Community Trees

Community TreesIn the April issue of WDYTYA magazine there is a very useful article about how to get the best out of www.familysearch.org. It is written by Sharon Hintz who is the director of the London Family History Centre. Sharon is an excellent genealogist who really knows her subject.

One of the items in the article caught my eye because I had used this dataset, but couldn’t seem to find it later on the website. It was Boyd’s Inhabitants of London and I had found it had one or two entries for my Pottinger family. I have to admit I hadn’t spent much time looking on the site and had put it in the “must get back and search for this properly” bin !!

Anyway below is the link for that dataset, but even if that doesn’t interest you take a look at all the other datasets on offer. There are items from all round the world, but Surrey Visitations, info on Eaton Bray, Bedfordshire & Royal and Noble Houses with Colonial American Connections caught my eye.

I’m off to have a happy few hours searching round this part of the Familysearch site as soon as I have finished this post!!

http://histfam.familysearch.org/learnmore.php

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The British Newspaper Archive

The British Newspaper ArchiveLooks like we are not far away from the launch of The British Newspaper Archive website which is a joint venture between The British Library and Brightsolid who are the Findmypast & Scotland’s People parent company

The website is live, but there is no access to content, but that is due before the end of this year. Even though there aren’t any newspapers to read it is a good opportunity to play around with the website and read the information that is there.

 

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/index.php

 

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Warwickshire Parish Registers 1538 -1900

Warwickshire Parish Registers 1538  1900

Amongst the latest releases from www.familysearch.org are some English records.

These records are indexes of the original registers, unlike the previous post there are not any scanned images available. However they are still a very useful resource for tracking down ancestors in Warwickshire.

Here is the link to the indexes …. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1462403

Here is the link to the Wiki on these records … https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England_Warwickshire_Church_of_England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

 

Cornwall Parish Registers 1538 – 2010

 

Cornwall Parish Registers 1538   2010

Amongst the latest releases from www.familysearch.org are some English records.

The info on Cornish parish registers is ….

Cornwall parish registers containing baptisms, marriages, banns, and burials. Records are restricted for privacy reasons according to the following dates: baptisms to 1910, marriages to 1935, and burials to present. Date ranges of available records may vary by locality and availability. This collection is being published as images become available.

These records are scans of the original registers which is great, however they have not all been indexed so you may have to browse the records page by page – just like the old days when we used to trek to the Record Office !

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1769414

I can recommend reading the Research Wiki before you start using these records only takes a minute or two, but it is important they you have a sound understanding of the records that you are looking at. Knowledge is King in genealogy!

https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England_Cornwall_Church_of_England_Parish_Registers_and_Bishops%E2%80%99_Transcripts_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

 

Familysearch Batch Numbers

 

Familysearch Batch NumbersMany of you will have used the very useful Hugh Wallis Batch Number site over the past few years. It was a great site which was so helpful to so many family historians. Sadly it now has many problems due to the change in how the new family search website is constructed.

 

However there is a good entry on the familysearch blog which might help researchers. The site starts …..

The Hugh Wallis web site has been a popular and effective online utility tool for researchers to find relevant data on all ancestral connections found in FamilySearch extraction batches of vital and parish records of birth/christenings and marriages. Due to changes in the FamilySearch.org system, the web site became disabled and out of service until recently. Now, some batches do not appear in Batch Number searches.

The Hugh Wallis site is still there, but isn’t working 100% so if you are having troubles go and read the Familysearch blog and all may (or may not !) become clear.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis/

 

https://familysearch.org/node/1381