Archives for September 2012

Five Cemeteries in Greenwich online

Kensal Green Way Out SignI’ve just received a bulletin from DeceasedOnline, it contains the news that five cemeteries in the royal Borough of Greenwich are being added over the next few weeks. Eltham Cemetery and Crematorium is now completely uploaded and available for searching. Greenwich Cemetery coverage is now 50%+ complete. The rest of Greenwich cemetery will follow shortly.

The other three cemeteries within the borough; Woolwich, Charlton and Plumstead are due to come online over the next few weeks.


PS The photo illustrating this post is from Kensal Green not one of the Greenwich cemeteries, but it amuses me as it was positioned as if it was there for the inhabitants not visitors to the cemetery!! Winking smile

Masters & Mates Certificates now online

Masters & Mates Certificates genealogyGreat news for those with maritime ancestors, has added another dataset to their Occupations Collection, this time it is Masters & Mates certificates 1850 – 1927. As England is an island nation I am sure that most of us have some ancestral connection to the sea and these records will help fill in the details of our families lives.

The certificates may vary slightly, but generally they contain the date of the certificate (they were also know as tickets), the mariners name, where and when they were born, how many years in the merchant navy, which type of experience they had e.g. coasting and lastly the mariners signature.  All great family history information.


Ancestry magazine

Ancestry Magazine Genealogy

Now here’s a mystery !!! A couple of months ago when I was in Kent I bought a copy of “Discover Your Ancestors” Issue No. 1, the magazine was published in association with by DMG Publishing, there was no date on it  and I began to wonder if  issue no 2 never saw the light of day. I did email DMG asking if further issues were to be printed, but got no reply. So I think that issue 1 was the first and last one.

Anyway the point of this blog is, today, I did a Google Books search to see if The Complete Peerage was available (it isn’t) and came across back copies of the US magazine Ancestry. The magazine might be USA based, but there is plenty to interest English genealogists. For instance the December 2000 issue has articles on “The missing 11 days of 1752”, Who wants to be a royal heir?”, Basic tips to creating an effective newsletter, Exploring Danish roots etc. etc.

Available issues start January 1994 and run through to April 2010 when i think it stopped publication. The magazines can be read online and if you have an iPad or similar that means you can relax and enjoy a quality magazine for free.

Dixon-Scott Photographic Collection

Dixon-Scott Collection Family HistoryI am sure that some of you already know about the National Archives Labs website, but I didn’t and think that many of my readers also may have missed out on hearing about the Labs.

The Labs are a test area where the National Archives try improvements and new ideas out and then ask for feedback from those who visit the site. Generally a very interesting site to see what may be coming next at TNA.

One of the sections on the Labs website is the Dixon-Scott Collection which comprises 14,000 photographs taken between 1920 – 1940. This resource can be searched by location and viewed free of charge.

John Dixon-Scott became concerned about the way rural and urban England was changing and not always for the better. He toured England taking photographs of the vanishing landscape so that at least it was preserved in a visual form. If the town or village that your ancestral families lived in are amongst those featured in this collection then you will be able to get a glimpse of a lost way of life.


Last Words Cemetery Website GenealogyThe Last Words website is all about cemeteries and churchyards, now a lot of people would think it is rather odd to be interested in such grim places, but then they aren’t genealogists! Stephen Greene is the author of the site and as well as his contributions to the site he invites others to register and contribute photos etc. A united effort.

I was particularly drawn to his video of Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, very atmospheric with music to match. The short video featured a number of monuments sadly not any of my ancestors who are buried there, but interesting to see the cemetery nevertheless. The site has offerings from Belgium, France, Hungary, Sweden, U.K. and the U.S.A.

The Arnos Vale video is to be found by clicking on the U.K. tab and the video is the second item down. Once you have viewed the video there comes up other “You Tube” videos, several of which are on Arnos Dale. When I get a moment I think I will spend some time seeing what other “You Tube” videos are available for ancestral places.

Take a look you never know what you’ll find.