Surrey Records now on Ancestry

Surrey Parish Registers GenealogyHot off the press is the news that Ancestry has added Surrey Parish records 1538 – 1987 to their collection. Surrey borders London/Middlesex so those with ancestors who lived in the capital should search these records also.

The collection consists of 4 sections

Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1538 – 1812

Baptisms 1813 – 1912

Marriages 1754 – 1937

Burials 1813 – 1987

Many parishes combined the three types of records into one registers hence the 1538 – 1812 section, after Hardwick’s Act in 1754 separate registers for marriages had to be kept and then Rose’s Act of 1812 meant that separate registers were required for all three events.

If you want to learn more about parish registers go to my lesson page at

Medieval Church discovered in Lincoln

Lincoln Cathedral Genealogy

Another passion in my life is archaeology and on the excellent Archaeology News Network website there is a report that brings genealogy and archaeology together. A medieval church has been discovered underneath Lincoln Cathedral, it is thought it dates from the period after the Roman’s left Britain but before 1066. The unexpected discovery was made when archaeologists examined the site prior to a lift shaft being constructed. Burials have been found at 3 metres below the surface and some of the skeletons were wrapped in a finely woven cloth.

Of course what I, as a genealogist, wants to know is are there any records that can tell us who was buried there !!


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Ancestors gone to New York?

New York GenealogyDid any of your ancestors sail across the Atlantic and settle in New York? Many of us will find that people who disappear between census suddenly appear in the Big Apple. FamilySearch have just released a very informative free guide to New York ancestors. The guide comprises a series of research articles about tracing ancestors in New York City which is a vast area so you need all the help you can get.

One of the many interesting points made in the articles is that early New York records are held on The Netherlands. Included is a link to the records available online through the FamilySearch website.

Cheshire Bishops Transcripts updated

 Genealogy - Marton Church, Cheshire

FamilySearch has uploaded more of the Cheshire Bishop Transcripts, 1598 – 1900. The time period covered will vary from parish to parish, but to help with “your” parish I can found this very helpful page giving a table with parish, type of event, time period and number of records included in the database –

There is a FamilySearch Wiki with a full description of the records and what you might find in them

The collection can be search online at

So if you have Cheshire ancestors this will keep you busy for a few hours Open-mouthed smile

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FindMyPast adds a massive 450,000 parish records to their genealogy collection

St Andrew's Church Tostock Suffolk - Genealogy

FindMyPast has added nearly half a million parish records to their England and Wales Parish Records Collection. The new additions cover Suffolk, Wiltshire, Northumberland & Durham, Sheffield and Ryedale and the type and time periods are as follows:

  • 141,525 Suffolk Baptisms 1753-1911
  • 244,309 Wiltshire Baptisms 1538-1867
  • 27,420 Northumberland & Durham Burials 1587-2009
  • 22,687 Sheffield Baptisms 1837-1968
  • 8,181 Sheffield Marriages 1824-1991
  • 7,113 Ryedale Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1754-1999

The records have been supplied by the various family history societies that cover these areas. The records are transcripts and therefore may not always be a complete record of what is on the originals.