Archives for September 2011

Navy Medical Journals

 

clip_image002Ancestry.co.uk has put another dataset online, this time it is Royal Navy Medical Journals & Surgeon Superintendents Journals. So if you have ancestors with salt water in their veins this might be just the sort of records that could help in your research.

Ancestry has this to say about the material on offer……

A variety of people travelled the seas in the 19th century, from experienced sailors to convicts. Our latest two record collections shed light on the experiences of all these groups after they left shore.
Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1857, and Surgeon Superintendents’ Journals of Convict Ships, 1858–1867, are both sets of diaries kept by ships’ medical officers. They reveal everything from serious diseases to grog-related accidents — along with accounts of how each was treated at the time. You can search for patients by name, but even if your relatives weren’t among the sick, the records provide a rare insight into life at sea.

www.ancestry.co.uk

 

East Devon Tithe Maps

 

clip_image002East Devon comprises 29 parishes and the Tithe Maps for these parishes have been digitised and are now freely available online. The site notes that the map for Rousdown is not at the Devon Record Office and the Sidford map is yet to be scanned.

A nice, straight forward easy to use to website with just one click to get you to the actual map.

http://www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/dro/index.html

 

 

1890’s Business Index

 

clip_image002I helped with this project so am pleased to see it now available for viewing on the Findmypast website. This is one of the datasets now online as part of the joint venture between The Society of Genealogists and Findmypast.

Here is the description of the material from the website …

This project is an index to British shopkeepers, businessmen and women, “captains of industry” and their companies. The initial source material is a series of books published in the 1890s by the London Printing and Engraving Company and the Brighton firm of Robinson, Son and Pike which later became W T Pike. They seem to have travelled to large towns and cities all over the British Isles, offering the local corporation and businesses the opportunity to appear in a book containing a history of the area, its attractions, major institutions and its commercial life. There are sometimes details of town councillors, often with vignette-sized photographs and one has a picture of the local football team! Shops, businesses and manufacturers probably had to pay for inclusion, the amount depending on the size of the entry. The proprietor or manager seems to have been visited at work and interviewed to provide the copy for the book.

www.findmypast.co.uk