Archives for September 2013

British Library Online Maps

Maps GenealogyDid you know about this, if you did why didn’t you tell me ?!!

Thanks to Thomas MacEntee on Hack Genealogy for pointing me to a blog post on History Tech I can now tell you about the maps from the British Library which are now online. They clip_image002[6]are fascinating and so helpful for giving a sense of place for our ancestors. I remember years ago wonder why a certain set of ancestors went to a town some distance to find wives/husbands. There seemed to a few parishes which were a lot closer, but looking at a map showing the topography I found the reason – a range of hills which at that time didn’t have any roads over them. Very obvious when you look at a map!

So thanks Thomas & thanks Glenn.

Ancestry Census Youtube Lesson

I just love YouTube which I think is an underused resource for genealogy. I found this ten minute video by Ancestry’s Brad Argent walking you through the census and how to find them online. Great help for beginners and it never hurts for more experienced researchers to refresh their memories on the basics. Beats watching soap operas when you want to sit down and watch tv for a short while!!

UK Census

New Derbyshire Additions to FamilySearch

Derbyshire Parish Registers GenealogyFamilySearch have today added more data to their Derbyshire Parish registers index. Sadly there are no images available, but the indexing does have added information when it occurred in the registers such as father’s name in marriages and age in burials. The time period runs from 1538 to 1910 and at the present time consists of over 1.4 million entries.

New additions for elsewhere in the world include records for

  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Kentucky USA
  • West Virginia USA
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Switzerland




Carruthers of Liverpool & Montreal

Here is another query I have received ……

Salvation Army Building Montreal GenealogyMy great grandmother went to Montreal Canada in 1927 and apparently died there while visiting her daughter Grace Carruthers Tomson who belonged to the Salvation Army.

1861 Born in Liverpool England
died in Montreal Canada I think in 1927

Hi Pamela,

Thank you for your query. I have found Grace Carruthers sailing on the Minnedosa from Liverpool in 1927 bound for Canada. The passenger lists tells us that her daughter paid for Grace’s fare and that she intended staying at her son in law’s house. Mr R Thomson, 1475 Blaney Street, Montreal, P.Q. Her next of kin in the UK was her husband Alex Carruthers, 91 Peel Road, Bootle, Liverpool.

Looking at the incoming passenger lists it doesn’t look as if Grace returned to England. The death indexes for Quebec after 1900 are only available in the GRO Office Quebec and do not seem to be online. A Google search for cemetery records for Montreal did not produce any reference to Grace.

Perhaps a letter to the Salvation Army in Montreal might bring to light a record of Grace’s death and burial.



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Hilton family of Wigan & Utah

Here is a query that I received recently ……


Genealogy WW1My mother was Elizabeth Hilton and was born in Wigan, Lancashire in 1900. Her father, John Hilton Sr. was a coal miner and immigrated to Castle Gate, Carbon County, Utah in August 1906. After working and accumulating the necessary funds, His wife Jane and three children joined him in September 1907. At the time John was the Superintendent of the Clear Creek Mine in Carbon County, UT. Family history is that the British Government recalled all her subjects with vitals skills home to help with the Great War (WWI) effort. We do not have a record of when he returned; Jane and 6 children returned in December 1915.

After the War, John returned Castle Gate in November 1920 to become the Boney Boss at the Castle Gate Mine. My mother Elizabeth returned in June 1921 followed by her mother Jane and 6 children (another born in England) in October 1921.

John and Mathew Tyrer (brother to Jane) was killed 08 March 1908 in the Castle Gate Mine Explosion. In total a 174 miners lost their life. To add to our family history, we would like a copy of the documentation that resulted in John and his family returning to England. I have been reading the Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) of 1914 but cannot see where it compelled the return of British subjects. I am hoping that you might be able to help or point me in the proper direction.

Going off subject, I am retired now but several years in our aerospace/defense industries. I find interesting that we spell your defence as defense. Although I have a degree with double major in physics and math, I also have an English Literature minor. My wife was the county spelling champion and two of my three daughters participated in our National Spelling Bees. So spelling is very important in our family.

Looking forward to your reply.

Bill Roberts

Hello Bill,

I have never heard of the British Government recalling men from overseas to return to the UK to assist in the WW1 war effort. I can’t see how they would have compelled them to do so and I would tend to think that John Hilton senior went of his own accord rather than at the behest of the UK government. I may be wrong and  perhaps one of the MadAboutGenealogy readers will write in and put me right !

I have undertaken, as I expect you have, a Google search for the recall of miners during WW1 and found nothing. Therefore I rather think that the documentation does not exist for John Hilton’s recall to England.

The British way of spelling certain words does seem to have alter over the centuries as well as when the British moved to other lands. I think we had better agree to disagree on the way to spell defence !

Sorry not to be able to help you further.