Archives for December 2009

What is bring to genealogists in 2010


Here are a few of the UK databases that Ancestry is promising us in 2010. They also say…..

We are happy to share with you that our recently expanded partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration and new agreements with dozens of other archives, libraries and genealogical societies will help us continue bringing you important records like these.

All sounds positive for an exciting year ahead 🙂

London Electoral Registers (1900s)

Since voter registration is mandatory in the UK, these records are a nearly comprehensive list of adult citizens, with valuable information including names and birth dates.

UK Vital Records (1694-1921)

Did your ancestors leave the UK behind in search of religious freedom? If so, you may find clues to their stories in these birth, marriage and death registers kept by “non-conformist” (non-Anglican) Protestant clergy.

UK Alien Entry Books (1794-1921)

Did your ancestors pass through the UK on their way to America? If so, you may find valuable details about them in these records of foreigners arriving in the UK.

Australian Passenger Lists

You’ll find interesting details — including the date and port of departure, date and port of arrival and name and age of each passenger — in these ship manifests from Queensland (1848-1923) and Western Australia (1830-1924).

UK Military Citations

Find your brave British ancestors in these UK Army campaign medal rolls (1793-1949) and distinguished-conduct medal citations (World War I), as well as UK Navy medal rolls (1793-1975).

Scottish City Directories (1800s-1900s)

City directories can allow you to trace your ancestors’ migration paths between census years. These records can also be helpful substitutes in cases where census records are unavailable.

Australian Convict Records from New South Wales

Get answers about how and when your convict ancestors gained their freedom through the Register of Conditional and Absolute Pardons (1791-1846) and Certificates of Freedom (1827-1867).

For further details go to


Fareham Hampshire Cemetery Records online


clip_image002Alan Wardle kindly sent me details of the following website. Thanks Alan!

Fareham Borough Council have a free searchable online database that covers all eight of the cemeteries in it’s care. You can search by surname, cemetery or plot number and once the right entry has been found the details given include full name, cemetery, plot number. A search just on the plot number of a certain cemetery gives the details of all those buried in that plot.

Very helpful site, wish I have ancestors from this area!



Irish Land Certificates to be destroyed



The Irish Times reported that hundreds of thousands of land records are to be destroyed once they have been transferred to an electronic system. The majority of the records date from the 1970’s, but some are more than 100 years old. How short sighted of the Irish authorities not to recognise the  value to historians of this material. Let’s hope there is an outcry in the Emerald Isle and that these documents are transferred to the National Archives in Dublin.

To read the full story






Charles Sale has authored an excellent website which offers a great service to genealogists. Charles has taken photographs of headstones from a large number of churchyards and cemeteries and having indexed them offers a free search service of the index. If a relevant entry is found an email request can be sent and Charles, bless him!, then emails you a copy of the actual photograph.

The website and service is free, but a donation is always gratefully received. I noticed that Charles comments that many people don’t email him any thanks and do not acknowledge his photographs and index. Come on fellow family historians people such as Charles really give us the icing on the cake for our family history and need to be recognised for it – so if Charles has helped you as least thank him!!


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Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year to all readers of

There will be no postings in the website for the next 10 days as I shall be away from my computer.

Thank you all for visiting the website and there will be plenty of new, exciting developments on the site in 2010 so keep dropping me!!