Archives for May 2010

18 Folgate Street Spitalfields


image I have just come back from visiting the most amazing house in London. A visit to 18 Folgate Street in Spitalfields is a real trip back into the past. Most genealogists spend some of their time mentally in past centuries, just try phoning one when they are deep in the 1841 census and you will probably find they have great difficulty in dragging themselves back to the present!!

A remarkable American Dennis Severs conceived the concept of the house and collected some the contents before he even found the right property. If you want to get a real feel for how some of your ancestors lived in the 18th & 19th century and you can get to London then you MUST visit 18 Folgate Street.

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Newspaper Archives to go online


Genealogy Newspaper archivesThe British Library has gone into partnership with “Brightsolid” ( who run amongst other sites, ) to digitise up to 40 million pages of historic newspapers.

Spanning three centuries and including 52,000 local, regional, national and international titles, the British Library holds one of the world’s finest collections of newspapers. Each year the Newspaper Library at Colindale is used by 30,000 researchers in subjects ranging from family history and genealogy to sports statistics, politics and industrial history. This vast resource is held mainly in hard copy and microfilm, necessitating a trip to the north London site for people wishing to use the collection.

The first 2 years will see 4 million pages go online and the project is expected to take 10 years to complete. British Library readers will have free access to the database, but the rest of us will need to pay for access via . Of course what everyone will be wondering is whether will put the papers on a separate subscription and not include it in their normal subscription bundle. Will we see the same situation as happened with the 1911 census? I personally would like to see  do what does and offer complete access to all their records for one all up reasonable price.


Somerset Record Office on the move


Somerset Record Office

If you are thinking of heading off to the Somerset Record Office please be aware that until Autumn 2010 they will be unable to produce any original documents. They are offering  Microfiche only service until 2 July then they will be completely closed until the grand opening day at the new Somerset Heritage Centre sometime in the autumn.

Hope no one from overseas is making the trip based around being able to access the Somerset records!

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Chelsea Pensioner Records online

 Chelsea Pensioner has put more Chelsea Pensioners’ British Army service records online, which means that the online service now covers 1873 to 1900. These records are of men pensioned out of the British Army – the soldiers’ pensions were administered through the Royal Hospital at Chelsea.



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British War Medal and the Mercantile Marine Medal in the First World War

The National Archives have announced that they have added 155,000 additional Merchant Marine Records to their Documents Online database. The records cover the 1914 – 1918 period of the First World War, rather appropriate as the 70th anniversary of Dunkirk was a couple of days ago.
Remember that you have to pay to see the full record, but searching the index is free.