Cleveland Street Workhouse

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>I  received an email from Ruth Richardson regarding the Cleveland Street Workshop that had been under threat of demolition a while back. I was so pleased when the news came through that the campaign for common sense to prevail was successful. Although I understand that certain issues still have to be resolved before the building is 100% safe from harm.

The email gave me two pieces of good news about the Workhouse. Firstly there is a book published about the history of the workhouse and the four years of Charles Dickens’s life when he lived only a few doors away. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199645886.do#.T-9bCPW8GSo

Secondly Camden Council has agreed to a blue plaque being placed on Dickens’s old home on the corner of Tottenham Street and Cleveland Street, now No. 22 Cleveland Street. Planning permission and listed building consent were hurdles that had to be overcome plus the agreement of the house’s owners who happily gave their consent. The date and time of the unveiling will be announced shortly.

http://www.clevelandstreetworkhouse.org/Home.html

Japanese P.O.W. Records

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ have just re-launched their website after a re-vamp. To celebrate the new look they have added 14,000 new Japanese POW records to their database. These records are free to search and view.

 

Dominic Hayhoe from Forces War Records said “In addition to our new site design, we have been extensively adding new records to Forces War Records that our members have been asking for. One area not very well covered by any sites is the Japanese Prisoner of War records. In adding these, we know we will be helping quite a few people looking for information on their ancestors. In addition to this we have created a very extensive tutorial to help with finding more information.”

He goes on to say “Of course, in addition to these new records, as ever, all our records are not simply service records in isolation. All our records are uniquely cross matched with other information related to them such as what units the person served in or what battles they fought etc. giving a much more in-depth picture of what life was really like for them.”

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/

Welsh Parish Registers online

Welsh Parish Registers online

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.

www.findmypast.co.uk

County Record Office Notices

Pembroke Record Office

The Pembrokeshire Record Office is moving to new premises. As a consequence, opening times have been revised in order to allow staff time to prepare the office for the move. Therefore, from the week commencing 11th June 2012 opening hours will be:

Monday & Tuesday: 9.00am – 4.45pm

Friday: 9.00am – 4.15pm

Last documents are issued 15 minutes before closing. The Record Office does not normally close for lunch.

The Hive, Worcestershire

The Hive, Europe's first joint University and Public Library, opens its doors next Monday, 2nd July. It will be open seven days a week from 8.30am to 10pm. The Hive contains records from both branches of the Record Offices, Worcester City Library and the University of Worcester Library as well as Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service (WHEAS). Most of the records available at the Worcester Library and History Centre will be on open access each day. Original documents will not be available on a Sunday.
For further information visit the website http://www.wlhc.org.uk/

West Yorkshire Archive Service

West Yorkshire Archive Service will close its Sheepscar premises on Thursday 30th August 2012. These premises have proved inadequate for a modern archive service in terms of both public access and modern standards for archive storage.

In order to ensure that it does not lose its ‘place of deposit’ status currently under review by The National Archives, the service is relocating to West Yorkshire Joint Services HQ at Morley, Leeds. It is planned that the new improved services will open in November 2012.

Keep up to date by checking our website at www.archives.wyjs.org.uk

WYAS Leeds: Telephone 0113 214 5814 e-mail: leeds@wyjs.org.uk

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London Tax Records

London Tax RecordsAncestry.co.uk have just released more goodies from the London Metropolitan Archives. This  – time it is the turn of Land Tax Records for a variety of areas in London, the time period is 1692 – 1932.

The tax was introduced in England in 1692 and monies went into the government coffers, it wasn’t until 1963 that it was abolished. The records list both property owners and also tenants it also records which parish the property was situated in. A set of records which are often under used by family historians.

www.ancestry.co.uk

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