Archives for March 2013

Wiltshire Records now on Ancestry

Wiltshire Church Records, 1538-1897 has put online some interesting church records for Wiltshire. It’s been done without the usual fanfare and email out to bloggers, perhaps they are all too busy at RootsTech !

This is a mixed bag of records, the source of the material is vague

Quaker Records

Quaker Births 1636 – 1837
Quaker Deaths 1542 – 1897

These Quaker records were sourced from a private donor, there are no digitized images of the originals and without knowing the provenance it is hard to tell how accurate they are.

Extracted Parish Records 1500’s – 1900’s

These have come from various publications of parish and probate record and at the bottom of the information is this list which I assume is the source for this information

Wiltshire: – Inquisitions Post Mortem returned to the court of chancery, 1242-1326
Wiltshire: – Abstracts of Inquisitions Post Mortem Returned Into the Court              of Chancery, 1327-1377
Wiltshire: – Abstracts of Inquisitions Post Mortem Returned Into the Court of Chancery in the Reign of Charles 1st
Wiltshire: – Registers of Marriages, 1561-1812
Wiltshire: – Registers of Marriages, 1591-1812
Wiltshire: – Registers of Marriages, 1538-1812


Wiltshire Marriages 1538 – 1837

This set of transcripts have come from a  private donor, they have been indexed by Ancestry. I am unable to ascertain if it is a full transcript or partial and whether it covers all the parishes of Wiltshire. 


Bishops Cannings parish registers transcribed by J H Parry 1906

This is a scan of a privately printed transcript of the parish registers from Bishops Canning, Wiltshire. The transcript runs from 1591 – 1812. The book has an index at the beginning and possibly because of this Ancestry hasn’t indexed it, so use the index and then browse the pages.


This collection will be useful for those with Wiltshire ancestry, but use them with caution if you find an entry of interest then you need to check the original record as Ancestry seems to have been reticent as to who is the transcriber.


British Jewry Book of Honour

British Jewry Book of Honour

Dominic Hayhoe of Forces War Records sent me an email to let me know that they have a new addition to their collection. They have transcribed the British Jewry Book of Honour that records the details of 50,000 Jews who served in the British & Colonial forces during WW1.

This important book was published in London in 1922 and gives details of enlistment, casualties, military honours as well as Jewish units, hospitals, institutions and agencies. So if you have Jewish ancestry you will want to access this publication.

Postems on FreeBMD

I thought today I would tell you about a little on-going project I have. It was pointed out to me by my good friend Judy Ramsey that if everyone put the details that they had on the birth, marriage and death certificates that they owned onto FreeBMD as a Postem note then it would be of great help to others. Imagine if even a 10th of genealogists with English & Wales ancestors did that then FreeBMD would go from a great resource to a magnificent one !!

On the recent Unlock The Past Genealogy Cruise I upgraded a Flip-Pal scanner from a want to a need and bought one. Amazing how many genealogy toys/books/certificates/subscriptions can be upgraded if you try hard enough!. Today I shall start to use the Flip-Pal to scan all my certificates and double check that I have entered the information from them onto FreeBMD Postems.



Above is a screen-shot showing the small yellow envelope that appears next to a FreeBMD entry to show that someone has attached a note to that entry. You can find out how to attach a Postem, it’s very easy, at

So go on, put an hour aside and get entering those details from your certificates, someone, somewhere, sometime will thank you for it Winking smile



Inner Temple Calendars 1505 – 1845

Amazing what is coming online these days, it seems as if everyone has suddenly seen the advantage of digitizing their archives and placing them on the internet. A recent addition is the Calendars of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple 1505 – 1845. If you have ancestors who practised law then this site has to be a must.

I don’t understand the process whereby a graduate of law became admitted to an Inn and it’s chambers and then called to the bar, but I do know that this website has a lot to offer those with ancestors who practised law. The website offers a brief history of the site that the Inner Temple occupies, the buildings, the Archives as well as offer access to the digitized calendars and an Admissions database 1547 – 1920. Lots of lovely webpages to keep a genealogist happy.

A search of the Admissions database for the name Pottinger came up with 7 entries.

Using Richard Pottinger as an example I found the following on his record.

First name Richard
Last name (standard) Pottinger
Last name (given) Potenger
Admission date 22 April 1769
Call date n/a
Bench year n/a
Leaving date not known
Date of death not known
Judicial Appointment not known
Father’s name John Potenger
Father’s occupation Gentleman
Father/son relationship Eldest son
Father’s address City of London

I particularly liked that the surname was noted with a standard spelling and a given spelling. The surname Pottinger is one of those names that can have a wide variety of spellings and it seems that this database is well able to pick all the variations up in one search.

In my humble opinion m’ Lord a very useful website Winking smile

NZ Probates Online

Will of James Harker 1901The New Zealand Probate records have been online for a while, but it is an on-going project between Archive NZ and FamilySearch so a press announcement has been made to tell us all that a million+ images are now online at the Family Search website.

It great to have the original wills freely available. A simple way to find those who left a will is to go to Archive NZ’s Archway search engine and do a search for a name. Once found check where the will is housed and then go to FamilySearch and see if that particular Court is on-line. If so, great you get to see the will free, if not you have 2 choices either pay $25NZ and buy a copy from Archives NZ who have a very efficient copy service or make a note and come back in a few weeks and see if it has gone on-line yet.

At the time of writing this post the wills that are available for viewing are from these courts.