Shropshire Parish Records now online

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

Leading UK family history website 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.



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.–heritage/archive-and-local-history/

WW1 Records for Wales go online

WW1 Records for Wales - MadAboutGenealogy

The website 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.