London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes

The Gazette - MadAboutGenealogyGenealogists have been able to access historic gazettes for some years and very useful they have been in family history research. A recent press release from National Archives tells us that access to the gazettes has been improved and the website re-designed and re-launched.

The London Gazette is the oldest, continually published newspaper in the world. Although the three publications are know as the London Gazette, Edinburgh Gazette and the Belfast Gazette they contain details of individuals from all over the United Kingdom so a search is always worthwhile taking the time to do. A history of the gazette is available on the National Archives website.National Archives - MadAboutGenealogy

A search for one of my family names “Pottinger” came up with 654 entries dating from 1742 – July 2013 a wide range of dates and information. The earliest entry concerns an ancestor of mine John Pottinger of Compton, Berkshire, it calls for creditors to register with the Court of Chancery and the latest entry is a listing of a business in Belfast owned by a Peter Pottinger who almost certainly is a descendant of the Pottinger family who left Berkshire and moved to Northern Ireland. All sorts of genealogy treasure will be hidden amongst the other 652 entries. A good, wet Sunday  afternoon, project to work through them all !

Links

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/

Ethical Considerations

Ethical Considerations GenealogyGenealogists can get so immersed in tracing ancestors that some forget to consider the effects that some of their finds can have on the descendants. Crista Cowan of Ancestry has recently put online an excellent video about considerations to be thought about when dealing with some of the actions of our family both living and dead.

I keep a separate file with information which could cause upset to certain members of the family, there is nothing earth shattering in there, but I can see no point in distressing elderly relatives. The information is recorded for generations to come, but not for all to see at this present time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fqWVXvBWwQ&feature=em-subs_digest

www.ancestry.co.uk

Brompton Cemetery Records Online

Brompton Cemetery GenealogyHooray, hooray the first third of the cemetery records for Brompton Cemetery, London are now online at our good friends Deceasedonline’s website. As regular readers of this website will know I am a great fan of DeceasedOnline as I think they do a great job making available what has been up until recently difficult and/or expense to access records. I have quite a few London ancestors so have had great success in finding their burials using the website.

Brompton Cemetery is situated in South West London and is run by the Royal Parks which means that it is beautifully maintained. Opened in 1840 it occupies 39 acres and holds 205,000+ burials. It is one of the cemetery’s that make up the group of London burial grounds know as “The Magnificent Seven”. You may sometimes see it referred to as the West of London & Westminster Cemetery.

At one time the famous children’s author Beatrix Potter lived nearby and it is said that she found the names for many of her characters on Brompton Tombstones on her regular walks round the cemetery. Mr. Nutkins, Mr. McGregor, Jeremiah Fisher, Tommy Brock and Peter Rabbett are all to be found here resting in peace in Brompton!

The period covered by this new release is 1840 – 1871, the remaining records go online over the next three weeks.

http://www.deceasedonline.com

Peterborough Cathedral Burial records now online

Genealogy Peterborough burial recordsDeceasedonline has just announced the release of the digitized burial records for Peterborough Cathedral. The records date from the 12th century, but main block of surviving records are from the 16th century to 1955. It is believed that this is the first time that any cathedral burial records have been digitised and placed online.

Among more humble folk the burial records include Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, Catherine of Aragon who was Henry 8th’s first wife. Some memorial and tombstones have been photographed and available on the website.

For more information about the cathedral go to http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/

http://www.deceasedonline.co.uk/

Society of Genealogists new website

Society of GenealogistsMy first visit to the Society of Genealogists many years ago was to their premises at Harrington Gardens and Anthony Camp was the director, he was very kind to a keen, but definitely novice family historian and introduced me to a wide range of records. I remember that the other people in the library were predominately male and seemed quite elderly. How things have changed in the genealogical world!

The society is now situated in Charterhouse Buildings, the director is Else Churchill and you see a wide range of members and visitors both male and female and of all ages. The society  has recently completely redesigned their website and it is worth looking at even if you are not a member. Some of the records that the SOG hold are online for members to search who can’t visit the library and a surname search can be undertaken. Of course if you wish to inspect the records that come up in the results you are required to join the society, but at least you have a good idea what is available and might be of interest.

There is an excellent range of online guides to genealogy which are free to look at, hints and tips and a list of the classes held onsite. The online library catalogue is great for forward preparation before a visit, library services are listed as well as the holdings of the book store. A unique strength of the collection is the Document Collection and the surnames within this collection have been catalogued and are available for searching.

The SOG site is well worth spending time on and familiarising yourself as to what the society has to offer.

http://www.sog.org.uk/