Archives for February 2009

New Zealand Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes now online

NZ Gro IndexesThe New Zealand historical Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes are now online. Which records are historical are determined by how long has elapsed since an event took place. The avialble recorsd are; births that occurred at least 100 years ago, stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago, marrriages and eventually Civil Unions that occurred 80 years ago & deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased’s date of birth was at least 80 years ago.

Lots of UK based people will find this helpful as many siblings of their direct ancestors may well have emigrated.


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Working Class Movement Library

Working Class ArchiveRather a well hidden secret this website. Plenty of background information on the working lives of our ancestors plus a history of the Trade Union movement. You can visit the library at Salford and consult it’s archives. Also there is an interesting and affordable postal book shop if a visit isn’t possible.



Medieval Soldiers to go online

Medieval SoldiersA pilot project of a database of 14th & 15th century English & Welsh soldiers is now online. The results of a joint project between Southampton & Reading Universities, the database will be available to all.

The information is taken from Muster Rolls and Treaty Rolls held at at The National Archives, Kew.

I didn’t have much luck with finding any of my ancestors on the database and I feel it is still very much in it’s infancy, but I will return on a regular basis and see how things are developing.


See Where Your Ancestors lived, worked & played



400,000 images dating from the 1850’s of everything from Churches to cottages to phone boxes to barns. Great site for getting a feel where your ancestors lived, worked, played and perhaps ended up resting forever!!





World War Two Merchant Shipping Movement Cards now online


   In 1939 the Admiralty issued an instruction to the Board of Trade stating that masters of merchant vessels were not to enter destinations or ports of call on the ships’ logs or the crew lists and agreements, for reasons of security. However, it was still important to know and record the movements of merchant vessels and to this end the series of cards within BT 389 was commenced by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen.

These records are now online and available for searching. No passenger or crews names are on these cards, but would add to the history of any ancestors who were on these vessels.