Jersey Parish Registers now online

Ancestry.co.uk has put the parish registers for the Channel Island of Jersey online. Jersey is not just a lovely place to spend a holiday, it has a rich and varied history. Wikipedia has a good overview if you wish to know more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Jersey.

I have several ancestors who moved in the Victorian period to Jersey to retire and I shall be searching these records to see if the connection with the island in fact was earlier than the 1851 census through which I was alerted to their move to Jersey.

The online records date from 1541 and covers the usual baptisms, marriages and burials.

www.ancestry.co.uk

photo of St Clements Church By Danrok – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7669175

Highgate Cemetery Records now online

I have been waiting years – and I do mean years – for the Highgate Cemetery records to come online and now thanks to our friends at www.deceasedonline.com I can now search away to my hearts content. Only fellow genealogists will appreciate the excitement of a new set of records coming available concerning the long dead can generate!!

If you have not visited Highgate Cemetery you are missing a wonderful experience. This time of year is good for visitihighgateng any of the Victorian cemeteries as the trees, shrubs and bushes have died back and looking around is a lot easier. I have visited quite a number of the London Cemeteries as they fascinate me and I give talks to genealogy and history groups on the subject. Highgate is my favourite one as it has a grandeur and presence that outshines, in my opinion, the others. You can only visit the cemetery with a guide, no wandering around on your own allowed, but you can arrange to be shown an ancestors grave by prior arrangement. A must visit place for anyone with or without London ancestors.

Links

www.deceasedonline.com

www.highgate.org

 

 

 

 

Bedlam Hospital Records now online

I have just finished reading “Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty & The Mad-Doctors of Victorian England” by Sarah Wise and jolly interesting it was too. There must be something in the air because FindMyPast has today released the hospital records for Bedlam, one of the world’s oldest mental health hospitals. The hospital has had a chequered history and I am sure that the release of this dataset will bring forth many stories.

imageFindMyPast is scanning both staff and patient records.  The records released today go into detail about each patient, in many cases documenting their mental state and including photographs of the inmates once photography became available. The records also detail the reasons why they had been deemed insane, with first-hand accounts of the behaviour of the inmates and their families.

“These records provide an extraordinary level of detail about the patients of the Bethlem Royal Hospital as far back as the 17th century,” said Debra Chatfield, family historian at Findmypast.  “Containing letters written in their own words and handwriting, photographs at different stages of their illness, and reports on their day to day behaviour by close family members and the medical staff at the hospital, these records provide, for the very first time online, real insight into life in this infamous institution. It’s hard not to empathise with the inmates as you learn about their often harrowing and tragic stories. Publishing these records online allows those stories to be told for the first time to a wider audience, and you might discover that you had an ancestor who was sent to Bedlam.”image

Also of interest is the website of the Bethlam Museum of the History of the Mind which offers background history and information on Bedlam.

 

 

www.findmypast.co.uk

http://museumofthemind.org.uk/

Exciting National Library of Ireland Project

imageIt has been a long held belief, with some substance, that researching family history in Ireland isn’t easy. I can tell you that it has got a whole lot easier in the last decade or so ! The newly announced project from the National Library of Ireland is an exciting addition to the online Irish genealogy data.

The project aims to digitise and place online – FREE – the Library’s collection of Catholic parish registers that are now available only on microfilm. The date for access for these records is Summer 2015 so not long to wait.

The earliest register dates from 1740 through to the 1880’s, the collection consists of 1,091  parish from throughout Ireland and are mainly baptisms and marriages with a few burial registers. So something to look forward to along with your summer holidays Smile

http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx

Every Man Remembered

WW1 genealogyThis website run by the British Legion allows anyone to commemorate those who fought in the First World War. Also available is a search facility to find out if someone else has recorded details of an ancestor.

Entering our family members details is the least we can do to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice.

http://www.everymanremembered.org/