Archives for July 2013

Worcestershire Parish records now online

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FindMyPast has just put 30,000 new parish records online. The baptisms, marriages and burials for Astley, Hanbury & Shrawley 1537 – 1900 are part of the Special Collection on FindMyPast.

13,870 Baptisms 1537-1900, 12,107 Marriages 1538-1900, 3,129 Burials 1587-2009

Wish I had folk in Worcestershire !

Image – Whatlep [CC-BY-SA-2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Another query answered…..

Got this query in from Tracey Lawton this morning –

Hi, I wonder if you can help.My father was adopted in 1947, and I have managed to find out that his father was named Joseph Simmonds  born in Staffordshire c.1910? My father seems to think that Joseph had some contact with or was looked after by the Salvation Army in Manchester. I am trying to trace where he died. Can you help
Tracey Lawton

Salvation Army GenealogyHi Tracey,

I’ve checked the FreeBMD indexes on for a birth for Joseph Simmonds circa 1910 in Staffordshire, but no luck. I then checked the death indexes for a Joseph Simmonds born 2 years either side of 1910, there were several entries and without further evidence it’s hard to know which one is yours as this stage. There was also nothing obvious on the 1911 census.

Where did you get the name and birth year from, was it a reliable source?

The Salvation Army have their own archives and may be able to help you

If your father is alive, he will be able to apply for a copy of his original birth certificate and also the file on his adoption. This website will be able to help him apply

Sorry not to be able to help you further, good luck with your search.




Middlesex Sessions Records 1690–1709 online

Middlesex Sessions GenealogyThis is rather exciting news for those of us who have ancestors who were of, what the Victorian’s used to call, the criminal classes. I’m sure my light fingered ancestors like yours had some very good excuses for their actions!

The Calendar of the Sessions Books for Middlesex 1690 – 1709 were published in 1905 and Ancestry has scanned this publication and it has been indexed by volunteers of the Ancestry World Archives Project. The book has been online for a while, but it was browse only not indexed. If you haven’t taken the time to get to know the Ancestry card Catalogue then you are missing a good genealogy trick.

The cases heard at the sessions are many and varied, wounded soldiers, deserted wives, apprentices absconding, provision for illegitimate children and the list goes on. Licences were also issued by the courts for such activities as ale houses and non-conformist meeting houses.

As an example I put in the one of my London family names – Ashton – and came up with the following –

Middlesex Quarter Sessions Genealogy

You can see that there is quite a lot of information to be had from this newly indexed set of records.

Military Burial Record Online

Greenwich Royal Hospital genealogy

At The National Archives, Kew there are housed burial records for military cemeteries around England, I bet a lot of people including myself had no idea these records were there. Anyway we will all be able to access them because DeceasedOnline have scanned and indexed them and are in the process of uploading thousands of these records. The records date back to early 19th century and amongst the cemeteries are included

  • Greenwich Royal Hospital
  • Sandhurst
  • Haslar RN
  • Royal Victoria
  • Sheerness Dockyard

plus quite a few more whose locations haven’t been revealed yet. More details will be available soon on the website.

Other news from DeceasedOnline is that grave plans for seven of the West Yorkshire cemeteries that were recently uploaded are now available and also that cemeteries in Northeast Yorkshire are coming online soon. Just wish I had family in Yorkshire !

Image – Wikimedia – Greenwich Hospital, 1834.

1911 Census–free access

1911 census free genealogyAncestry is celebrating the new royal birth by offering free access to the 1911 census until 14 October so plenty of time to account for everyone on your family tree who was alive then. To view these records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address.

I can remember my excitement when the 1911 census first came out and I searched for my father as a 3 year old, it seemed very strange to see someone I knew so well on a census, somehow part of my mind told me that such records were for people who I’d never met !