Canterbury Archive Collection online

Just a couple of hours ago FindMyPast announced the launch online of the Canterbury Collection. This is a major addition to their offerings for Kent and is a significant archive to have as a partner.

What is the Canterbury Archive Collection?

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FindMyPast and the Canterbury Archives announced their partnership earlier this year and it has meant that whilst the archives are closed the material is still available for research. Also, of course, it means that those who are unable to visit Canterbury can now have access to the documents. The documents released today are of the parish registers of the churches within the Archdeaconry, and is of scanned images not transcripts so it is as good as being at the archives. The images at the present time have not been indexed, but it is hoped that indexes will be available later this year.

What can you expect to find in the Canterbury Archive Collection?

A lesson on parish registers can be found at Mad About Genealogy’s sister site Teach Yourself Family History, this lesson explains what details the records will contain at what time period.

How to use the Canterbury Archive Collection.

The collection is available on www.findmypast.co.uk which is one of the major subscription website. The records will also be available at the Canterbury Cathedral Archives once they reopen in the autumn. It would be wise to phone the archives first to ascertain when the archives will be re-opened and to book a seat in the reading room as space is limited.

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Because the images have not been indexed the “old” way of researching will have to be employed. The parish will need to be identified as the most likely place for the event to have occurred and the time period that it would have happened in. Then it is a case of reading through the register page by page. This won’t be as onerous as it sounds as the registers make fascinating reading.

The time period covered is 1538 – 2005, but of course this period will vary parish to parish depending on when the church was built and if the records have survived.

So if you have ancestors in Canterbury Archdeaconry of Kent then this collection certainly merits time spent researching.

Links

http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org

www.findmypastco.uk

Welsh Parish Registers online

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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

Suffolk Parish registers online

FindMyPast has added lots more baptism and marriage transcripts for Suffolk to their parish records collection. The time period covered is Baptisms 1754-1905 and Marriages 1754-1812.

These transcripts were compiled by members of the Suffolk Family History Society and are made available in association with the Federation of Family History Societies. What would we do without sure organisations!

www.findmypast.co.uk

http://www.suffolkfhs.co.uk/

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Surrey Marriages online

Surrey Marriages onlineThose of you who follow this site regularly will know about my theory that Ancestry put the announcements up on their site a few hours before the link is 100% working. Well it has happened again, I have been busy on the Ancestry site and suddenly a Surrey Marriages button comes up.

So if you think you have ancestors who may have married in Surrey it would pay to take a look in a few hours time when it is up and running !

www.ancestry.co.uk

Find My Past Parish Records

Find My Past Parish RecordsIn one of my previous posts I mentioned how hard it was to find out which parishes and for what time period were covered on the Find My Past parish records collection. Being the sort of genealogist who likes to know these things I emailed Find My Past and Liam Kelly promptly replied. Many thanks Liam Find My Past Parish Records

The general link to the whole collection is

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records

but you then have to click the “next” to get to the various pages where the info is. Along the way you will go through pages that have some good descriptions of the records you are looking at. Very useful for those who are new to genealogy or who have gone along not really knowing the ins and outs of parish registers. Well worth a read.

So that you don’t have to go through all the pages if you just want to get to the listings here are the links to the actual coverage info.

Churches & Burial Grounds in City of London Collection. The lists are down the page.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/city-of-london-burials

Burial Records.

These are from all around the country, some are county wide others from a specific parish.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/other-burials

Marriage Records.

Like the burials these are from all around the country, some are county wide others from a specific parish.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/marriages

Baptism Records.

Again these are like the burials & marriages.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/help-and-advice/knowledge-base/parish-records/baptisms

So there is the information, go and have a look to see if your parishes are covered and if they are then I can guess what you will be doing for the rest of the day !!

www.findmypast.co.uk