Archives for January 2012

South West Image Bank

clip_image002This website will be useful for those with ancestors in the South West of England. As the name suggests the archive is of images of this part of England. I suspect that most genealogists will head for the Galleries where you can chose from Local Photographers, Local Business, Topical or Quick Links. I chose “Local Photographers” where you can chose from either William Gilhen or Gordon Sparks and then from a county or “other” section and then work your way through the images available for viewing online. Once you have found something of interest then it is possible to purchase a copy. A postcard size copy is £1.50 plus postage.

Historic Bristol Maps Online

clip_image002This website offers access to historic maps, images & links for the city of Bristol. There is a good guide to using the site and what you can expect to find. Even though I don’t have any Bristol family I had great fun playing with this website !!


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Canterbury Cathedral Records

clip_image002Find My Past has announced a partnership with Canterbury Cathedral Archives for the digitisation of the registers of East Kent parishes. The first release will be within the next few weeks and will comprise a browsable version of the registers of the Archdeaconry of Canterbury. Eventually there will also be an indexed transcript of the records.

This is great news for those with East Kent ancestry and will be most helpful during the temporary closure of the archives from February to October 2012.


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Dockland Baptisms

Our friends at Find My Past have added two more Dockland baptism registers to their collection. St Dunstan, Stepney 1668 – 1679 & Christchurch, Spitalfields 1843 – 1875 which total 16,000+ entries.

So if you have ancestors from these parishes during these time periods you are in luck !!


York Archives

Exciting news for those of you who have ancestors from York. The civic archives in the city of York will later this year start to create an online database of the contents of the archives. At the present time the only index to the archive is a hand written one that dates from 1909. Consequently the archive is under used.


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