New Dudley Archives Open 14 January

Dudley Archives - genealogy

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.

http://www.dudley.gov.uk/resident/libraries-archives/local-history–heritage/archive-and-local-history/

WW1 Records for Wales go online

WW1 Records for Wales - MadAboutGenealogy

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

Child Employment Report - MadAboutGenealogyWe 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.

www.ancestry.co.uk

WW1 Shipping Records Online

British ships lost at sea during WW1 - MadAboutGenealogy

FindMyPast hasn’t released much in the last few weeks, perhaps they are getting ready to announce something big or simply don’t have anything new ready to offer us? However today they have released a dataset of a list of British Royal Navy ships destroyed during World War 1.

The original records are housed at The National Archives, Kew where you inspect them free of charge. If you can’t get to Kew then FindMyPast is the way to access these records, the details you can expect are as follows –

  • Ship name
  • Date it was destroyed
  • Number of officers killed or wounded
  • Type of vessel
  • How and where it was destroyed

Used in conjunction with the other WW1 records on FindMyPast they are a useful addition to the Naval records now online.


Genealogy Education

imageI’m a great believer in life-long learning especially where genealogy is concerned. When I am teaching I recommend that my students read a family history beginners book every year as there is always something new to learn or be reminded of. Ancestry has released a video in which Crista Cowan shares how you can access books, seminars,conferences and websites to help you increase your genealogy knowledge.

http://www.youtube.com/