Here is the famous Pearl’s Pad website. I’m not sure who is running it these days, for sure it isn’t Pearl as she died some years ago. Lots of useful links here.



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Helen Cormack has created a very useful site of various historical indexes that i am assuming she has transcribes. Please note that Helen is not a genealogist and asks that she is not contacted to undertake research. Read the conditions at the bottom of the page outlining the ways she can and can not help you.

Well worth a look.


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New Zealand & Australian databases

Wendy Leahy’s New Zealand & Australian databases and research service.

Britain From Above

An entertaining website that might feature the area that you are interested in and if not I’m sure you will find some of interest. A good feature is that the short videos are accessible to those who live outside the UK. It is so annoying to see that the BBC or one of the other UK tv stations have a really good programme and it is not accessible over the internet for those not living the the UK. I think that the BBC and others are missing a trick here and could raise a decent additional revenue by offering a pay to view service.



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Un-indexed data sets on Ancestry

Several other bloggers have written about this after Randy Seavers wrote a post about it. Randy got onto this little used area of Ancestry after an email from a reader of his blog Debbie Duay. Just goes to show how well the genealogical community works when someone finds something new 🙂

Apparently Ancestry has many databases that can’t be searched using the search box as they aren’t indexed. So how do you find them? ……………………..

This is a search I did on First access the Card Catalogue, there is a link on the front page of Ancestry. There are a heap of filters you can use down the left hand side of the page. When you click the filter that you want, I chose the date filter and the 1600’s, the main larger box brings up all the datasets that apply. There is a tick box at the top that can limit the search to UK & Ireland records only. 313 record types came up under the 1600’s search. Having had a quick browse I can see lots of records I didn’t know that Ancestry had and I am certainly going back to have a closer look. Perhaps it’s just me, but I haven’t given the Card Catalogue a look up till now. How many of these records aren’t indexed I can’t say as yet, but I report back on any I find.

I have noticed that some of the London Metropolitan Archives records that have recently been released aren’t indexed so need to be read page by page, however the ones I have searched have been arranged alphabetically. When I started doing genealogy there weren’t many indexed records and it was assumed that one would have to trawl through until you found what you were looking for (or didn’t find it as the case may be!). The bonus on working page by page is that you often pick up clues along the way and remember the indexing isn’t 100% so don’t ignore these unindexed datasets and do give the card catalogue a try.

Randy Seaver sets the question of how many datasets are on Ancestry that we don’t know about and a very good question it is too. There might be all sorts of treasures there that we just don’t know about. The bigger questions are:

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