Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway

clip_image002Have you got folk from Nottinghamshire ? My husband has so I was interested in this website. The first page introduction says it all really !!….

The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway is designed to provide a guide to the heritage resources of the county, and a history of Nottinghamshire featuring the latest research.

The information provided by the Gateway is arranged through a series of research pathways, organised into the following groups: places, people, themes and events. The pathways provide users with a brief overview of a subject area and a list of key resources for further research, arranged by type of source material.

The Gateway is being developed by The Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, and new pathways are added on a regular basis.


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Bedfordshire Online

Talking 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 Winking smile

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Hampshire Marriages 1538 – 1659

clip_image002The Hampshire Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the Hampshire Marriage Index 1538-1659 on CD is now available for purchase £25.

The other indexes that the Society produce are now on Find My Past, I wonder when we can expect to see this latest block of information become available?


Wiltshire Parish Records

Search more than 1 million new Cambridgeshire records now on

Just got this from

We have just published 99,717 new parish baptism records for Wiltshire on

The Wiltshire Family History Society provided with these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies.

Further details about these records are as follows:

Baptisms – 99,717




Devizes, Draycot Cerne,


Easton Royal, Ebbesbourne Wake,

Foxley, Fugglestone St Peter,

Hankerton, Hardenhuish, Heytesbury,


Langley Burrell, Lea & Cleverton, Leigh, Leigh Delamere, Little Langford, Littleton Drew, Longbridge Deverill,

Maiden Bradley,

North Newnton, Nunton,

Ogbourne St Andrew, Ogbourne St George, Overton & Fyfield, Patney,
Rollestone, Rushall,

Salisbury, Seagry, Sedgehill, Shalbourne, Sherrington, Slaughterford, South Newton, South Wraxall, Stanton St  Bernard, Stanton St Quintin, Stapleford, Stockton, Stourton, Stratford sub Castle,
Sutton Benger,

Teffont Evias, Tytherton Lucas,

West  Dean, West Grimstead, West Harnham, West Kington, Westport, Westwood, Wilcot, Wilsford, Winsley,

Yatton Keynell

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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 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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