of Genealogists many years ago was to their premises at Harrington Gardens and Anthony Camp was the director, he was very kind to a keen, but definitely novice family historian and introduced me to a wide range of records. I remember that the other people in the library were predominately male and seemed quite elderly. How things have changed in the genealogical world!
The society is now situated in Charterhouse Buildings, the director is Else Churchill and you see a wide range of members and visitors both male and female and of all ages. The society has recently completely redesigned their website and it is worth looking at even if you are not a member. Some of the records that the SOG hold are online for members to search who can’t visit the library and a surname search can be undertaken. Of course if you wish to inspect the records that come up in the results you are required to join the society, but at least you have a good idea what is available and might be of interest.
There is an excellent range of online guides to genealogy which are free to look at, hints and tips and a list of the classes held onsite. The online library catalogue is great for forward preparation before a visit, library services are listed as well as the holdings of the book store. A unique strength of the collection is the Document Collection and the surnames within this collection have been catalogued and are available for searching.
The SOG site is well worth spending time on and familiarising yourself as to what the society has to offer.
I was very excited to get an email announcing the arrival of the digital Discover Your Ancestors magazine. I quickly paid my £12 and look forward to receiving a new issue every month for the next year. This periodical is a sister to and not to be confused with the excellent annual Discover Your Ancestors.
The periodical is 20 pages and the May issue has articles on British Pilots Licences, a reminder that not everything is online and archives still hold plenty to interest the genealogist, child labour in the Victorian period, genealogy theme fiction, book reviews,inns and pubs, a look at the county of Essex, online tools to aid genealogy and using census for breaking down brick walls.
I have only browsed through the magazine, it looks well presented and has a wide range of articles. At just 20 pages it won’t be able to carry the same range as other genealogy magazines, but then it’s price is very reasonable compared to the competitors. I’ll write more once I have had time to read through and have a better idea of the quality of the writing, but with authors such as Simon Fowler I expect a high standard.
Take a look at the website, take out a subscription and see what you think.
Ancestry have announced that the 1911 images that they have offered online for some time now have been replaced with images that have the previously hidden ‘Infirmity’ column disclosed. Good to have full access to all the 1911 census details.
The really exciting news is that they have linked the census forms to their UK Maps Collection dating from 1896 – 1904 that they have online. I tested this out using my grandparents Alfred & Ada Hawkins who lived in Farnborough, Hampshire. I’m pleased to report that none of family suffered from an infirmity, however the map attached to the census was for Farnborough in Warwickshire not Hampshire. I then tried a search for my other grandparents William & Eliza Elliott and found them on the census correctly with the right map attached.
It would have been helpful to be able to attached the map to the individuals on my Ancestry Tree, but perhaps this is a facility that Ancestry will introduce later. Overall a good addition to Ancestry.co.uk