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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5 Minute Genealogy episodes on FamilySearch

FamilySearch Learning CentreI’m seeing a lot of negativity about the new FamilySearch website, apart from my concerns about the Family Tree section, and I admit I haven’t looked into that very deeply, I can’t see what all the fuss is about. I suspect that for some people it is more about being familiar with the “old” FamilySearch and not liking change. I see in a blog post from Chris Paton that The National Archives, London is discontinuing their old search section and only offering the new Discovery search engine. Change is what happens as we journey through life so I can’t see why we think the genealogy world should stay static!

Anyway I will now get off my soapbox and continue with what I wanted to write about today !!

FamilySearch has a Learning Centre on the new site, I have written before about the videos, podcasts and written lessons that have been offered in the past, they are excellent and very helpful especially for beginners and those venturing into a new genealogical area or country. The new website offers the archived RootsTech presentation, well worth a look, the lessons that were on the old FamilySearch plus a new beginners course called “5 minute genealogy”. There are 21 episodes all broken down into 5 minute segments so that you can learn and then put into practice each step. The series is based around the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, but can be used wherever you live using the internet and Family History Centres.

I think these lessons, videos and podcasts will be of great help to existing genealogists and also the new generation of genealogists  that are just starting. The theme of RootsTech was to encourage younger people into family history and this new Learning Centre will do just that.


FamilySearch Learning Centre

New FamilySearch website launched

The new designed FamilySearch website has been launched, apart from the completely new look to the site there has been several new facilities added. The major addition is the much debated Family Trees. The idea is that if all genealogists put their genealogy onto the FamilySearch Family Trees researchers would be able to collaborate and share information making the trees much fuller and bigger. Other additions are Fan Charts that can be viewed and printed, the ability to preserve and share family photos and Live Help which means you can contact experienced FamilySearch assistants who will with genealogy queries.

All this is great and FamilySearch is to be commended for their work which they share with all regardless of their religious beliefs. Personally I’m not sold on the idea of putting my research onto their family trees section where anyone can amend it without contact and discussion with me. However I haven’t investigated the trees in depth and may well change my mind later!

I did do a test search of the trees and entered my grandmother, Eliza Bint, into the trees search and amongst the results found her with the right year of her birth and her parents were named, but no sources of where the information was found and no way of knowing how the information came to be on there. I’ll be watching the site during the next few months.

The photograph section was unavailable when I checked due to overwhelming response. This section does excites me as I think it will become THE place to look for family photos. When it becomes available then I shall be taking a good look.

Overall the site has a good feel and is a great asset to the genealogy world.

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.


Family Search new additions

Northumberland Genealogy & Family HistoryFamilySearch has recently added another 19 million indexed and/or digital records to their website, the numbers are mind boggling and represent many, many hours of hard work. The new collections are from a variety of countries Austria, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Ivory Coast, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

The English addition is the Northumberland miscellaneous records 1570 – 2005 and are 16,799 browsable images added to existing records already online, these records are not indexed.

These miscellaneous records comprise Parish Registers, Electoral Registers, Nonconformist Records, and Parish Chest material, I’m not sure why they have been headed as miscellaneous as parish registers are hardly miscellaneous. However that is just nit-picking on my part and I am always very grateful to the LDS for so freely letting non LDS members use their wonderful resources.

It should be noted that these images can only be viewed by non-LDS members at a Family History Centre or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This is a requirement under the agreement between the Northumberland Archives and FamilySearch.

If you click on the link below it will take you to a page where you have two options, the first is to learn more about the collection and the second takes you to a page where you have the option to choose to browse either Cumberland, Durham or Northumberland records. If you click on the Northumberland link then you are presented with a further page listing the parishes covered.

As an example I chose the parish of Ford and this is what is on offer.Old Postcard - Ford Northumberland

  • Baptisms & Burials 1804 – 1812
  • Baptisms 1813 – 1858
  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1684 – 1724
  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1723 – 1750
  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1750 – 1810
  • Burials 1813 – 1848
  • Burials 1848 – 1909
  • Churchwarden Accounts 1841 – 1862
  • Confirmations 1837 – 1872
  • Confirmations 1875 – 1910
  • Marriages & Banns 1754 – 1819
  • Marriages 1813 – 1872
  • Marriages 1837 – 1906
  • Marriages 1928 – 1935
  • Offertory Collections in Ford Church 1843 – 1861
  • Poor Book 1794 – 1800
  • Vestry Meeting Minutes 1689 – 1768
  • Vestry Meeting Minutes 1769 – 1818
  • Vestry Meeting Minutes 1819 – 1861

So you can see that there are some great records available for searching if you have ancestors in the parish of Ford (sadly I don’t). Other parishes have electoral rolls and no parish records so you just have to hope that you are lucky with your particular parish. The collection is being added to all the time so keep checking back. I wonder when they will get round to Hampshire & Berkshire?!!!!