Archives for October 2012

May I Introduce To You …. series

May I introduce to you series Genealogy

Today I am privileged to be one of the genealogy bloggers featured in the Geneabloggers “May I Introduce To You” series. Thomas MacEntee who runs Geneabloggers is a well known American genealogists who does great work in promoting family history through his blog posts and talks throughout the USA.

The “May I Introduce To You” series is compiled by Gini Webb who runs her own blog Ginisology and is an expert in German genealogy. Both Thomas & Gini’s blogs are well worth putting on your favourites list.

Ancestry sold to European Equity Firm

Ancestry genealogyThe big news today is that Ancestry is to be sold to a Private Equity Firm based in Europe for $1.6 billion. Presumably if the new owners think that Ancestry is worth such a huge amount of money they will want it to continue on it’s revenue gathering way. Hopefully there will be no one amongst the equity firm who decides that they will meddle with the way Ancestry operates and we can look forward to more records being added on a regular basis.

This sale shows that genealogy is big business world wide and is here to stay and that can only help the various archives around the world who are being threatened with closure. People value their heritage and want it preserved and I hope the sale of Ancestry will show those who hold the power to put money into archives that it will be money well spent.

Woolwich Cemetery Records now online

Our friends at DeceasedOnline have put up the finalWoolwich Cemetery records to complete the cemeteries managed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The last upload was 80,000 records for Woolwich Cemetery.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich oversees five cemeteries & one crematorium

  • Eltham cemetery
  • Eltham crematorium
  • Charlton
  • Greenwich
  • Plumstead
  • Woolwich

The data for Woolwich Cemetery comprise:

  • Grave details indicating those buried in each grave
  • Scans of burial registers
  • Cemetery maps indicating grave locations
  • Some photographs of memorials and headstones

Emma Jolly is DeceasedOnline’s official blogger and she has some interesting articles at


image – Wikimedia – Dr Neil Clifton –

Oxfordshire Transcribed Wills Online

Probate Office Oxfordshire Genealogy

The Oxfordshire Transcribed Wills project which is run by the Oxfordshire Family History Society has certainly come along nicely since I last visited the site. I haven’t been able to ascertain how many wills are now online, but the number is increasing all the time. Anyone, not just members of OFHS, can contribute a transcript of a will that they have as long as it has some connection to Oxfordshire.

As one would expect from the OFHS, which have high standards in transcribing, the transcriptions can be searched under a variety of surnames not just the person who wrote the will. The headings are ….

  • Testator – The person whom the document is about, including intestates (in Admons etc) and similar.
  • Close Relative – Spouse, Grandparent, Parent, Sibling, Child, Grandchild, Spouse of sibling or of child.
  • Other Relative – Nephew, Niece, Uncle, Aunt, Cousin, Kinsman, Kinswoman, Greatgrandchild etc.
  • Legatee – Unrelated person with a legacy — Friend, Servant etc.
  • Will Official – Witness, Trustee, Overseer, Appraiser, Executor etc.
  • Mention – Unrelated person with no legacy — Bondee, Landlord, Tenant, Priest etc.
  • Bureaucrat – Any official, clerk or witness involved in the Probate process.

The web page has guides for new users of the project, contributors, a glossary and information on pre 1858 wills in Oxfordshire. Altogether a very useful source of family history information.

Image of Former probate office, designed by Charles Buckeridge and built 1863, in New Road, Oxford – Wikimedia Commons – Motacilla

Greenwich Cemetery now complete on DeceasedOnline

DeceasedOnline Greenwich Cemetery

The final release of data for Greenwich Cemetery is now online at The cemetery opened in 1856 and the records now available date from that time right up to 2000. Approximately 93,000 burials have taken place in the cemetery including a high number of military graves.

More information about the cemetery can be found here by clicking here.