Archives for May 2012

Black Country Genealogy

Black Country GenealogyThis website is one of seven connected websites that are a real treasure house of information for those with family from the Black Country. As I understand it the Black Country is comprised of West Bromwich, Oldbury, Blackheath, Cradley Heath, Old Hill, Bilston, Dudley, Tipton, Wednesfield and parts of Halesowen, Wednesbury and Walsall.

These sites contain images (almost 5,000 of them!), parish records, monumental inscriptions and much, much more. I couldn’t see who is the author of these sites, but whoever they are they are definitely a “Genealogy Hero” !!


Poll Books Online have recently put online Poll Books that are part of the London Metropolitan Archives holdings. Although held by a London based archive these poll books cover the UK. They mainly cover the time period 1832 – 1872, but some date back earlier.

Prior to 1872 voters had to declare publicly who they were voting for. There was much concern that voters could be bought by a candidate to ensure their success. These documents are well worth searching as it was not just the wealthy who could vote, tradesmen often appear amongst the list of voters.


Black Sheep Index

Black Sheep IndexI have written about the Black Sheep Index before, it was an index that concerned itself with criminal reports in newspapers and let’s face it I have plenty of ancestors who fit in that category !!

Sadly I hear that owner of the website has recently died and the website has been taken down. Hopefully someone in the genealogy world will know the family of the owner and be given permission to get the index and the newspaper reports online once more.

If anyone has an update on this then perhaps they could let me know.


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