Isn’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
I usually confine myself to English records because that is where my area of expertise is, but I have been asked to include notices about additions to the collections offered by Ancestry and FindMyPast. So here goes ….
FindMyPast has added 2 million records to their Welsh Parish Register Collection. This is the first time that Welsh parish records have been made available online.
The new addition consists of
Baptisms: 2,083,430 records covering 1538-1912
Marriages: 1,226,650 records covering 1539-1927
Banns: 557,078 records covering 1603-1927
Burials: 2,057,453 records covering 1539-2007
These records cover the following counties: Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorganshire, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire.
The Welsh County Archivists Group and the National Library of Wales are the holders of the original records.
This website is a must for those with ancestors who worked the canals. The site includes the National Waterways Museum, Gloucester Waterways Museum and the Canal Museum, in Northamptonshire. The archives of the trust hold a host of material concerning the history of canals & inland waterways, include early canal companies records, boat-building plans, working records, accounts, letters and photographs.
Remember that if you have family who were canal folk then search along the canal for churches were children may have been christened, family members buried and where marriages might have taken place. Canal people weren’t attached to a static parish, but it is known that some families did favour certain churches along the canal route.
This website sadly doesn’t have their records online, but it does give information on how to access the records and has a separate page about family history. If you have discovered an Apothecary on your family tree then it would be well worth your while to try and research further. Some fascinating records and history could await you.
I’ve just had a look at the website for Northumberland Archives and see that they offer a Personal Mentoring Service, it is a bit pricey at £52 for two hours, but it could be just the thing to get you over a brick wall. There are the usual pages of opening hours, user guides etc. and the catalogue includes part of the collection and is being added to regularly. Of interest is that some of the documents have been scanned and are available online.