Archives for August 2012

British Convict transportation registers database 1787-1867

British Convict Registers

Have you got criminals on your family tree? If so then the British Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1867 database will be of interest to you. It has been compiled from the British Home Office (HO) records which are available at all Australian State Libraries.

The database contains over 123 000 of the estimated 160,000 convicts transported to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Details are given such as names, term of years, transport ships and more.

A search for my ancestor John Silcock gave the following information …

  • John Silcock one of 224 convicts transported aboard the Eliza
  • Departed England 2 February 1831
  • Arrived Van Dieman’s Land
  • Convicted at Southampton Special Gaol Delivery for a term of 7 years.
  • Free pardon.
  • Original source: Australian Joint Copying Project. Microfilm Roll 89, Class and Piece Number HO11/8, Page Number 5

A search of the original records may given further information, but the index alone gives quite a lot of detail.

New Warwickshire parish transcripts online


FindMyPast have just announced new additions to their Warwickshire Parish Transcripts Collection. The new records are for the following …




Newbold upon Avon, Rugby

Baptisms    1559-1876
Marriages   1559-1837
Burials        1560-1901

The Rugby Family history Group provided these records.



Marriages   1757-2011
All Saints Leamington Hastings, St Giles Chesterton, Harbury, St Margaret Woolston, St Michael Bishops Itchington, St Mary the Virgin Rudford, Stockton, St John Baptist Stanbridge, Holy Trinity Long Itchington, St Lawrence Napton, St Mary Farleigh, St Alkmund Derby, St Mary Cubbington, St Peter & Paul Cofe Deddington Oxon, All Saints Harbury, St Michael & All Angels Warfield Berks, All Saints Leek Wootton, St John Baptist Clarendon Park Leics, St Peter & Clare Fenny Compton, St Nicholas Kenilworth, St Michael & All Angels Ufton, Romsey Abbey, St John Baptist Blisworth, St Peter Wormleighton, St Mark Winshill, St Mary Tysoe, St John Brandon Co. Durham.

The Southam marriage records are for what is called “away banns”, this means that either the bride or groom was a resident of Southam and the other party came from a different parish.

Burials   1539-2012

The Southam records were provided by Pam Batstone and Mary Williams.

Home Guard records digitised at National Archives

Durham Home Guard Records now online.

The National Archives have released online a new set of genealogy records, the personnel documents for WW2 Home Guard volunteers for the county of Durham. This section of the defence force became immortalised in the TV programme “Dad’s Army”, anyone of a certain generation will remember Captain Mainwaring and his platoon!! However the digitising of these records have revealed that many of the Home Guard were too young to enlist rather than too old.

The records comprise 40,000+ personnel records and cover the time period 1940 – 1945.  It should be noted that the records of people born less than 100 years ago are closed which means that although you can find them listed on the index you can not download and view them. However if you can prove the person is deceased then there is a specific form to fill in requested access.


The record series reference is WO 409 and contains the enrolment forms which were completed by the men as they joined the service. They generally contain

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Address
  • Date of Enlistment in Home Guard
  • Promotions
  • Previous Military Service
  • Date of leaving Home Guard

It can be seen that this set of records contain very useful family history information which could lead onto military, census, civil registration and other records. It would be wonderful if The National Archives decided to either digitise the records for the whole of the Britain or enter into a partnership with either Ancestry or Find My Past.

If you have family in the county of Durham then this is a document set that is well worth searching, if not then we can only sit and hope that these valuable records are soon online for the rest of Britain. The National Archives, Ancestry and Find My Past often put out surveys about their services and one of the questions is which records you would like to see digitised, now we can ask for Home Guard records and then keep our fingers crossed !

Image – Wikimedia -photograph H1896 from the IWM collection.

Photographic Collection now online at Families in British India Society website Families in British India Society is well known for it’s quality genealogy website focusing on those British ancestors who lived and work in India. The society announced recently that they have been allowed to place online the John Morgan collection of photographs taken in the 19th & 20th century in India.

John Morgan is a collector of material which he then hires out to film & TV as props. Amongst his wide ranging collection are three photograph albums, all labelled and taken in India. What a find! John was kind enough to allow the society to have them reproduced and uploaded onto their website.

The photos are free for everyone to browse through, but exclusive to FIBIS members are two indexes which allows much quicker access to those photos which are of interest. Membership is £15 per year for UK members and a few £’s more for European or Worldwide based members.

This collection is a joy to browse through, the photographs are very evocative of a world that is no more.

Articles of Clerkship 1756 – 1874

Articles of Clerkship 1756 – 1874

I’ve just been looking at the Articles of Clerkship dataset that has recently been released on the genealogy website and it looks as if it will be of great interest for those who have solicitors in their family history.

What are Articles of Clerkship? articles were legal agreements between an apprentice clerk who wanted to advance to become a solicitor and a solicitor who was willing to train him. As with most apprenticeships of this time period (1756 – 1874) the contract was entered into by the father on behalf of his son and often lasted between five and seven years although some only lasted a matter of months.

What can you expect to find in Articles of Clerkship?

There are two kinds of documents in this dataset. The first are the affidavits that are sworn when the apprenticeship has been completed they generally will include ….

  • Date
  • Term in years of the clerkship
  • The clerks name, parish, father’s name
  • Name of the solicitor who had been the apprentices master
  • Name of person swearing the affidavit, often an assistant to the solicitor

The second set are registers recording the details of the articles of clerkship. They have similar details to the affidavits, but some details may be different and there may also be additional information. They usually have ….

  • Dates of when article sworn, filed and read in court
  • The clerks name, parish, father’s name and his residence
  • Name of the solicitor and residence
  • Name of person swearing the affidavit

Where can the Articles of Clerkship be consulted?

The originals can be viewed at The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. They are referenced there as “Court of King’s Bench: Plea Side: Affidavits of Due Execution of Articles of Clerkship, Series I, II, III” and “Registers of Articles of Clerkship and Affidavits of Due Execution” and come under series CP71 – see below for The National Archives link. have scanned and indexed the two sets of documents and now offer them online to subscribers.


I have been working for a client on a familyAn image of the Court of Kings Bench. The original picture was by Thomas Rowlandson; J. Bluck later engraved the picture. Source WikiMedia Commons. who were involved in the legal profession, we had tried, without success, to link the London family to a family of the same name in Dorset. A search of this dataset turned up an affidavit that named one of the London family, an attorney of His Majesty’s Court of Kings Bench at Westminster, as taking as his articled clerk his nephew who was name and described as of Shaftesbury, Dorset. This has opened up a new line of research that may prove to confirm the link.

This dataset will be of great value to those with family connections to the legal profession.