Genealogy database of handloom weavers of Perth Scotland

Have you got weavers from Perth?

This might seen a rather niche question, and it is, but if you have people from Perth then this website might well be a treasure trove of information for you. You can use the big genealogy websites such as Ancestry and Find My Past to build your family history, but to really get to know those ancestors you will want to use some of the millions of smaller websites to fill in the gaps in your knowledge.

So …. this is an essential site for you if you have folk from Perth. It is easy to use, always a bonus! Simply click on one of the headings on the left hand side of the front entry page and work your way through the page, some pages are fairly long and you could use your browsers “Find” tool to shorten your search, but I think it is well worth while taking the time to read those pages. There is a lot of be said for making haste slowly with genealogy, it isn’t a race and there are no prizes for the person with the largest number of ancestors on their family tree!

Family History Content

Handloom Weavers of Perth

Weavers Study 1770 – 1844

Kirk Seats 1749

1841 Census extracts

1843 – 1844 Directory extracts

Weavers Bearing Arms 1715

King James VI Hospital Rental Books

King James VI Hospital Chartularies

Miscellaneous and Poems

The author of this website is the well-known genealogist Chris Paton, he developed this site as a project connected with his Postgraduate Certificate in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde.  You can be assured that the work on this website of of a very good standard and can be included in your family history.

Remember to always note your sources for the data you include so that in years to come you will known exactly where you got each snippet of information. Let’s hope more participants of this course go public with the fruits of their labours. An example of how good and informative a website can be.



Clergy Ancestors in Your Family History?

Do You Have Any Clergy Ancestors?

If so then this is a must search website. This site proved to be very useful to me when I have been researching my Pottinger family history, the females seemed to be rather attracted to the life of a clergyman’s wife. I must say the thought of a clerical wife always brings to mind the scene from Pride and Prejudice when Elizabeth Bennett visits her friend Charlotte who has married the Rev William Collins. Charlotte mentions that married life suits her as she and Mr Collins spend much time apart !

Anyway back to genealogy ….. This website brings together data regarding the careers of clergy from over fifty archives in England and Wales and is the first call for any family history research into clerical ancestors.

The latest update was in March 2017 and it is still being worked on. The modern Exeter data has been reviewed and work is continuing on the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry. I understand that information from the Patent Rolls 1540 – 1660 has been included as has material from Peterborough.

How To use this Family History Database

Easy to use you simply click on the Database tab at the top, enter the surname you are interested in and click search. Then it is just a case of exploring all the tabs and links within the panel concerning your ancestor. I think this is one of those websites where you need to schedule a return visit every few months so that you can keep up to date with any new additions.

10% off Find My Past subscriptions

Just got this message through that Find My Past is offering MadAboutGenealogy readers a 10% discount on an annual subscription. I subscribe to FindMyPast and of late have been using the 1939 Register dataset quite a lot, it is almost a census for that moment in time just before the start of WW2. I also have been having great success using their parish registers. It is a joy not only having them indexed, but also being able to search the “old fashioned” way by working through the register page by page. That way I get to know what is happening in the parish and gives me the opportunity to pick up entries for the extended family. I love it, just like being in a county archives, but without the cost of travel and accommadation.

So if you have been thinking of subscribing then here’s a good opportunity to save yourself some money – more for the genealogy kitty! Click on the link on the side panel.



New Workhouse Records Online has put some interesting workhouse records online. I hadn’t heard of this series of records recording every adult in a workhouse for 5 years or

more before. It appears that in 1861 the House of Commons ordered that the name, time spent in the workhouse, the reason for admission to the workhouse and whether they had been bought up in a district or workhouse school be compiled and the results analysed. What they were trying to achieve I can’t imagine as it wasn’t going to stop poverty or ill health which were the main causes for admission into the workhouse.

Anyway as genealogists we can be grateful that this list of about 67,800 adults is now available for us to search. I can see this will be a useful addition to the 1861 census as it captures the names of those who died prior to that census. Shown is an example of the records. I shall run my family names through the search and see who pops up I can think of one or two who should be in there !





Wiltshire Records now online

I see that now has the Wiltshire parish registers online. These are digitised and indexed images of the registers held at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. It looks as if all the parishes are included in this latest release, but I am sure that there will be some updates over the next few months so if you don’t find who you are looking for at first it is always worth re-doing your search a few months later.

The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website also has a really good wills catalogue that can be searched free of charge a copy of the will can be purchased for £5. I have had some significant success using the index and can thoroughly recommend it.