Archives for June 2013

William Gleed of the Battle of Waterloo & early Police Force

I received the query below from Peter Gleed Saunders –

Bow Street Runner GenealogyHi Linda, I received help from David Milner almost two years ago on my ggg-grandfather William Gleed, he had fought at Waterloo and David was kind enough to send me the information to help round out my family tree. Is there a web sight that could help me find his life after the military, I know that he joined the Metro Police when they first started and he died in Greenwich about 1838, but I don’t know were he and his wife Sarah are buried. Take care, Peter

Hi Peter,

The first place I looked for William Gleed was on the Old Bailey Online website, this site gives details of trials and is indexed not just by the names of those accused, but also police officers as well. There are 9 entries for the name William Gleed. Although some of the entries don’t support him dying in 1838 so there must be more than one William Gleed if your man did die in 1838.

I checked DeceasedOnline one of my favourite sites for London burials, they have lots of entries for burials in Greenwich cemeteries, but no luck there. This led me onto where I found a William Gleed buried in the churchyard of St Alphege, Greenwich in 1838, his abode is given as a Hospital Ship. His age is given as 49 years. To confuse things there is another William Gleed this time aged 37 years and dying in 1837 again from the Hospital Ship.

Do you have a death certificate for your William and Sarah? Or any other clues?

You may have already checked out the Met Police History website which gives useful information on the history of the force.

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any more clues.



Unlock The Past Genealogy & History Cruise 2014

Unlock The Past GenealogyThe provisional cruise programme for the Unlock The Past Genealogy & History Cruise 2014 is now available online. Take a look and see if we can tempt you into joining in the fun! The keynote speakers are Chris Paton from the UK and Thomas MacEntee from the US, both are family history experts and have specialities for which they are known world-wide.

I am pleased to announce that I have been asked to be part of the team of speakers and will be giving 5 presentations during the eight day cruise.

  • Research like a professional genealogist: find out how
  • English Nonconformist Records
  • Burying your London ancestors: cemeteries, burial grounds
  • Some more free English genealogy websites that I love!
  • Goosey, Berkshire: A typical English village and it’s records

Plus I will be helping out at the Research Help Zone.

I was a speaker on this years cruise and can report that I had a great time, it was the best conference that I had ever attended and being aboard ship with all the facilities that offers is great. I’m looking forward to February next year when once more I go afloat Smile

The London Gazette, 1825-1962

London Gazette Genealogy has added the London Gazette for the period 1825 – 1962 to their collections. If you have never used the Gazette then you might be surprised what you may find in there. Admiralty & War Office reports military appointments, promotions & medal awards, civil service news, British citizenship grants, law changes & new laws, deceased estates, bankruptcies, OBE & other awards and name changes by deed poll.

The gazette started in 1665 and is now the oldest continuously published newspaper. The early editions only contained the law changes. The publications are browse only at the moment, but I would have thought they would be a prime candidate for indexing.

The London Gazette along with those for Belfast and Edinburgh have been online for some time free of charge. A quick search of one of my family names DIDDAMS came back with 77 entries for that name. The entries dated from 1841 to 2011and covered a wide range of notices and added considerably to my family history. Interesting the earliest and latest notices concerned bankruptcy, which perhaps shows that life doesn’t change much! The Gazette doesn’t simply cover London, but deals with events that occurred throughout Britain.

The Ancestry collection notification states that there are random gaps in this collection and it does not include every volume published between 1825 and 1962. I couldn’t find out if this was the case for the official website, but suspect that it doesn’t.

North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters, 1885

North Nottinghamshire Voters genealogy

Just received an update from Ancestry regarding the North Nottinghamshire Register of Voters 1885 which was placed online last year. Not all records on Ancestry are indexed and these Register of Voters was one such dataset, however an index to this valuable set of genealogy records is now available.

The registers list all residents who were eligible to vote in the year 1885, the voter’s name, address and the type of property and it’s location that gave the right to vote. Names of landlords if the property was rented are also included. The index has been compiled by the Ancestry World Archives Project volunteers which means the index is free to all not just Ancestry subscribers, but to see scans of the original records you will need to hold a subscription.

As I’ve said above not all records are indexed on Ancestry so they won’t show up on name searches, to see just what is available to search page by page then go to the Card Catalogue and search under the location you are interested in. I’ve written several posts on this before and here are links to two of my posts. Go, take a look and find family history treasure.

Brompton, London Cemetery Records now completely online

Brompton Cemetery GenealogyBrompton Cemetery records 1840 – 1997 are now completely available online at DeceasedOnline. This is an important collection of records for family historians. Most people who are researching their genealogy will find that at the very least a few of their ancestors lived and died in London.

Brompton is one of the London Cemeteries known as the Magnificent Seven. Situated in South West London it is what the Victorians called a garden cemetery, planted out in majestic trees, flower borders and shrubs and as well as being a place to bury loved ones, it was designed to be a place to use as a park. The cemetery is now cared for by the Royal Parks and is still a wonderful place to visit.

The records that are now available online are :-

  • burial register scans
  • grave details
  • cemetery section maps for each burial
  • photos of memorials (as available)