Archives for May 2009

Archives for the 21st century

Notification from the FFHS

Archives for the 21st century: consultation draft

Earlier today (7 May 2009) The National Archives released the long-awaited consultation document via its website at

It sets out the Government’s strategic vision for the sustainable development of a vigorous, publicly funded archive service across England and Wales. It replaces the government policy on archives that was issued by the Lord Chancellor in 1999 and builds on both the positive achievements around public access to information and technological developments. The challenges facing the archives sector and the actions to address them are outlined in the five sections of this strategy.

The TNA press release can be viewed at

Roger Lewry

FFHS Archives Liaison

[email protected]

Capital Punishment

A rather gruesome website, but useful for those who have ancestors were executed in the U.K. Personally I think I would skip over the section on how it was done and go onto the list of those who died. 

Some of my ancestors were well known to the magistrates, but as far as I know they all managed to escape the noose, the nearest who got to being hung was Joseph Silcock who took part in the Swing Riots in Hampshire and ended up transported to Tasmania.



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Un-indexed data sets on Ancestry

Several other bloggers have written about this after Randy Seavers wrote a post about it. Randy got onto this little used area of Ancestry after an email from a reader of his blog Debbie Duay. Just goes to show how well the genealogical community works when someone finds something new 🙂

Apparently Ancestry has many databases that can’t be searched using the search box as they aren’t indexed. So how do you find them? ……………………..

This is a search I did on First access the Card Catalogue, there is a link on the front page of Ancestry. There are a heap of filters you can use down the left hand side of the page. When you click the filter that you want, I chose the date filter and the 1600’s, the main larger box brings up all the datasets that apply. There is a tick box at the top that can limit the search to UK & Ireland records only. 313 record types came up under the 1600’s search. Having had a quick browse I can see lots of records I didn’t know that Ancestry had and I am certainly going back to have a closer look. Perhaps it’s just me, but I haven’t given the Card Catalogue a look up till now. How many of these records aren’t indexed I can’t say as yet, but I report back on any I find.

I have noticed that some of the London Metropolitan Archives records that have recently been released aren’t indexed so need to be read page by page, however the ones I have searched have been arranged alphabetically. When I started doing genealogy there weren’t many indexed records and it was assumed that one would have to trawl through until you found what you were looking for (or didn’t find it as the case may be!). The bonus on working page by page is that you often pick up clues along the way and remember the indexing isn’t 100% so don’t ignore these unindexed datasets and do give the card catalogue a try.

Randy Seaver sets the question of how many datasets are on Ancestry that we don’t know about and a very good question it is too. There might be all sorts of treasures there that we just don’t know about. The bigger questions are:

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