Archives for August 2009

People of The Abyss


This book by Jack London was first  published in 1903 and is based on the East End, London experiences of the author. It is essential reading for those who have ancestors in London in the Edwardian period.



Genealogical Research Process




       This website is all about the research process something that confronts genealogists every time they embark on finding something out. I strongly recommend that you download the Genealogical Research Process Map and use it in your research. It is so simple when you see it laid out clearly, but not so simple when you are in the middle of trying to prove or disprove some nugget of ancestral information! Mark Tucker has certainly given a gift to the family historian.

Crockford’s Clerical Directory now have available online …………………………………

imageDo you have a clergyman in your family tree? Search the Crockford’s Clerical Dictionary which contains around 250,000 names, and find out where they studied, where they worked, and where they lived.

This collection contains biographies of UK Anglican clergy and details of English, Welsh, and Irish beneficiaries and churches, although clergy who qualified in the UK, may have travelled anywhere in the world to practise.

Crockford’s Directories first appeared in 1858 and are still published today. Whilst more recent biographies from 1968 are available, this is the first time that historic collections have been made available online. Ancestry currently has six complete directories dated 1868, 1874, 1885, 1898, 1908 and 1932 available.

 Crockford’s Directories 1868 – 1898

The East India Register & Directory 1844 have just released…………………..

The East India Register & Directory 1844 and Thacker’s Indian Directory 1895

The East India Company started out as a commercial trading venture, but gradually took on governmental and military functions until the British Crown took direct control following the Indian Rebellion of 1857. This register is a fascinating record of the company rules and regulations, as well as a directory of the company’s servants, detailing their appointments and lists of their casualties. Among the material of great interest to the family historian are military lists, and even records of births, marriages and deaths that took place among the European community in India.

Thacker’s Indian Directory of 1895 is an almanac of British and foreign merchants, commercial industry, military, railways, government departments and European and prominent native residents. If you know of an ancestor that may have been in India at this time, this directory can help you find out about their life, where they lived and what they was doing. This is the first time these collections have been made available to search online, so all you need to do is type in a name or keyword.

Start searching The East India Register & Directory 1844 or Thacker’s Indian Directory 1895

WW2 Records now online

Ancestry has just released the following records……………………

WWII PoW and Roll of Honour records

    With the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII on the 1st of September we should remember those who gave their lives in service but researching ancestors who served in WWII can be tricky as not many records are available for public view. Luckily the British Army Roll of Honour WWII has been decoded from its original format and is now available online so that you can search previously unavailable details for ancestors who were killed in action or who died of their wounds during the period of 1 September 1939 and 31 December 1946.

We also have available the British Army PoW Records WWII, that can give you clues about ancestors who were taken prisoner during the war. Find out details on when they were captured and where they were held in Germany, you may even find out a story about a great escape! There are 107,000 names in this collection and you can search on name, rank, service number and regiment.

Find out more about these Military collections and these new WWII Records