Archives for June 2010

America’s First Immigration Centre


Castle Garden Immigration CentreCan’t remember if I have written about this website before, but here goes. Almost everyone with English ancestor are going to find that someone disappears never to be found again in the British Archives. They may well have been tempted by the adventure of emigrating to America. This website offers background history and a huge database of folk who ventured abroad between 1820 – 1892. Castle Garden was established before the better known Ellis Island.

The website states… is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York.

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WW1 Royal Marine Medal Rolls Online


WW1 Royal Marine MedalsFindmypast has added 75,000 Royal Marine medal cards to their stable of databases. The website tells us…..

The Jack Clegg Memorial Database of WW1 Campaign Medals to the Royal Marines 1914-1920

This database is a transcription of The National Archives document classes ADM/171/167 to ADM/171/171 (inclusive), ADM/171/92 & ADM/171/139, which comprise the complete World War I Campaign Medal Rolls for the Royal Marines. Added to the transcript are service details for a large number of men, particularly those killed in action or died of wounds during WW1 and in many cases post-war deaths and WW2 deaths are noted.

The database contains the names of over 75,000 Royal Marine Officers, NCOs and other ranks, and provides a complete listing of all Royal Marines who served in WW1.

The medals covered by the rolls are: the 1914 Star, the Clasp to the 1914 Star, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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Victoria & Albert Museum Wedding Exhibition



Victoria & Albert Museum Wedding ExhibitionThe V & A Museum announces …………………….

In advance of an exhibition of Wedding Dresses in 2013 we are creating a database of photographs of clothes worn for weddings from all cultures between 1840 and the present. We include civil partnerships. This database will provide a rich record and help people date their own photographs.

To ensure we build a useful historical record all entries will provide the year of the event and the names of the bride and groom or partners. The place and the religion of the wedding will be included if possible. We would like you to upload up to three photographs showing the fashions at any one wedding and the principal image should focus on the detail of the wedding dress (or partners’ clothes).

Already available for viewing are a large number of photographs which are all docemumented with the names of the bride and groom, place and date of the wedding and in some cases who made the clothes. A marvellous resource for dating old photographs and perhaps even finding one of your ancestors are featured.


Cheshire Tithe Maps Online


Cheshire Tithe MapsAll the Cheshire Tithe Maps & Apportionments are now available online. The Cheshire Record Office website states…..

Almost 500 Cheshire tithe maps are now available online. Together with the information recorded in tithe apportionments, they are a unique record of land ownership, occupancy and use in Cheshire 150 years ago.

You can use them to answer questions such as:

  • Where did your ancestors live?
  • Who lived in your village or even your house?
  • What was land in your area used for?
  • Who owned land in your area?

You can also compare the tithe maps with later Ordnance Survey maps and aerial photographs.

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Yorkshire Family History Fair


If you are anywhere near York on 26th June then pop along to the Yorkshire Family History Fair. It sounds as if it will be a great place to catch up with all the latest in genealogy. The fair is at York Racecourse, Knavesmire Stand, admission is only £4 and there are cafeteria facilities onsite.

Yorkshire Family History Fair

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