I’m Back–well sort of !!!

I’m Back–well sort of !!!<p> </p>Hi Readers of MadAboutGenealogy website,

As you will have been aware I have not blogged for quite a few months, this was due to a family member being unwell and me needing to give them my 100% attention. No time to write about the long dead, the living had to be my full focus. As things improve I am hoping to get back to adding more content onto the site.

Some of you may be aware that I lived in New Zealand so hardly in the midst of English Genealogy, due to the family situation I have re-located back to England (I was originally a Hampshire lass!) so the bonus is that I am now in the heart of English Genealogy so can keep you updated with all the latest news as it happens.

So stick with me as I get back into the swing of blogging on my favourite subject I’m Back–well sort of !!!<p> </p>

Kensal Green Cemetery Records now online

Kensal Green Cemetery Records now onlineWoo Hoo !!!!! DeceasedOnline have given us all a lovely Christmas present of the Kensal Green Cemetery Records. Only a genealogist would know how exciting this is !

I visited Kensal Green a couple of years ago and it is a fascinating place for those with interests in family history or the way the Victorians created a huge industry out of death. The cemetery is one of the most prestigious burial grounds in London, mainly due to the internment of Prince Augustus Frederick and later his sister Princess Sophia. Everyone who was anyone in London at the time wanted their last resting place to be near such illustrious company.

The burial records now available dateKensal Green Cemetery Records now online from 1833 – 1901 and the cremation records 1939 – 1993. The balance of records will go online very soon. When completed there will be 340,000 entries for genealogists to search. With two of the “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries now online I wonder if DeceasedOnline will be adding more in the future?

Wikipedia has a good page on the cemetery with an extensive list of notable burials and cremations and also a an interesting page on the Kensal Green area.






New Dudley Archives Open 14 January

New Dudley Archives Open 14 January<p> </p>

Here’s something to look forward to for those with ancestors from Dudley – new archives for the borough of Dudley are set to open a couple of weeks after Christmas on 14 January. The state-of-the-art centre is situated in Tipton Road and replaces the old Coseley Archives.

Dudley Archives have a website that offers information on visiting the archives, how to guides, details of courses run from the site, online catalogues and lots more besides.


WW1 Records for Wales go online

WW1 Records for Wales go online

The website http://cymru1914.org/ gives a brief description of the contents on offer on it’s front page, I can’t do any better than replicate it below !

This project has conducted mass digitization of primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. The project will make available a coherent, consolidated digital collection revealing the often hidden history of the First World War as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture. This digital archive brings together source materials that were previously fragmented and frequently inaccessible. This digital archive is a unique resource of vital interest to researchers, students, and the public in Wales and beyond.

Wow if you have Welsh ancestry then you will have plenty to search, view and enjoy over the holiday period.

Commission into Children’s Employment 1842

Commission into Children’s Employment 1842We can’t imagine allowing our children to work down mines, but in early Victorian England that was what was happening and the outcome was a report entitled Commission into Children’s Employment 1842.

In 1840 the government set up a Royal Commission into child labour and the conditions that children found themselves working in. It took two years before a report into conditions in mines was published, followed later by reports on children working in trades and factories.

The commissioners spoke not only to employers, but also to the children themselves asking what their working lives were like and came up with a series of measures to protect the children whilst still allowing them to continue to be part of the work force. The morality of all of this is a whole subject on it’s own, but what concerns us as genealogists is that Ancestry has put online an indexed copy of the commissions report.

The indexing has been completed by a team of volunteers who give their time freely to make the Commission into Children’s Employment 1842 easily accessible to genealogists via the Ancestry World Archives Scheme. Anyone can join in and even if you have only a few minutes to spare. More details are available on the Ancestry website.

Back to the Commission into Children’s Employment 1842 report. You can search the index by first and last names and also put in keywords. The children, also some parents were asked a series of questions and the report noted the following

  • name
  • age
  • type of work
  • working conditions
  • hours worked
  • pay
  • whether they go to school
  • housing
  • what they ate at home

An interesting dataset that is a glimpse into the working lives of our child ancestors.