GRO Indexes move from LMA to Newcastle City Library

clip_image002Those of you who have used the GRO Indexes to births, marriages and deaths at the London Metropolitan Archive will find them missing on your next visit. The indexes are being moved to Newcastle City Library. However all is not lost as you can access the indexes by using on one of the computers in the library.

Of course if you wish to search the indexes at home and you don’t subscribe to Ancestry then you can use the excellent free website

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Fire Insurance

When I lived in Fair Oak in Hampshire one of the old houses had a Fire Mark over the door in the shape of a sun. In the 18th century this was to show that the owners of the house had insured with the Sun Fire Office. I think the idea was that if it caught fire the company’s private fire brigade would arrive and put the fire out. I assume that if there wasn’t a Fire Mark for that particular company on the building they watched it burn!!

Anyway there is an index to some of these insurance policies online. You need to go to the advanced Search on A2A at The National Archives website 
and select the Guildhall Library from the repository list and then enter a “name” and/or “address” and the word “insured” into the all these words field.

I put in Pottinger insured and got 6 hits. One of which was this

Insured: William Pottinger, 27 Queen Street, Cheapside, tailor and draper. Other property or occupiers: Parish of Great Pornder, Essex (Law and others); Parish of Bloxham, Oxon (baker)

So enough to give you some idea if this applies to one of your ancestors.

There is a good leaflet about these records at

and an excellent article in the October 2011 edition of Your Family History magazine.

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London Wills 1523 – 1857 has just released London wills 1523 – clip_image0021857. Wow !! What a resource these are going to be. A veritable goldmine for all genealogists. Most family trees are going to have ancestors who wandered through London at some stage so it is well worth taking a look.

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LMA & Ancestry

clip_image002Got an email from the FFHS this morning about a meeting that they attended regarding cuts at the LMA. Amongst the information given was news about what Ancestry is releasing next from the LMA. It seems that London wills and Electoral Rolls will go online later this year along with the 1911 census. These releases will be followed by City of London Freedoms and talks are being held with the Livery Companies about digitising their records which are held by the LMA.

So good news, plenty of helpful London additions coming our way. It was interesting to note that the 1911 census will be included in all subscriptions not just the more expensive ones. Findmypast has had a good run with their exclusive offering of the 1911 census and I am sure they paid dearly for that right, but it will be good to see the census more widely available and affordable.

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Pre 1812 London Parish Registers online now has the pre 1812 London parish registers indexed as well as the digital images online. This is great news for those with London ancestors, and let’s face it who hasn’t!

You will need to have a subscription to access these indexes and images, but it has got to be cheaper for most of us than a trip to London. Of course your local library might have a library subscription to Ancestry so you could ask about that.



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