Spectator Archive

Spectator Archives, GenealogyIsn’t the internet marvellous ? Always something popping up that you weren’t aware of that will be useful in your genealogy. This time it is the Spectator Archive website. This publication started in 1828 and for the period 1828 – 2008 every page has been scanned and digitised, each article tagged and extracted, so that you can search the whole archive by content, keyword, topic, location, and date. Plus this is online free of charge Smile


West Yorkshire Reform Schools 1779-1914

imageDo you have ancestors that might have, through bad deeds or plain bad luck, ended up an inmate at a West Yorkshire Reform School ?  This new database from Ancestry covers

Calder Farm Reformatory

East Moor Community Home School

Shadwell Children’s Centre.

And includes admissions, commitments, and discharges records, so a wide range of data. The information you can expect to find is


  • name
  • age
  • birth date and place
  • father’s name
  • mother’s name

Also if you are lucky you might also find

  • Photo
  • Physical description
  • Baptism details
  • School attended
  • Criminal history
  • Admission details
  • Religion
  • Other relatives and addresses
  • Trade or occupation

The privacy cut-off date for these records is 1914.


Shropshire Parish Records now online

I have just received this Press Release from our friends at FindMyPast………

Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has today, 26 April 2014, published online for the first time parish records held by the Shropshire Archives as the latest instalment of their 100 in 100 promise to launch 100 record sets in 100 days.

Spanning 1538 to 1900, the Shropshire Collection comprises approximately 2.1 million fully searchable transcripts and 155,000 scanned colour images of the parish registers. A selection of Anglican, Methodist and Non-Conformist registers from well over 200 Shropshire parishes from Abdon to Yockleton are included in the collection.

The records comprise –

Baptism 1537 – 1900
Banns 1760 – 1900
Marriages 1538 – 1900

1538 – 1900

Before English Genealogists get too excited I should point out that not all the 100 records sets in a 100 days cover the UK. So far there have been some American and Australian records as well as UK datasets. However it would be a very unusual family who didn’t have a few members who set sail for greener pastures and adventures!



I’m Back–well sort of !!!

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 Smile

Kensal Green Cemetery Records now online

Kensal Green Monument - MadAboutGenealogyWoo 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 Map - MadAboutGenealogy 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.