Archives for August 2011

Free Access to Ancestry Immigration Records

clip_image002From now until 5th September Ancestry is offering free access to all it’s immigration records. This includes passenger lists, immigration records & alien arrivals.

So if you aren’t a subscriber to or only have a subs then this is the ideal time to see if any of your ancestors left home and head overseas.

Church Photographs

clip_image002Have just found this rather useful website, it contains photos of churches and chapels, some are old postcards which give an idea of what the churches looked like before the modern day encroached on them.

Take a look!

Apprencticeship Registers 1710 – 1811

I see that have put up a new dataset, Apprenticeship Registers 1710 – 1811. The website says ….

clip_image002Until the 19th century, young apprentices relied on their masters for food and shelter as well as their training — so their happiness depended entirely on their employer. Find out whether your ancestors endured these trying conditions with our new Apprentice Registers.

These documents were created to record a tax paid by the master. They can tell you what trade your forebear learnt, the master’s name and address and even details of the child’s parents.

Ancestry seem to be really getting into occupational records which is great to see and so helpful for putting flesh on the bones of our ancestors lives. I see that there is also a video which described these records.

How much is it worth today?

clip_image002I’ve just been working my way through the National Probate Index for the name Diddams for a client and began to wonder how much these estates would be worth today. A soldier who died in 1916 left £150 and I wondered if that was a large amount in 1916 or not. As it happens it was about 400 days wages for a craftsman.

To find this out I used the useful Currency Converter at the National Archives website. This is a page that you may want to tag as a favourite if you are curious about how much your ancestors were worth.

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Selborne Hampshire Riots

clip_image002If you have ancestors who were involved in the Swing Riots of 1830 then you will be interested in this website. John Owen Smith gives good background history of the riots that occurred in Selborne, Hampshire.

On the front page of this site there are some good links to history websites for this area of Hampshire.


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