London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes

The Gazette - MadAboutGenealogyGenealogists have been able to access historic gazettes for some years and very useful they have been in family history research. A recent press release from National Archives tells us that access to the gazettes has been improved and the website re-designed and re-launched.

The London Gazette is the oldest, continually published newspaper in the world. Although the three publications are know as the London Gazette, Edinburgh Gazette and the Belfast Gazette they contain details of individuals from all over the United Kingdom so a search is always worthwhile taking the time to do. A history of the gazette is available on the National Archives website.National Archives - MadAboutGenealogy

A search for one of my family names “Pottinger” came up with 654 entries dating from 1742 – July 2013 a wide range of dates and information. The earliest entry concerns an ancestor of mine John Pottinger of Compton, Berkshire, it calls for creditors to register with the Court of Chancery and the latest entry is a listing of a business in Belfast owned by a Peter Pottinger who almost certainly is a descendant of the Pottinger family who left Berkshire and moved to Northern Ireland. All sorts of genealogy treasure will be hidden amongst the other 652 entries. A good, wet Sunday  afternoon, project to work through them all !

Links

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/

British Library Online Maps

Maps GenealogyDid you know about this, if you did why didn’t you tell me ?!!

Thanks to Thomas MacEntee on Hack Genealogy for pointing me to a blog post on History Tech I can now tell you about the maps from the British Library which are now online. They clip_image002[6]are fascinating and so helpful for giving a sense of place for our ancestors. I remember years ago wonder why a certain set of ancestors went to a town some distance to find wives/husbands. There seemed to a few parishes which were a lot closer, but looking at a map showing the topography I found the reason – a range of hills which at that time didn’t have any roads over them. Very obvious when you look at a map!

So thanks Thomas & thanks Glenn.

http://www.bl.uk/maps/georeferencingmap.html

Ancestry Census Youtube Lesson

I just love YouTube which I think is an underused resource for genealogy. I found this ten minute video by Ancestry’s Brad Argent walking you through the census and how to find them online. Great help for beginners and it never hurts for more experienced researchers to refresh their memories on the basics. Beats watching soap operas when you want to sit down and watch tv for a short while!!

UK Census

http://www.ancestry.co.uk/

http://www.youtube.com

New Derbyshire Additions to FamilySearch

Derbyshire Parish Registers GenealogyFamilySearch have today added more data to their Derbyshire Parish registers index. Sadly there are no images available, but the indexing does have added information when it occurred in the registers such as father’s name in marriages and age in burials. The time period runs from 1538 to 1910 and at the present time consists of over 1.4 million entries.

New additions for elsewhere in the world include records for

  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Kentucky USA
  • West Virginia USA
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

https://familysearch.org/

 

 

 

Carruthers of Liverpool & Montreal

Here is another query I have received ……

Salvation Army Building Montreal GenealogyMy great grandmother went to Montreal Canada in 1927 and apparently died there while visiting her daughter Grace Carruthers Tomson who belonged to the Salvation Army.

GRACE COPLAND CARRUTHERS
1861 Born in Liverpool England
died in Montreal Canada I think in 1927

Hi Pamela,

Thank you for your query. I have found Grace Carruthers sailing on the Minnedosa from Liverpool in 1927 bound for Canada. The passenger lists tells us that her daughter paid for Grace’s fare and that she intended staying at her son in law’s house. Mr R Thomson, 1475 Blaney Street, Montreal, P.Q. Her next of kin in the UK was her husband Alex Carruthers, 91 Peel Road, Bootle, Liverpool.

Looking at the incoming passenger lists it doesn’t look as if Grace returned to England. The death indexes for Quebec after 1900 are only available in the GRO Office Quebec and do not seem to be online. A Google search for cemetery records for Montreal did not produce any reference to Grace.

Perhaps a letter to the Salvation Army in Montreal might bring to light a record of Grace’s death and burial.

Regards,

Linda

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