Genealogy -What’s been happening this week?

Here is a round up of this weeks new genealogy records for the period 13th August 2017 to 20th August 2017.

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1891 Census

Ancestry have updated the 1891 census – not sure what this means as I had assumed that they had all the information online when they first published it. Perhaps it mean they have amended all the corrections that their subscribers have sent in. I know some people feel they shouldn’t be Ancestry’s correction department, but I figure that I know my ancestors better than they do and will notice errors that others wouldn’t. So I do post in corrections when I come across mistakes.

UK and Ireland Obituary Index

The UK and Ireland Obituary Index 2004 – 2017 has been updated. So if you think someone in your family tree would have had a write up they might appear on this index. Worth a quick look.

West Yorkshire Roman Catholic Oath Records

West Yorkshire Roman Catholic Oath Records 1714 – 1787 & 1829 have also been update probably for the same reason as the 1891 census I am guessing. If anyone at reads this they could email me at [email protected] and let me know what updates involve?

Nothing new has been released this week, just updates.


FindMyPast has been busy as always and their Friday releases are as follows.

Buckinghamshire Baptism, Banns, Marriages & Burial Transcripts

FindMyPast calls these indexes, but they are actually almost a transcript as far as I can tell. They have been created by FindMyPast using the original records kept at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. I note that some of the transcripts have been provided by Chris Daniell. Thank you Chris.

Hopefully we will see digitised copies of the actual records go online soon as there is nothing as good as seeing the original for yourself.

Ireland Calendar of Wills & Administrations 1858 – 1920

Ireland started to publish calendars of wills from 1858, as regular readers will know I love wills! They are a real insight into family relationships (who is included as well as who isn’t), property ownership etc. Very helpful addition if you have Irish ancestry.


The following have been added to the ever growing list of newspapers scanned and indexed.

  • Tenby Observer
  • Brechin Herald
  • Milngavie and Bearsden Herald
  • Alcester Chronicle
  • Abergavenny Chronicle
  • Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press
  • Eastern Daily Press and the Colchester Gazette

So hotfoot over to FindmyPast if you want to search the new records.


Nothing new from FamilySearch this week.

British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have added the Brechin Herald and Angus & Mearns News 1890 – 1892. A short lived publication by all accounts. This paper covers both of the historic eastern counties of Angus and Kincardineshire.

The Ripley & Heanor News and the IIkeston Division Free Press has had more pages added 1899 – 1957.

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New Genealogy Records

Here is a round up of this weeks new genealogy records for the period 6th August 2017 to 12th August 2017.

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Ancestry haven’t brought out anything new or done any updates, but they have announced the results of giving an Ancestry DNA test to a whole village. The Cotswold town of Bledington were offered free DNA tests and over a hundred of the residents took up the offer. Many of them were shocked to find that they weren’t 100% British, but a mix of various countries. European countries featured quite heavily as expected and I, personally, wasn’t surprised to see Scandinavian in there, but according to the newspapers the residents were. An interesting study, especially as I am toying with the idea of doing a DNA test. Click for more information.


FindMyPast has been busy and their weekly releases are as follows.

Billion Grave Cemetery Indexes.

The Billion Grave Cemetery Indexes have been updated. They say ” All of the record sets have been added to this time, allowing you to pinpoint your ancestor’s final resting place across a number of countries via GPS-tagged headstones.” I haven’t had a play around with the Billion Grave website and their FindMyPast link so I think I shall have to spend a couple of hours having a good look and then write a review. Watch this space!

Middlesex Monumental Inscription 1485 – 2014

All Saints, Fulham. New Genealogy Records

West Middlesex Family History Society collection of Monumental Inscription, often called MI’s, have had some additions for All Saints, Fulham. So if you have search this data-set once without success then do take a second look. MI’s are always worth a look as they can contain information not easily found elsewhere. The entire Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions collection now stands at over 45,000 records and contains a link images and a burial ground plan. Very handy if you wish to visit.

Sidcup Cemetery, Bexley, Kent

Sidcup Cemetery, Bexley, Kent records are now available. These are transcipts made by members of the North West Kent Family History Society. The term, North West Kent, is used to describe areas within the London boroughs which were historically part of Kent; such as, Greenwich, Bexleyheath and Chislehurst

New York Researcher

Anyone with ancestors who headed to New York? Then this update of the quarterly journal of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society might be of interest. Also from the same source is an update to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. It is the second oldest genealogical journal in the US and details the people and places of the Empire State from the 17th century onwards.

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FamilySearch have added Staffordshire parish records 1538 – 1944. The images aren’t indexed on FamilySearch, but can be searched page by page if you attend a Family History Centre.  The images and an index are available on FindMyPast.

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British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have added the Alcester Chronicle 1869 – 1888, 1890 – 1910. Wonder what happened to the 1889 editions? More pages from the Brighton Gazette have been added and the Nelson Leader.

Well that is it for this past week, I wonder what gems will be released this coming week?

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All Saints, Fulham image – By Diliff – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Royal Air Force Airmen Records, 1918-1940

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Ancestry in association with Fold3 have added a very useful data-set for those with Royal Air Force ancestors. The series comprises records of Airmen serving in the Royal Air Force during the years 1918 up to, and including, 1940.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was founded on 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) were joined together. All ranks of both the RFC and RNAS were transferred over to the RAF plus there were a high number of new entrants at this time. The RFC and RNAS ceased to exist after this date.


RAF Service RecordsThe records offered in this new data-set include the following details ….

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Age
  • Place of Birth
  • Date of Service
  • Service Number
  • Name of Mother
  • Name of Father
  • Name of Spouse

Original Records

The original records are held at The National Archives (TNA), Kew, London and their source number there is AIR 79. TNA have an excellent online guide – click here. An ancestor who served in the RFC or RNAS as well as the RAF may have service records in more than one place. There are a number of other guides online at the TNA website for the RFC and RNAS, all linked from the RAF page.


Fold3 is the web’s premier collection of original military documents, with hundreds of millions of records about the men and women who served in American, British, Australian and New Zealand forces. Fold3 is owned by and can be added onto a subscription at a reduced rate. The website can also be subscribed separately.

More Family History Treasure – London Poor Law Records

London Poor Law Records

I was talking to a fairly experience family researcher the other day and found out that he wasn’t aware that have online millions of  Poor Law Records scanned from the London Metropolitan Archives. This led me to wonder if there are many out there in the genealogy world who think that Ancestry is simply civil registration indexes, census and parish records. If so then I have some very good news for you!! 

Ancestry has an agreement with the LMA to digitise and index their holdings which is great news for those of us who have London family history and let’s face it most of us have.




Since Elizabethan time, the poorest in English society had recourse to some form of relief by virtue of the poor law. Poor law relief generally applied to the poorest and most vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, orphaned, unemployed, or the sick and afflicted. These individuals were eligible to receive help such as monetary relief and other daily necessities like food, clothing, and work – usually administered via the dreaded workhouses. Children could be appointed to apprenticeships or placed in schools and other institutions. The records also include registers of creed, school, apprentices, servants, children and inmates among others.

A significant development occurred in 1834 when the Poor Law Amendment Act went further and created boards of guardians responsible for the care of the poor in their respective Poor Law Unions – administrative areas usually consisting of a group of individual parishes.
It is the paper trail created by these boards that now comprises this intriguing collection.


First Fleeters in your family history?

First FleetMany genealogists must have ancestors who made up the first fleet. For those who aren’t familiar with the term First Fleeter let me explain …….. The First Fleeter is the name given to the group of eleven ships which sailed to Australia in 1787. The purpose of the fleet was to establish a penal colony so that Britain could transport those who had fallen foul of the law, often the offences were minor, but that didn’t make any difference to the outcome.

The fleet consisted of two Royal Navy ships, three store vessels and six convict transporters. It is disputed exactly how many passengers were aboard the ships, but it is generally thought that about 1,500 people arrived in Australia after a long voyage. Along with the convicts there were also paying passengers who were keen to seek their fortunes on distant shores.

First Fleet database

TFirst Fleet Search resultshis University of Wollongong website offers a searchable database of the people who were part of the First Fleet. Also there are numerous links to other sites concerning these brave souls who were present at the birth of modern Australia. The search form has several options alongside the obvious surname and first name there is ship, crime, place of trial, age, sentence etc.

A good website that will enable those who know that their ancestor was a first fleeter to learn more, but will also prove to be valuable for those who have an ancestor who has mysterious disappeared from home around 1787.