More Surrey records on FindMyPast

St Marys Rotherhithe Church

FindMyPast has added more Surrey records to their Thames & Medway Collection. This time round it is the turn of St Mary’s Rotherhithe and St Paul’s Rotherhithe, the records are transcripts of baptisms 1850 – 1900 & marriages 1870 – 1885. The mother church for Rotherhithe is St Mary which has parish registers dating from 1555, St Paul’s was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1850. The baptisms entries state that the ceremonies took place at St Mary’s, but we are told that they actually took place at St Paul’s.

Sadly St Paul’s was demolished in 1955, but St Mary’s still remains. The church has a website with information on the history of parish. A link to the website is given below.

These transcripts have been provided to FindMyPast by Rob Cottrell.

New Warwickshire parish transcripts online


FindMyPast have just announced new additions to their Warwickshire Parish Transcripts Collection. The new records are for the following …




Newbold upon Avon, Rugby

Baptisms    1559-1876
Marriages   1559-1837
Burials        1560-1901

The Rugby Family history Group provided these records.



Marriages   1757-2011
All Saints Leamington Hastings, St Giles Chesterton, Harbury, St Margaret Woolston, St Michael Bishops Itchington, St Mary the Virgin Rudford, Stockton, St John Baptist Stanbridge, Holy Trinity Long Itchington, St Lawrence Napton, St Mary Farleigh, St Alkmund Derby, St Mary Cubbington, St Peter & Paul Cofe Deddington Oxon, All Saints Harbury, St Michael & All Angels Warfield Berks, All Saints Leek Wootton, St John Baptist Clarendon Park Leics, St Peter & Clare Fenny Compton, St Nicholas Kenilworth, St Michael & All Angels Ufton, Romsey Abbey, St John Baptist Blisworth, St Peter Wormleighton, St Mark Winshill, St Mary Tysoe, St John Brandon Co. Durham.

The Southam marriage records are for what is called “away banns”, this means that either the bride or groom was a resident of Southam and the other party came from a different parish.

Burials   1539-2012

The Southam records were provided by Pam Batstone and Mary Williams.

Boyd’s Inhabitants of London & Boyd’s Family Units

Percival Boyd would have loved the internet, he was a prolific indexer and produced the Boyd’s Marriage index and the lesser known, but as important Boyd’s Inhabitants of London and Boyd’s Family Units. I can imagine that if he was alive today he would be pleased to have his indexes available on the internet and I suspect he may have been quite a presence on the genealogy blogging scene!

What is Boyd’s Inhabitants of London?

Boyd’s Inhabitants of London are sheets that contain details of a family living in London, the sources for the information are varied and not always documented. The time period covered is generally 16th to 18th century.  The collection has in the region of 60,000 sheets, all handwritten.

As a source for family history Boyd’s Inhabitants of London are invaluable as they can link families outside of London with those who migrated to the city. It is well worth searching this collection even if you haven’t discovered any ancestors in London.

What is Boyd’s Family Units?

Boyd’s Family Units were designed by Percival Boyd to be an extension to Inhabitants of London, it comprises of a further 10,00 sheets with families coming from a wider geographical area. The two collections have been amalgamated by FindMyPast into one index which contains over half a million names as more than one person is named on each sheet. The time period covered is lengthier than the Inhabitants of London, 14th to 20th century.

Where are the Boyd’s Inhabitants of London & Boyd’s Family Units?

The original sheets are in the care of the Society of Genealogists, London, but have been scanned, indexed and placed online by FindMyPast.

What can you expect to find on Boyd’s Inhabitants of London & Boyd’s Family Units?

Each Boyd’s Inhabitants of London sheet starts with a man who often, but not always, was a citizen of London, it has the parish in which he is living also it may, or may not, have his wife’s name and the date and place of marriage, his parents details, his children’s names and dates of baptism, his occupations and other such notes that may have been found on the documents consulted to make up the sheet.

The Boyd’s Family Units sheets can start with a man who has links with England, he may be living anywhere worldwide. they then have similar details noted as the Inhabitants of London. The British Empire countries are well represented here as well as America, this makes this a valuable collection for those who have ancestors who have left England to make their fortunes elsewhere.

As both of these collections are fully indexed they are easily searched so really it would be worth while for anyone to enter their family names in the search box.

Below is an example of a sheet from Boyd’s Inhabitants of London, it is for Matthew Pottinger an ancestor of mine who I had no reason to think had left rural Berkshire to establish a business in London. The sheets mentions his will in which he named his brother John & his wife Dorothy, his brother Nicholas & his wife Dorothy and their son Richard and his sister Mary. This was enough information to make me surmise that this Matthew was “my” Matthew. A copy of London Matthew’s will confirmed that he was indeed mine. The clincher was his bequest of monies for the poor of his home parish of Compton in Berkshire. What wasn’t mentioned in the Boyd’s sheet was that he left the majority of his estate to his maid servant this must have surprised his seemingly very conventional farming family!

Boyd’s Inhabitants of London

Below is an example of one of the Boyd’s Family Units sheets. This is for Richard Pyott who was from Staffordshire and names his wife, her parents, their children and their spouses, his occupation, reference numbers of wills for both Richard and his wife and a description of his arms. Valuable information for those researching the Pyott family history.


Thanks must go to the memory of Percival Boyd who worked so long and diligently to provide the genealogical world with such valuable indexes.

Cheshire Wills & Probates 1711 – 1772

Find My Past Cheshire Collection

FindMyPast has added 8,163 new Chester wills & probate records to their Cheshire Collection. The time period covered is 1711 – 1772 and will be greeted with enthusiasm by those with ancestors who lived in this county.

What is the Cheshire Collection?

The original records that comprise the Cheshire Collection are housed at the Cheshire Archives and are a wide range of records that are essential data for those who are researching ancestors in the county of Cheshire.

What can I find in the Cheshire Collection?

The Cheshire Collection is made up of bishop’s transcripts, wills & probate documents, parish registers, electoral registers, marriage bonds & allegations, non-conformist records including Roman Catholic registers, land tax records and workhouse documents. There is so much more here than the usual offerings of baptism, marriage and burial registers.

Where can I find the Cheshire Collection?

FindMyPast has the above records either online or they will be online in the near future. If you live close to the Cheshire Archives in Chester then you can book a seat and use their facilities. The archive hold many more additional records than those scanned and put online by FindMyPast. GenealogyFind My Past has quietly put up their new worldwide web site which will allow access to all their records. The site is tagged as a Beta version and they are offering a reduced price subscription for a limited number of customers. This is presumably so that they can test the site and make sure everything is working 100% before they go live properly.

FindMyPast now has Irish, Australian and US records including the newly released 1940 census as well as their UK records and these will all be accessible with this one new subscription. This new move will bring them into competition with and it will be interesting to see how Ancestry reacts.

To take a look simply follow this link