Warwickshire Online Databases

Whilst we are on the subject of Warwickshire …….. the Warwickshire Record Office has a range of online databases which would be very helpful to those with Warwickshire family.

Victuallers Database
The Victuallers database is a database containing details of licensed victuallers in Warwickshire from 1801-1828. The information has been taken from the series of registers of calendars of Victuallers’ Recognizances held by the County Record Office.

Tithe Apportionments Database
Tithe Apportionments database contains information from the Warwickshire tithe apportionments, produced after the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836. Not all our parishes have apportionments, but those that have now appear on this website and the data entry is complete.

Calendar of Prisoners
The Calendars of Prisoners database is an index to the ‘Calendars of Prisoners’ or lists of those held in the County Prisons (in Warwick, Birmingham and Coventry) for trial at the Courts of Assize and the Quarter Sessions courts held in Warwick between 1800 and 1900.

Windows on Warwickshire
Windows on Warwickshire is a searchable database of images of historic photographs and other items held at Warwickshire museums, archives and libraries, as well as Compton Verney Art Gallery and Warwick Castle.


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Warwickshire Parish Records Online

Did you know that Warwickshire parish records are online on Ancestry so if you don’t live near the record office you can easily access them online. If you aren’t a subscriber remember that you can sign up for a 14 day free trial or many public libraries offer free access to Ancestry.

The records are Baptisms 1538 – 1906, Marriages 1538 – 1910, Burials 1538 – 1910 and miscellaneous parish papers such as removal papers, vestry minutes and deeds. What a treasure trove for those with Warwickshire ancestry, sadly my family dipped into Warwickshire for a generation only and then scuttled back to Hampshire !!


Paths to Crime

clip_image002There is an interesting blog written by the staff of the Bedfordshire Record Office called Paths to Crime. The blog concerns itself with documents and their stories that are coming to light due to the Paths to Crime project

The aim of this two year project is to catalogue and repackage the Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions Rolls from 1831-1900. This collection of court papers will be a valuable resource for both the family and social historian.

The latest blog is called And Your Name Is ?. Well worth a read and shows what a great resource these Quarter Session Rolls are.



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Dorset Parish Registers & Wills

A press release from Ancestry.co.uk …..

Very good news if you have Dorset ancestry, seems as if they have got an agreement with Dorset Archives. It appears that Ancestry is working with the Record Offices & Findmypast with the Family History Societies. We live in interesting times !!


16th-century Dorset was a fascinating place. It was at the heart of England?s religious disputes, with seven abbeys dissolved by Henry VIII and Catholics fleeing to France off its coast.
It was a naval stronghold, supplying eight of the ships that destroyed the Spanish Armada in 1588.
It was also a hive for pirates and smugglers, to the extent that special commissioners were appointed to patrol the seas.
Families living in these troubled times faced difficult decisions every day. From simple choices like whether conditions at sea were conducive to fishing; to life-changing judgements such as what religion to follow, there were risks at every turn.
You can see how your ancestors coped with such testing circumstances with new parish and probate records at Ancestry.co.uk.

Work your way through the generations to follow the twists and turns in your family?s past. Parish records for Dorset will be released going all the way back to the Tudor period, but get started with these earlier collections right now on Ancestry.co.uk.
Dorset Parish Records 1913 – 2001  includes over one million records of baptisms, marriages, burials and confirmations all over the county.
Once you pinpoint the parish where your forebears lived, you can quickly build a timeline of the key events in their lives.
You can then delve deeper with Dorset Wills & Probate 1565 – 1858.
The wills themselves show who benefitted from each estate ? providing vital clues about family relationships.
If you’re lucky enough to find an inventory, that will provide a complete list of your relative’s personal possessions ? from expensive jewellery to simple pots and pans.
As you build your family tree, call in on key moments in history, from D-Day landings, through rural riots, to bloody civil war battles.
And see how these crucial events impacted your ancestors? lives.



Gwent Record Office Closure

clip_image002Bad news for those who were intending to visit Gwent Record Office over the summer, but good news that they are moving to better premises.

The following information has been received from the Gwent Record Office.

The Gwent Record Office will be closed to the public from 30th July 2011 until October 2011 in order to move to its new site at Ebbw Vale.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but look forward to welcoming visitors to the new Gwent Archives.
For progress on the move, please see our website:
www.gwentarchives.gov.uk and www.archifaugwent.gov.uk.

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