Archives for November 2012

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!!

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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.

Bolton Cemetery Records now online

Bolton Cemetery Records now online

File:Circus Lion Tamer.jpgBolton Council Cemeteries are the latest addition to the DeceasedOnline collection of genealogy databases. The Lancashire council have 7 cemeteries and 1 crematorium in their care and the records for these burial grounds have been scanned by DeceasedOnline.

The first to go online is Tonge Cemetery which is the largest cemetery in the area with the others going online before Christmas.

The total collection comprises

  • Astley Bridge Cemetery, opened 1884
  • Blackrod Cemetery, opened 1887
  • Farnworth Cemetery, opened 1876
  • Heaton Cemetery, opened 1879
  • Horwich (Ridgemont) Cemetery, opened 1928
  • Tonge Cemetery, opened 1856
  • Westhaughton Cemetery, opened 1858
  • Overdale Crematorium, opened 1954

The collection will include scans of burial registers, photographs of memorials and headstones and grave location maps. All very family history useful material.

Tonge cemetery includes details of two interesting inhabitants ! The first is Fred Dibnah the well known TV personality and Thomas McCarte a one armed lion tamer and yes he lost his arm during an unfortunate encounter with a lion !

DeceasedOnline is a Pay To View website, but in my opinion is well worth the money.


Birmingham Electoral Rolls online–Mid November

Birmingham Electoral Rolls 1832 – 1955 has announced that they will be adding to their Electoral Rolls Collection with 6.3 million records spanning 1832 – 1955 for the Birmingham area. Many genealogists will have ancestors whose families lived in rural village and towns for centuries who during the 19th century up sticks and moved to the industrial hub of Birmingham. These records are invaluable for locating where those who disappeared from their homes went to. Hopefully this collection will eventually cover the whole of the country.

What can you expect to find?

The rolls will generally offer the following information.

  • District & Suburb
  • Name of Voter
  • Address

The pre 1872 rolls will have who they voted clip_image002[4]for as they were compiled after the election not before. Some of the post 1872 rolls will have the categories under which the person was eligible to vote, after the vote was given to all in 1928 there will just be name and address.

The electoral rolls are a great resource for tracking families after the 1911 census. The National Archives has an interesting page on electoral rolls, link below.

Keep logging into the Ancestry website to start using these records from mid November.