LMA & Ancestry

clip_image002Got an email from the FFHS this morning about a meeting that they attended regarding cuts at the LMA. Amongst the information given was news about what Ancestry is releasing next from the LMA. It seems that London wills and Electoral Rolls will go online later this year along with the 1911 census. These releases will be followed by City of London Freedoms and talks are being held with the Livery Companies about digitising their records which are held by the LMA.

So good news, plenty of helpful London additions coming our way. It was interesting to note that the 1911 census will be included in all subscriptions not just the more expensive ones. Findmypast has had a good run with their exclusive offering of the 1911 census and I am sure they paid dearly for that right, but it will be good to see the census more widely available and affordable.




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Manchester 1851 Census free index

clip_image002If you have family in Manchester then you will know all about the flood damaged 1851 census and how it was unreadable for years. The Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS) some time ago started a project to transcribe what they could of the census.

It was a long project and during the time it took to complete technology has advanced and recently Ancestry.co.uk have produced the best possible images and indexed them. However it is said there is some difference between the 2 indexes, so it is worthwhile checking them both. The MLFHS index is available for free and the Ancestry one is on their subscription site.



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British Library Record to go online

The British Library & Findmypast have joined together to bring millions of records to the internet. The records come from the libraries collection of BDM’s from India and the UK Electoral Rolls up to 1932. These records will be of great help to genealogists especially the electoral rolls as they can be used in lieu of census not yet released.


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Scotland 1911 Census

I expect you all know by know that the 1911 census for Scotland was clip_image002released on 5 April. It can be accessed via the Scotland’s People website. It is pay to view on a purchased credits basis and that isn’t cheap if you have a lot of people to find. I prefer site where you can buy a yearly subscription and you can search during that time to your heart’s content.


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Free UK Census

clip_image002I got this Press Release from Ancestry.co.uk. For just one day you will be able to access the Ancestry Census free of charge, so for those who don’t have a subscription this has to be a good offer at the right price Winking smile


27th March will be a historic day, as people all over Britain come together to complete the 2011 National Census. As we fill in details of our homes, occupations and relationships, it?s fascinating to look back at our ancestors who have done exactly the same thing every ten years for more than a century.
On Census Day, you can uncover generations of your family, and read key details of their lives, with FREE access to
historical censuses at Ancestry.co.uk. Access all UK census record indexes from England, Wales and Scotland, for free for one day, so you can uncover the part your ancestors played in history. Find out more
Key new questions in this year’s Census cover how long migrants intend to stay in the country, whether residents can speak English, and same-sex civil partnerships. This shows how the questionnaire reflects important issues and attitudes of the time it’s taken.
In 1891 and 1901, the focus was very much on employment, with the effects of the Industrial Revolution hitting home around the country. Everyone was specifically asked if they were employed, and whether they worked at home.
Before that, the 1871 Census reveals concerns about the health of the nation. This is the first record to show any serious medical conditions our forebears were suffering from.
The very notion of a national census has its roots in politics and current affairs. In the early 19th century, the British Government was keen to find new ways to monitor its growing population. Alongside the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths, the census was one of its most important solutions.
The census records at Ancestry.co.uk provide snapshots of the entire country at these key points in time, and let you uncover the role your family played in shaping our nation’s history.


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