Bromsgrove Messenger newspaper now online

Bromsgrove Messenger

The Bromsgrove branch of the Birmingham & Midlands Society for Genealogy & Heraldry have digitised their local paper the Bromsgrove Messenger and uploaded the images onto their website. The time period covered is 1860 – 1937. The newspaper hasn’t been indexed, so must be browsed page by page.

What a valuable resource for those with family from this area and all due to the labours of one man Martin Stephens who is a member of the Bromsgrove branch of the BMSHG.

Definitely a Genealogy Saint !

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.

The Gentleman’s Magazine

The Gentleman's Magazine

No I haven’t been browsing the top shelf of my local newsagents (!), I have just finished reading a good article in the January Who Do You Think You Are? magazine about this publication which started life in 1731 and ceased publication in 1922. The idea of the magazine was to produce a monthly digest of news, commentary and, of great interest to genealogists, announcements of births, marriages and deaths, appointments and promotion amongst the clergy and armed forces.

The magazine was aimed at the upper classes and that is who features amongst the bmd’s and appointments so don’t expect to find your ag lab or small farmer much amongst the pages unless they committed some frightful crime in which case they may be given considerable attention!

I have used the Gentleman’s Magazine with regard to various of my ancestral families and had some good results.

The magazine is available at several places on the internet, not all of them seem to have complete runs so a surname search of each might be a good idea. Be aware that these magazines will have been indexed using OCRclip_image002[4] and that isn’t always 100% reliable. The magazine has had indexes published over the years which are more reliable and they can be found online.

Wikipedia offers a good overview of the magazine’s history and is well worth reading before you embark on searching the publication.

Those with subscriptions or free 14 day trials at Ancestry can find magazine excerpts 1731 – 1868 in their databases. The Bodleian Library at Oxford offers a number of historic journals including The Gentleman’s Magazine online.

Google Books has a good selection and some of the indexes, offers 618 results on a search for Gentleman’s magazine, I see that some entries on the front page of results directs you to Google Books, but there are other entries from alternative sources.

The Hathi Trust, which I had never heard of before, has all the volumes 1736 – 1849 and the indexes, they are scanned and online. This seemed to be the best source. I think I shall have to return to the Hathi Trust website and spend some time seeing what is there as it looks as if it has great possibilities as a genealogical resource.’s_Magazine’s+magazine

Historical Newspapers now at FindMyPast

British Newspapers GenealogyNewspapers are a rich seam of information when you are tracing your family history, they can add details which are not to be found elsewhere. has added a Newspaper Collection to their offerings. As many will be aware Brightsolid who owns FindMyPast also owns the British Newspaper Archive website so I suspect this is a spin off from that.

The new collection comprises 200+ titles and covers the time period 1710 – 1950, more titles are promised in the future. The titles come from England, Wales & Scotland so there should be something to please most genealogists and local historians.

This collection does not seem to be available on the website only on the site, this is very disappointing and I do hope that FindMyPast will soon be offering all the UK website as part of their so called World Wide subscription.

Kent Newspapers

Kent NewspaperA selection of abstracts from Kent newspapers are offered on this website. I like newspapers as they often offer insights into our ancestors lives that dusty records can’t. Mind you sometimes they can tell us things about our family that we would prefer not to know !!