Westminster Archives now online

Westminster Archives now onlineJust got this press release from our good friends at Find My Past. This is just what I wanted to have at my fingertips – the contents of the Westminster Archives!! So many of my London Ancestors lived in these parishes that this is certainly a red letter day.

 

WESTMINSTER PARISH RECORDS PUBLISHED ONLINE BY FINDMYPAST.CO.UK
. Over a million baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 now available. First time that images of the original parish records from Westminster go online. Leading UK family history website
findmypast.co.uk
has today published online for the very first time parish records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The Westminster Collection at findmypast.co.uk comprises fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of the parish registers, some of which are over 400 years old.

The 1,365,731 records launched today cover the period 1538-1945 and come from over 50 Westminster churches including St Anne, Soho, St Clement Danes, St George Hanover Square, St James Westminster, St Margaret Westminster, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand, St Paul Covent Garden.

Debra Chatfield, family historian at

findmypast.co.uk, said: "The Westminster Collection is one of the largest regional parish record collections we have ever published online and contains some truly wonderful gems. Family historians, wherever they are in the world, can now search this historical goldmine and uncover the fascinating stories of their London ancestors."

Today’s launch marks the start of a painstaking project to preserve digitally the City of Westminster Archives Centre’s collection, and sees the first tranche of its baptisms, marriages and burials go online. The remaining records are set to go live over the coming months, along with cemetery registers, wills, rate books, settlement examinations, workhouse admission and discharge books, bastardy, orphan and apprentice records, charity documents, and militia and watch records.

Adrian Autton, Archives Manager at Westminster Archives commented: "The launch of the Westminster Collection is of huge significance making Westminster records fully accessible to a global audience. This resource will be of immense value to anyone whose ancestors lived in Westminster and to anyone wishing to study the rich heritage of this truly great city."

The records can now be searched free of charge by visiting the Life Events (BMDs) section at

findmypast.co.uk, and then selecting parish baptisms or marriages or burials. Transcripts and images can be viewed with PayAsYouGo credits, vouchers or a full subscription to findmypast.co.uk.

The new Westminster Collection at

findmypast.co.uk joins a growing resource of official parish records from local archives, including Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, Manchester City Council and Plymouth and West Devon Records Office, with many more in the pipeline and due to go live in the coming months. In addition over 40 million parish records from family history societies can be found at findmypast.co.uk in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.

www.findmypast.co.uk

http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries/archives/

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Dockland Baptisms

Dockland BaptismsOur friends at Find My Past have added two more Dockland baptism registers to their collection. St Dunstan, Stepney 1668 – 1679 & Christchurch, Spitalfields 1843 – 1875 which total 16,000+ entries.

So if you have ancestors from these parishes during these time periods you are in luck !!Dockland Baptisms

www.findmypast.co.uk

 

Find My Past Parish Records

Find My Past Parish RecordsIn one of my previous posts I mentioned how hard it was to find out which parishes and for what time period were covered on the Find My Past parish records collection. Being the sort of genealogist who likes to know these things I emailed Find My Past and Liam Kelly promptly replied. Many thanks Liam Find My Past Parish Records

The general link to the whole collection is

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records

but you then have to click the “next” to get to the various pages where the info is. Along the way you will go through pages that have some good descriptions of the records you are looking at. Very useful for those who are new to genealogy or who have gone along not really knowing the ins and outs of parish registers. Well worth a read.

So that you don’t have to go through all the pages if you just want to get to the listings here are the links to the actual coverage info.

Churches & Burial Grounds in City of London Collection. The lists are down the page.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/city-of-london-burials

Burial Records.

These are from all around the country, some are county wide others from a specific parish.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/other-burials

Marriage Records.

Like the burials these are from all around the country, some are county wide others from a specific parish.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/marriages

Baptism Records.

Again these are like the burials & marriages.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/baptisms

So there is the information, go and have a look to see if your parishes are covered and if they are then I can guess what you will be doing for the rest of the day !!

www.findmypast.co.uk

Bedfordshire Online

Bedfordshire OnlineTalking to fellow genealogists I have found that a recurring topic is that it is getting harder to keep up with what is available for a specific county. I thought I might do an occasional posting about what I have found for a particular county. I won’t include the GRO Indexes, Census or other country wide material. Of course the moment I post it online it will be incomplete, but hey it’s better than nothing Bedfordshire Online

www.ancestry.co.uk

  • Register of Marriage Licences, 1747-1790
  • Wilstead – Parish Registers of Wilstead, 1593-1812
  • Suffolk Green Books, Subsidy Lists, 1309-1332
  • The Orlebar chronicles in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, 1553-1733, or, The children of the manor house and their posterity. London: Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1930.
  • The history of a Bedfordshire family : being a history of the Crawleys of Nether Crawley, Stockwood, Thurleigh, and Yelden in the county of Bedford. London: A. Rivers, 1911.
  • The Visitations of Bedfordshire, Annis Domini 1566, 1582, and 1634
  • Pedigree of Acworth of Bedfordshire, etc. : together with some notes on the genealogy.
  • Some records prior to 1700 of White of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire and a few of other English shires : with incidental records of more than 80 other families, specially indexed. Printed by Allen, Lane & Scott, 1945.

www.findmypast.co.uk

I have to say that trying to find out which parishes are included in the online parish registers on Find My Past is almost impossible !!! Hope someone from FMP reads this and does something about it !!

Bedfordshire Burial Index – 159 parishes, 355,503 entries.

http://www.bfhs.org.uk/

The Bedfordshire Family History Society has CD & fiche of Bedfordshire parish registers and a whole lot more for sale from their website. The county is unique in that all pre 1812 registers have been transcribed.

http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/ArchivesAndRecordOffice

Bedfordshire Gaol Register 1801 – 1879 online.

65% of the holdings are on their online catalogue. The entries are quite detailed so can be very useful without purchasing a copy of the actual document.

Online listing of Bedfordshire pubs with photos & histories.

https://www.familysearch.org/

100% coverage on the IGI

According to my Phillimore Atlas & Index there is 100% coverage for the old IGI, whether that is correct for the new family search I can’t say, but I suspect that many of the parishes will have been taken across.

Hope some of you have found this helpful.

 

1911 Census “infirmity details” now online

1911 Census “infirmity details” now onlineFind My Past has announced that the previously blocked out infirmity column is now available to view. To celebrate this addition they are offering a reduced rate until 31 January 2012. The cost is 10 credits instead of 30 for a viewing of the original document or 5 credits instead of 10 for a transcript.

If you purchase a Full Subscription then you don’t have to pay the above as access to the 1911 census is included.

www.findmypast.co.uk

 

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