10% off Find My Past subscriptions

Just got this message through that Find My Past is offering MadAboutGenealogy readers a 10% discount on an annual subscription. I subscribe to FindMyPast and of late have been using the 1939 Register dataset quite a lot, it is almost a census for that moment in time just before the start of WW2. I also have been having great success using their parish registers. It is a joy not only having them indexed, but also being able to search the “old fashioned” way by working through the register page by page. That way I get to know what is happening in the parish and gives me the opportunity to pick up entries for the extended family. I love it, just like being in a county archives, but without the cost of travel and accommadation.

So if you have been thinking of subscribing then here’s a good opportunity to save yourself some money – more for the genealogy kitty! Click on the link on the side panel.

 

 

New Workhouse Records Online

Ancestry.co.uk has put some interesting workhouse records online. I hadn’t heard of this series of records recording every adult in a workhouse for 5 years or

more before. It appears that in 1861 the House of Commons ordered that the name, time spent in the workhouse, the reason for admission to the workhouse and whether they had been bought up in a district or workhouse school be compiled and the results analysed. What they were trying to achieve I can’t imagine as it wasn’t going to stop poverty or ill health which were the main causes for admission into the workhouse.

Anyway as genealogists we can be grateful that this list of about 67,800 adults is now available for us to search. I can see this will be a useful addition to the 1861 census as it captures the names of those who died prior to that census. Shown is an example of the records. I shall run my family names through the search and see who pops up I can think of one or two who should be in there ! Ancestry.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Bedlam Hospital Records now online

I have just finished reading “Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty & The Mad-Doctors of Victorian England” by Sarah Wise and jolly interesting it was too. There must be something in the air because FindMyPast has today released the hospital records for Bedlam, one of the world’s oldest mental health hospitals. The hospital has had a chequered history and I am sure that the release of this dataset will bring forth many stories.

imageFindMyPast is scanning both staff and patient records.  The records released today go into detail about each patient, in many cases documenting their mental state and including photographs of the inmates once photography became available. The records also detail the reasons why they had been deemed insane, with first-hand accounts of the behaviour of the inmates and their families.

“These records provide an extraordinary level of detail about the patients of the Bethlem Royal Hospital as far back as the 17th century,” said Debra Chatfield, family historian at Findmypast.  “Containing letters written in their own words and handwriting, photographs at different stages of their illness, and reports on their day to day behaviour by close family members and the medical staff at the hospital, these records provide, for the very first time online, real insight into life in this infamous institution. It’s hard not to empathise with the inmates as you learn about their often harrowing and tragic stories. Publishing these records online allows those stories to be told for the first time to a wider audience, and you might discover that you had an ancestor who was sent to Bedlam.”image

Also of interest is the website of the Bethlam Museum of the History of the Mind which offers background history and information on Bedlam.

 

 

www.findmypast.co.uk

http://museumofthemind.org.uk/

Bunhill Fields Burials now online

One of most fascinating burial grounds in London is now online – Bunhill Fields. North of the square mile of the City of London this is where your non-conformist/dissenter ancestors may well have been buried. The original records are kept at the National Archives under RG4. The time span for this collection is 1713 – 1854.

Wikipedia has a good page on Bunhill – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunhill_Fields

As does the Blake Society – http://www.blakesociety.org/blakes-grave/bunhill-fields-a-history/

It looks as if it might be a sunny weekend so nothing like a new set of genealogy data to browse whilst in a deck-chair in the garden Smile

 https://www.deceasedonline.com

Image – Creative Commons David Williams http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/2216

Spectator Archive

Spectator Archives, GenealogyIsn’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 Smile

http://archive.spectator.co.uk/