Archives for July 2012

Lancashire Parish Registers now online at

Ancestry Parish Register Videos

Lancashire parish registers now online at It is always exciting when I log onto and I see an announcement for a new set of records. Today it is the turn of Lancashire and Ancestry in partnership with Lancashire Archives have put online Lancashire parish registers.

The dataset comprises the following

  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1538 – 1812
  • Baptisms 1813 – 1911
  • Marriages & Banns 1754 – 1936
  • Burials 1813 – 1986
  • Confirmations 1856 – 1922

The collection is of images from parish registers and these images have been indexed so you get the joy of seeing the original documents as if you were in the archives.

When I clicked on the announcement box I noticed that just below the blurb about the new release there was a range of videos about Parish Registers featuring Tony Robinson & Angela Crouch. They are more a promotion for Ancestry than a teaching aid and only last about a minute, but are interesting to look at if only for the background viewing of lovely old churches and churchyards.

Ancestry Livestream

Ancestry Livestream GenealogyDo you know about Ancestry Livestream? It is the official live events channel of and offers a video library that you can use at any time or you can book in and watch a genealogy expert give a talk on some aspect of family history.

It is true that many of the videos are US based, but it is worthwhile searching out those that you think would be helpful for your UK genealogy. For example I have clicked on the RSVP box next to the lecture on “Splitting or Combining Family Trees on Ancestry” it is so much easier to hear and see how do to do these things than to work out how to do them yourself. I shall be ready and waiting with note book at hand at 1pm ET 31 July to listen to Crista Cowan explain all.

Take a look at the video archive and also the list of forthcoming lectures and take advantage of this Ancestry facility.

Who Do You Think You Are? new series

Who Do You Think You Are?It has just been announced that the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? is to air sometime next month. The list of celebrities who are climbing their family trees have been revealed.

  • Alex Kingston – actress
  • Annie Lennox – musician and activist
  • Gregg Wallace – tv presenter
  • Hugh Dennis – comedian & actor
  • William Roache – actor
  • Celia Imrie – actress
  • Patrick Stewart – actor
  • John Bishop – comedian
  • John Barnes – footballer
  • Samantha Womack –  actress

The press release promises that the series will cover the Crimean War, WW1, WW2, illegitimacy, poverty, misfortune, formidable matriarchs, aristocracy, Jamaican genealogy, estrangement and abandonment. Apart from the Jamaican connection they could have had me and my genealogy on the programme and saved themselves a lot of trouble !!

Always good to have a new series of WDYTYA? to look forward to.

Oldham WW1 Army Records

Oldham Pals BattalionFindMyPast have just put two sets of data concerning Oldham WW1 Army Records so if you have family from this area then these will be worth a look.

The first dataset is Oldham Employer’s Roll of Honour 1914 – 1920 and consists of 1,900+ men who enlisted to fight in WW1 and who were employed by companies in the Oldham area. In the patriotic fervour of the time they can have had little idea of what lay ahead and that so many of these young men would not return home.

The information varies depending on the individual rolls, some simply gave surname and initial whilst others recorded full name rank &  regimental details. The regimental number is often included and this is vital evidence which can lead onto medal cards and army records.

The second dataset is Oldham Pals 1914 – 1920. The Oldham Pals were the 24th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. In WW1 it was not uncommon for groups of men from one area to join a single battalion so that they could go off to war with their friends and neighbours. Whilst it can be seen that this may have been of comfort to the men it meant that if a battalion received heavy loss of life in battle then the area where they came from could be devastated by the loss of so many of their young men. In WW2 this was not allowed to happen.

The records contain the following information …

  • Full name
  • Date arrived overseas
  • Details of any transfers
  • Whether killed in action or died of wounds (this can help when trying to trace grave sites)
  • Details of awards

The datasets were provided by the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society.



Devon Marriage Records 1837 – 2002

St Andrews Church, Plymouth, Devon

Find My Past has added 150,000+ new Devon marriage records to their Devon collection. The time span is 1837 – 2002, so a relatively recent batch of records. It is great to see so many non-conformist records amongst this new addition. These records are transcripts and have been provided by the Devon Family History Society.

Transcripts may not be a full record of everything on the original entry, also transcripts are open to error on the part of the transcriber. Viewing the original document online is preferable.

A list of the parishes covered are available on the FindMyPast website and also on the Teach Yourself Family History website under “Records by County”.  Here is a link to that page………