Archives for September 2011

History of Parliament

clip_image002Just come across this rather grand website. If you have an ancestor who was a Member of Parliament then take a look at this site. They write ups on individual members, the history of parliament & constituencies.


Navy Medical Journals 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.


Fire Insurance

When I lived in Fair Oak in Hampshire one of the old houses had a Fire Mark over the door in the shape of a sun. In the 18th century this was to show that the owners of the house had insured with the Sun Fire Office. I think the idea was that if it caught fire the company’s private fire brigade would arrive and put the fire out. I assume that if there wasn’t a Fire Mark for that particular company on the building they watched it burn!!

Anyway there is an index to some of these insurance policies online. You need to go to the advanced Search on A2A at The National Archives website 
and select the Guildhall Library from the repository list and then enter a “name” and/or “address” and the word “insured” into the all these words field.

I put in Pottinger insured and got 6 hits. One of which was this

Insured: William Pottinger, 27 Queen Street, Cheapside, tailor and draper. Other property or occupiers: Parish of Great Pornder, Essex (Law and others); Parish of Bloxham, Oxon (baker)

So enough to give you some idea if this applies to one of your ancestors.

There is a good leaflet about these records at

and an excellent article in the October 2011 edition of Your Family History magazine.

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West Sussex Poor Law 1662 – 1835

clip_image002Gosh there are some interesting databases on the internet!

West Sussex Poor Law Database 1662 – 1835, this database doesn’t give full details, but enough to identify whether the original document might be of interest to you. The originals are house at the West Sussex Record Office. This database comes courtesy of the Sussex Record Society. If you have ancestors from this area, have a really good look at this website as they have other databases, publications and all sorts of other goodies to delight genealogists.

The websites says ….

The links give access to the poor law records in this database as follows:

  • Search gives Poor Law Record lists against Surname, Forename, Year and Parish parameters
  • Surnames gives alphabetic surname listing of all those people listed in the Poor Law Records
  • Parishes gives a listing of all those parishes whose Poor Law Records are included in this database
  • Order Types gives a listing of all the many different types of Poor Law Records
  • Years gives a listing of all the years for which there are Poor Law Records

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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.