Archives for March 2011

Domesday Book Online

clip_image002Have you visited the National Archives Labs? This is the website where they try out new things before adding them to the main site. Always interesting to visit and well worth bookmarking so you take a look regularly to see what’s on offer.

The latest offering is the Domesday Book, you can search by place name and they say post code (bet they didn’t have postcodes in 1086!). You can then zoom in and out and around. A copy of the relevant page can be obtained for £2.


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Pre 1812 London Parish Registers online now has the pre 1812 London parish registers indexed as well as the digital images online. This is great news for those with London ancestors, and let’s face it who hasn’t!

You will need to have a subscription to access these indexes and images, but it has got to be cheaper for most of us than a trip to London. Of course your local library might have a library subscription to Ancestry so you could ask about that.



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Australian Vintage Picture Resource

clip_image002Picture Australia is a one stop shop for digitise images from around Australia & New Zealand. The images are sourced from places such as National Archives Australia, New Zealand National Library and Australian War Memorial.

Worth a visit if you find you have ancestors from the antipodes.


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Free UK Census

clip_image002I got this Press Release from For just one day you will be able to access the Ancestry Census free of charge, so for those who don’t have a subscription this has to be a good offer at the right price Winking smile


27th March will be a historic day, as people all over Britain come together to complete the 2011 National Census. As we fill in details of our homes, occupations and relationships, it?s fascinating to look back at our ancestors who have done exactly the same thing every ten years for more than a century.
On Census Day, you can uncover generations of your family, and read key details of their lives, with FREE access to
historical censuses at Access all UK census record indexes from England, Wales and Scotland, for free for one day, so you can uncover the part your ancestors played in history. Find out more
Key new questions in this year’s Census cover how long migrants intend to stay in the country, whether residents can speak English, and same-sex civil partnerships. This shows how the questionnaire reflects important issues and attitudes of the time it’s taken.
In 1891 and 1901, the focus was very much on employment, with the effects of the Industrial Revolution hitting home around the country. Everyone was specifically asked if they were employed, and whether they worked at home.
Before that, the 1871 Census reveals concerns about the health of the nation. This is the first record to show any serious medical conditions our forebears were suffering from.
The very notion of a national census has its roots in politics and current affairs. In the early 19th century, the British Government was keen to find new ways to monitor its growing population. Alongside the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, the census was one of its most important solutions.
The census records at provide snapshots of the entire country at these key points in time, and let you uncover the role your family played in shaping our nation’s history.

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Richmond Cemeteries database


clip_image002Guess what I’ve just found?!!!

Doing a general Google search for John Curwen Pottinger I came across the Borough of Richmond upon Thames website. They have a search facility for all entries in their burial registers. Hooray John Curwen was there and the results gave me the date & place of burial, age, last place of residence and the plot references.

Richmond also have a scheme whereby you can volunteer to look after a grave. The council do the general maintenance of the cemeteries, but don’t have the finances to weed each grave. So they ask that anyone who visits regularly or who lives nearby considers adopting a grave and look after it. Sounds like a great scheme and one that I am sure that genealogists might well like to become involved in. Wonder if you get to chose which grave you look after, personally I would chose one which had a headstone with plenty of genealogical details on it!!

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