Archives for November 2012

Heaton Cemetery Records now online

Heaton Cemetery MapDeceased Online have now added the records for Heaton Cemetery to their Bolton collection. The records start from 1879 and go right up to this year 2012. Heaton is a large cemetery with in excess of 95,000 burials

The data offers scans of the burial registers which have a lot more information than the Victorian era church burial registers, grave registers giving details of who is buried in the grave and cemetery maps so that a burial site can be identified if you wish to visit.


More Bolton Cemeteries will be added later this month. Deceased Online is a pay to view website.

Bromfield, Claverley, Westbury, Shropshire parish transcripts

Shropshire Parish Register SocietyAs often happens when browsing the internet and the Ancestry Card catalogue in particular I came across something I wasn’t looking for !! Having found these transcripts I thought it would be useful to some Shropshire genealogists out there somewhere to know that this un-indexed set of parish register transcripts for Bromfield, Claverley and Westbury are available online.

As I said above these are transcripts of the originals registers and they aren’t indexed onto the main Ancestry search engine so a search under surname won’t bring them up. The transcripts are for the following time periods –

  • Bromfield 1559 – 1812
  • Claverley 1568 – 1837
  • Westbury 1638 – 1812

The transcripts were made by the Shropshire imageParish Register Society some years ago and although the books have been well used the transcriptions are very clear. The introduction giving information and background to the parish is well worth spending the time reading. At the end of each volume there is a place name and a surname index.

A bonus for those with family history in Shropshire. I’d better go and try and find the records I was looking for before I stumbled across these transcripts!

Image – St Mary the Virgin, Bromfield, near to Bromfield, Shropshire, Great Britain. Originally a Benedictine Priory church, dating from 1155, with 13th and 16th century additions and restored in 1890. The copyright on this image is owned by Ian Capper and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.


Putting your Family History online for free

clip_image002I am often asked if it is possible to put your family history online for free, the answer is yes there are several places that offer you the opportunity to put your genealogy online and hopefully find other people researching the same families.

Today I will post about putting your family tree on Ancestry. I wrote to them to make sure I had all my facts right and below is their answer.

Just remember that your research will be there for anyone to copy onto their trees, so don’t be surprised if some of your work pops up somewhere else – take it as a compliment that someone thinks your tree is worth copying!!

To get a Free 14 day Trial of click here

Here is the Ancestry reply.

Thank you for contacting regarding ancestry trees.

It is possible to create a family tree on a guest account that does not require a subscription. Free Guest accounts have been put in place to allow members to:

• Access family tree features, such as building and sharing a tree

• View a tree you have been invited to

• Utilize the learning centre and receive a monthly newsletter

• Access any free database

Please note that a paid account is required in order to access the subscriber only databases. If you try to access a subscriber only database using a free Guest account username and password, you will receive a message indicating that you need to upgrade your account. An individual can upgrade your account online by clicking on the “My Account” link at the upper right of the screen (after logging in).

If anyone would like to share their tree with another user, a family member, or a friend they can invite them to see their tree. The following link explains how to send invitations to Personal Member Trees on

How to invite people to visit my Personal Member Tree

Please note, to accept the invitation, if they are not already registered with, they will need to create a username and password (guest account) on The following article contains instructions for creating a guest account.

Ancestry Guest registration

To accept the tree invitation, please follow the steps below.

Accepting tree invitations



War Records, New Additions and Free Access for a Limited Time

War Grave Records Family HistoryAncestry is offering free access to some of their WW1 records between 9 and 12 November. To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address.

Ancestry has also added Commonwealth War Grave Records 1914 – 1947 which give information on the location of grave, service imagenumber and names of next of kin of the deceased. Plus the other addition is British Officer Prisoners of War 1914 – 1918 which provides the ranks, regiments and dates of capture and release for more than 8,000 officers.

Historical Newspapers now at FindMyPast

British Newspapers GenealogyNewspapers are a rich seam of information when you are tracing your family history, they can add details which are not to be found elsewhere. has added a Newspaper Collection to their offerings. As many will be aware Brightsolid who owns FindMyPast also owns the British Newspaper Archive website so I suspect this is a spin off from that.

The new collection comprises 200+ titles and covers the time period 1710 – 1950, more titles are promised in the future. The titles come from England, Wales & Scotland so there should be something to please most genealogists and local historians.

This collection does not seem to be available on the website only on the site, this is very disappointing and I do hope that FindMyPast will soon be offering all the UK website as part of their so called World Wide subscription.