East Kent parish records now fully searchable

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FindMyPast has had the parish registers for those churches within the Canterbury and Maidstone Archdeaconries’ online for some time, but as browse only. So the announcement that they are now fully indexed will be good news for those with Kent ancestry. The records date back to the start of parish registers in 1538 and span up to the 19th century. The original records for Canterbury are held at the newly re-opened Canterbury Cathedral Archives, whilst the Maidstone registers are held at the History & Library Centre at Maidstone.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk

http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/kent_history/kent_history__library_centre.aspx

http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/conservation/archives/

Wiltshire Records now on Ancestry

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Ancestry.co.uk has put online some interesting church records for Wiltshire. It’s been done without the usual fanfare and email out to bloggers, perhaps they are all too busy at RootsTech !

This is a mixed bag of records, the source of the material is vague

Quaker Records

Quaker Births 1636 – 1837
Quaker Deaths 1542 – 1897

These Quaker records were sourced from a private donor, there are no digitized images of the originals and without knowing the provenance it is hard to tell how accurate they are.

Extracted Parish Records 1500’s – 1900’s

These have come from various publications of parish and probate record and at the bottom of the information is this list which I assume is the source for this information

Wiltshire: – Inquisitions Post Mortem returned to the court of chancery, 1242-1326
Wiltshire: – Abstracts of Inquisitions Post Mortem Returned Into the Court              of Chancery, 1327-1377
Wiltshire: – Abstracts of Inquisitions Post Mortem Returned Into the Court of Chancery in the Reign of Charles 1st
Wiltshire: – Registers of Marriages, 1561-1812
Wiltshire: – Registers of Marriages, 1591-1812
Wiltshire: – Registers of Marriages, 1538-1812

 

Wiltshire Marriages 1538 – 1837

This set of transcripts have come from a  private donor, they have been indexed by Ancestry. I am unable to ascertain if it is a full transcript or partial and whether it covers all the parishes of Wiltshire. 

 

Bishops Cannings parish registers transcribed by J H Parry 1906

This is a scan of a privately printed transcript of the parish registers from Bishops Canning, Wiltshire. The transcript runs from 1591 – 1812. The book has an index at the beginning and possibly because of this Ancestry hasn’t indexed it, so use the index and then browse the pages.

Summary

This collection will be useful for those with Wiltshire ancestry, but use them with caution if you find an entry of interest then you need to check the original record as Ancestry seems to have been reticent as to who is the transcriber.

www.ancestry.co.uk

 

Westminster Baptisms Parish & Time Period List

I’ve been playing with the recently released Westminster parish registers that are now available on FindMyPast and found this list of baptisms showing which parishes  have been digitised and for what time period.

This is very helpful and would explain why some of my London people didn’t come up in the search. Hopefully the time periods will be extended as I notice that some of them are only for a few years, such as Chelsea 1900 – 1903.

www.findmypast.co.uk

 

Parish Time Period
ALL SAINTS, ENNISMORE GARDENS, KNIGHTSBRIDGE 1849 – 1921
BELGRAVE CHAPEL, HALKIN STREET 1898 – 1910
CHELSEA 1900 – 1903
CHRIST CHURCH, BROADWAY 1895 – 1921
CHRIST CHURCH, DOWN STREET, MAYFAIR 1865 – 1921
HOLY TRINITY, KNIGHTSBRIDGE 1658 – 1921
HOLY TRINITY, VAUXHALL BRIDGE ROAD 1855 – 1921
MARYLEBONE 1899 – 1914
PADDINGTON 1844 – 1921
SCOTCH CHURCH, MARYLEBONE 1758 – 1921
ST ANDREW, ASHLEY PLACE 1850 – 1921
ST ANNE, SOHO 1686 – 1921
ST ANNE, WESTMINSTER 1817 – 1921
ST ANSELM, DAVIES STREET (HANOVER CHAPEL) 1868 – 1921
ST BARNABAS, PIMLICO 1850 – 1921
ST CLEMENT DANES 1558 – 1921
ST GABRIEL, WARWICK SQUARE, PIMLICO 1292 – 1921
ST GEORGE 1875 – 1920
ST GEORGE, HANOVER SQUARE 1725 – 1921
ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL, ALBEMARLE STREET 1730 – 1903
ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL, MAYFAIR 1735 – 1754
ST JAMES THE LESS, THORNDIKE STREET 1862 – 1921
ST JAMES, PICCADILLY 1669 – 1921
ST JAMES, WESTMINSTER 1739 – 1882
ST JOHN 1839 – 1872
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET 1871 – 1921
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST, CAUSTON STREET 1851 – 1921
ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST, SMITH SQUARE 1728 – 1921
ST JOHN, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET 1871 – 1876
ST JOHNS 1841 – 1877
ST LUKE 1847 – 1850
ST MARGARET, WESTMINSTER 1519 – 1921
ST MARK, NORTH AUDLEY STREET 1863 – 1921
ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS 1681 – 1921
ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS 1838 – 1921
ST MARY LE STRAND 1705 – 1921
ST MARY THE VIRGIN, SOHO 1847 – 1876
ST MARY-LE-STRAND 1558 – 1882
ST MARY, BOURDON STREET 1882 – 1921
ST MARY, SOHO 1875 – 1920
ST MARY, TOTHILL FIELDS 1881 – 1921
ST MARYLEBONE 1782 – 1921
ST MATTHEW, GREAT PETER STREET 1851 – 1921
ST MICHAEL, BURLEIGH STREET 1849 – 1918
ST MICHAEL, CHESTER SQUARE 1846 – 1921
ST PAUL, COVENT GARDEN 1653 – 1921
ST PAUL, WILTON PLACE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE 1843 – 1921
ST PETER, EATON SQUARE, PIMLICO 1802 – 1921
ST PETER, GREAT WINDMILL STREET 1865 – 1921
ST PETER, PALACE STREET 1822 – 1831
ST PETER’S CHAPEL, PALACE STREET 1890 – 1921
ST PHILIP, BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD 1888 – 1919
ST SAVIOUR’S, ST GEORGE’S SQUARE, PIMLICO 1864 – 1921
ST STEPHEN, ROCHESTER ROW 1846 – 1921
ST THOMAS, REGENT STREET 1894 – 1921
STRAND 1872 – 1875
WESTMINSTER 1801 – 1921

Westminster Parish Registers Now Online

Westminster Parish Registers Now OnlineWhatever I was planning to do today has just flown out the window because FindMyPast has added the Westminster Collection to their stable of Parish Registers. 3,000,000 records running from 1538 – 1945 covering 50+ churches in Westminster including the well-known St Martins in the Fields, St Anne Soho, St Clements Danes and lots more.

Those of us with FindMyPast.com subscriptions are especially pleased to see that the records are available on the .com site as well as the .co.uk site.

I am told that this is just the first phase of the project FindMyPast and City of Westminster Archives have embarked on. In the next few months we can look forward to seeing the following online. 

  • Non-conformist registers 1694-1945
  • Cemetery registers 1855-1990
  • Parish rate books 1561-1900
  • Settlement examination books 1701-1840
  • Removal registers 1710-1867
  • Poor relief lists 1715-1869
  • Workhouse admission and discharge books 1725-1869
  • Apprenticeship registers 1640-1869
  • Bastardy records 1657-1825
  • Militia records 1780-1816
  • Watch, constables and beadles’ records 1736-1830
  • Wills and probate records 1504-1829

The chances of finding London ancestors has just increased, log on and enjoy !

www.findmypast.co.uk

image – St Anne Soho

Yorkshire Parish Registers to go online

Yorkshire Parish Registers to go onlineFind My past has announced that they have entered into an agreement with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium to publish online parish registers and bishops transcripts for most of Yorkshire. The Consortium is made up of six Yorkshire Archives

  • East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service
  • Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York)
  • North Yorkshire County Record Office
  • Teesside Archives
  • Sheffield Archives and Local Studies
  • Doncaster Archives and Local Studies

The time span of these records will range from the beginning of parish registers in 1538 to the 20th century and will cover the majority of Yorkshire. No release date has yet been announced.

For those with ancestors in Yorkshire have lots to look forward to in 2013!

www.findmypast.co.uk

image Wikimedia – Bridlington Priory Church Yorkshire England – http://www.flickr.com/people/28496558@N02