Exploring Surrey’s Past

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>Surrey Record Office recently won the “Your Family History” magazine’s Archive of the Year award. They were judged to give outstanding commitment to customer service, opening hours, onsite advice and the running of the Exploring Surrey’s Past website.

The website is certainly up there with the best and I am sure that other record offices will be taking a look to see if they can do something similar.

I don’t have any Surrey ancestors, but if you do then this site should be bookmarked because you will be returning to it again and again.

http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk

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Marks & Sparks Archive online

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>The University of Leeds has announced the launching of a new website dedicated to the Archives of the High Street retailer Marks & Spencer. I can’t imagine there is anyone in the UK that hasn’t been in an M & S store, but if your ancestors entered the store via the staff entrance then this site must be worth a look.

The actual archive is housed in a brand new building in the grounds of the University of Leeds.

http://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/

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York Archives

York ArchivesExciting news for those of you who have ancestors from York. The civic archives in the city of York will later this year start to create an online database of the contents of the archives. At the present time the only index to the archive is a hand written one that dates from 1909. Consequently the archive is under used.

http://www.york.gov.uk/archives/

 

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Bedfordshire Online

Bedfordshire OnlineTalking to fellow genealogists I have found that a recurring topic is that it is getting harder to keep up with what is available for a specific county. I thought I might do an occasional posting about what I have found for a particular county. I won’t include the GRO Indexes, Census or other country wide material. Of course the moment I post it online it will be incomplete, but hey it’s better than nothing Bedfordshire Online

www.ancestry.co.uk

  • Register of Marriage Licences, 1747-1790
  • Wilstead – Parish Registers of Wilstead, 1593-1812
  • Suffolk Green Books, Subsidy Lists, 1309-1332
  • The Orlebar chronicles in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, 1553-1733, or, The children of the manor house and their posterity. London: Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1930.
  • The history of a Bedfordshire family : being a history of the Crawleys of Nether Crawley, Stockwood, Thurleigh, and Yelden in the county of Bedford. London: A. Rivers, 1911.
  • The Visitations of Bedfordshire, Annis Domini 1566, 1582, and 1634
  • Pedigree of Acworth of Bedfordshire, etc. : together with some notes on the genealogy.
  • Some records prior to 1700 of White of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire and a few of other English shires : with incidental records of more than 80 other families, specially indexed. Printed by Allen, Lane & Scott, 1945.

www.findmypast.co.uk

I have to say that trying to find out which parishes are included in the online parish registers on Find My Past is almost impossible !!! Hope someone from FMP reads this and does something about it !!

Bedfordshire Burial Index – 159 parishes, 355,503 entries.

http://www.bfhs.org.uk/

The Bedfordshire Family History Society has CD & fiche of Bedfordshire parish registers and a whole lot more for sale from their website. The county is unique in that all pre 1812 registers have been transcribed.

http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/ArchivesAndRecordOffice

Bedfordshire Gaol Register 1801 – 1879 online.

65% of the holdings are on their online catalogue. The entries are quite detailed so can be very useful without purchasing a copy of the actual document.

Online listing of Bedfordshire pubs with photos & histories.

https://www.familysearch.org/

100% coverage on the IGI

According to my Phillimore Atlas & Index there is 100% coverage for the old IGI, whether that is correct for the new family search I can’t say, but I suspect that many of the parishes will have been taken across.

Hope some of you have found this helpful.

 

Dorset Archives Catalogue

Dorset Archives CatalogueThese days the online catalogues for many of the county archives are very detailed and in some instances give enough information that you don’t require a copy of the original document.

I have just done a search of the Dorset Archives looking for any instances of the surname Lush and came up with quite a few entries that have given me some good leads.

The website also offers an online catalogue of Dorset images, but the link isn’t working. I must make a note and try again after the New Year holidays are over. There are research guides as well for those who are just venturing into genealogy.

http://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorsethistorycentre