Isle of Man Genealogical Treasure House online

clip_image002A friend and fellow genealogist the late Chris Cannell was the local fount of all knowledge as far as Manx genealogy was concerned. Every time the subject of Isle of Man research comes up, and it comes up more often than you would think, Chris comes to mind. He would be thrilled to know that the newly opened iMusuem in Douglas had a online presence that offered thousands of records online.

Amongst the many items available are the following which will be of special interest to genealogists …

Baptisms 1600 – 1981

Marriages 1589-1900

Burials 1598-2003

Census Index for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1891, 1901

Registered Deeds, 1880-1910

Manx Newspapers, 1792 to 1960

Island People photographs, 1860s-late 20th century.

Island Places photographs, 1860- early 21st century.

Frowde’s photos of the Douglas demolition 1930s.

Plus images of artworks, War Memorials, Manx language books, costumes & textiles and much, much more.

There is a charge for searching the newspaper archive of £7 for 24 hour access up to £100 for a years subscription. There are a number of levels of subscription available between these two. The rest of the website material is available free of charge.

This site has placed itself squarely as the No.1 centre for Manx genealogical research and a well deserved ranking it is too.

Manchester Parish Records now Online at Ancestry

Manchester Parish RecordsI thought Ancestry & FindMyPast were about due to release another set of records, all genealogists need a regular hit of something new to search and Ancestry has just delivered……..

The release is Manchester parish records 1541 – 1985. The original records are held by the Manchester Libraries and Archives. A list of parishes is available online at Ancestry, in all 64 parishes are included.

A while ago FindMyPast also released a collection of Manchester records from the same source, their collection consists of apprenticeship records, cemetery & death records, school admissions & discharges, prison registers and workhouse registers.

So between the two rivals there is a splendid range of records for those with Manchester ancestors. This should keep my friend, Jill, whose family on both sides comes from within a small radius of Manchester, very happy !!

Catholic Ancestors – National Library and Family History Society

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Do you have ancestors who were of the Catholic faith? Of course prior to the falling out Henry 8th had with Rome all our ancestors attended Roman Catholic Churches, but that is another story !

The Catholic National Library is house at St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough which is of interest to me as my father undertook building and masonry work there for quite a few years and I know the abbey well. They have a website with an online catalogue, opening hours of the library for research and other information of interest to genealogists. Well worth looking at if you have ancestors of the Catholic faith.

The Catholic Family History Society has published a number of CD’s of births, marriages, burials, and  wills etc.

  • St Anne, Junction St, Ancoats, Manchester baps 1848 – 1874
  • St Mary’s, Mulberry Street, Manchester  baps 1820-1831
  • St Patrick’s, Livesey Street, Manchester baps 1832-1860
  • St. Patrick’s, Livesey St., Manchester, burials1832-1858
  • Lancashire Catholic Wills 1492 – 1894
  • Lancashire Registers vol. 1 – covers The Register of Wrightington Hall (later St Joseph’s), The Registers of Standish Hall (later St Marie’s), St Wilfrid with St Mary RC Parish, Preston, Lancashire.
  • Sardinian Embassy Chapel Register, London 1772 – 1841
  • Miscellaneous London transcripts vol 1 – covers 27 indexed transcriptions of Catholic parish registers from churches, chapels and missions in the County of Middlesex.
  • Miscellaneous London transcripts vol 2 – covers a further 23 indexed transcriptions of Catholic parish registers from churches, chapels and missions in the ecclesiastical division known as the London District until 1850.
  • Introduction to Catholic Southampton by Canon R. E. Scantlebury covers The Registers of St Joseph’s Church, Southampton, Introduction to St Joseph’s Registers with Transcriptions of the Latin & French entries, Biography of Fr H. C. E. Van Doorne, the Belgian Poet & Curate and Historian of St Joseph’s, A full transcription of the Pylewell House and Elm Cottage Marriage Register (1843 and 1855).


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Connected Histories

Connected Histories

I’ve written about this website before, but took another look today as I was finishing off the last pieces of one of my talks that I am giving on the Unlock The Past Cruise next month.

Four new resources have been added to the website.

  • Convict Transportation Register Database
  • John Foxe’s The Acts & Monuments Online
  • 19th century British Pamphlets
  • Archbishopric of York Cause Papers

This site is turning into a real treasure chest of data useful to family and local historians. A simple surname search covers all 22 websites which are linked to Connected Histories. Some of the websites are pay, but others are free and even if your search turns up something from one of the pay sites and you don’t wish to subscribe, a brief description might be most useful in pointing you in the right direction for further research.

New Genealogy Records on FamilySearch

clip_image002 has released some new additions to their Cheshire & Northumberland Collections.

The Cheshire Collection has 31,521 new records indexed, and Northumberland has 525 images added to its collection. The Northumberland additions are not indexed so won’t come up in a general FamilySearch search, you will need to browse them by parish.