Archives for October 2011

Hampshire Marriages 1538 – 1659

clip_image002The Hampshire Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the Hampshire Marriage Index 1538-1659 on CD is now available for purchase £25.

The other indexes that the Society produce are now on Find My Past, I wonder when we can expect to see this latest block of information become available?


Background information

It is all very well collecting names and dates of christenings, marriages & burials, but to really get to know your ancestors you will need to research the world they lived in.

Wikipedia is a website that I turn to before any others for such information. I generally first search under the name of the person, you may be surprised by what you find that your ancestor did – good and bad! Then I search under the parish in which they lived, finally I search under any events – wars and such like to complete my picture of them.

clip_image002Take for instance Henry Pottinger, a name search gives me details of his birth, marriage & death, his parentage and career. There are links at the end of the page to pages on the history of Hong Kong and the Pottinger Baronets. A search on Mount Pottinger, County Down gives me data on the place where he was born and finally a search on the East India Company completes my quick, but effective research effort.

I recommend putting some flesh on your ancestors poor old dry bones using Wikipedia!

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GRO Indexes move from LMA to Newcastle City Library

clip_image002Those of you who have used the GRO Indexes to births, marriages and deaths at the London Metropolitan Archive will find them missing on your next visit. The indexes are being moved to Newcastle City Library. However all is not lost as you can access the indexes by using on one of the computers in the library.

Of course if you wish to search the indexes at home and you don’t subscribe to Ancestry then you can use the excellent free website

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1911 Census release on Ancestry

Picture1Hooray the first batch of the 1911 census is indexed and ready for searching on If you have people in Wales, the Channel Isles and the Isle of Man then you are all set to go. The rest of us will have to wait a little longer, but it will be worth it.

The census is available on Ancestry, but you have to search page by page …. just like the old days. How quickly we have forgotten how things used to be!!

Essex parish records online



An index (limited transcript) of Essex parish registers 1538 – 1900 are now online free at

There are no images available at the familysearch site, but scans of the actual registers can be found at


And last, but not least the Essex Online Parish Clerk is at