The Huguenot Society of Great Britain

The Huguenot Society of Great BritainMany family historians find hidden amongst the branches of their family trees a connection to the French Protestants who fled their homelands to find religious freedom in England.

A usual place to start your search for these ancestors and to understand the background and reasons for their flight is The Huguenot Society of Great Britain. The site has a family history section as well as a  list of their publications and details of their library. I see that an index to the Proceeding & Quarto Series in now online.

http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/

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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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York Archives

York ArchivesExciting news for those of you who have ancestors from York. The civic archives in the city of York will later this year start to create an online database of the contents of the archives. At the present time the only index to the archive is a hand written one that dates from 1909. Consequently the archive is under used.

http://www.york.gov.uk/archives/

 

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The Wiener Library

The Wiener LibraryThe Wiener Library has relocated from Devonshire Street to 29 Russell Square, just round the corner from the British museum.

The library was established by Alfred Wiener, a German Jew who fled Germany in 1933. It is said to be the oldest Holocaust Memorial Institution in the world and contains much of interest for those with Jewish ancestry. Many of the resources are available online.

http://www.wienerlibrary.co.uk/default.aspx

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Royal Navy Museum

Royal Navy MuseumIf you have ancestors who were members of the Royal Navy, whatever their rank – low or high – there is sure to be some great background information on this web site. You might even be tempted to visit the museum and use their archives whilst the family take a tour of HMS Victory and browse in the museum and shop.

 

http://royalnavalmuseum.org/index.htm