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.

Dixon-Scott Photographic Collection

Dixon-Scott Collection Family HistoryI am sure that some of you already know about the National Archives Labs website, but I didn’t and think that many of my readers also may have missed out on hearing about the Labs.

The Labs are a test area where the National Archives try improvements and new ideas out and then ask for feedback from those who visit the site. Generally a very interesting site to see what may be coming next at TNA.

One of the sections on the Labs website is the Dixon-Scott Collection which comprises 14,000 photographs taken between 1920 – 1940. This resource can be searched by location and viewed free of charge.

John Dixon-Scott became concerned about the way rural and urban England was changing and not always for the better. He toured England taking photographs of the vanishing landscape so that at least it was preserved in a visual form. If the town or village that your ancestral families lived in are amongst those featured in this collection then you will be able to get a glimpse of a lost way of life.


Hidden Lives – The Children’s Society

The Hidden Lives website might not supply any names for your family history, but it does give a glimpse into the lives of the children who came under the care of The Waifs & Strays’ Society now know as The Children’s Society. The site focuses on the time period 1881 – 1918 and is made up of documents from the society’s archives. There is background information about children’s homes, fully searchable editions of the various publications of the society, photographs of the children and also examples of case files.

The society cared for children both in their residential homes and also in the community. None of the children are identified by name, but if you find one of your ancestors who were taken care of by The Children’s Society or a similar organisation this website will give you an understanding of the work undertaken to alleviate the suffering of the children and the lives of the children themselves.

Photographic Collection now online at Families in British India Society website Families in British India Society is well known for it’s quality genealogy website focusing on those British ancestors who lived and work in India. The society announced recently that they have been allowed to place online the John Morgan collection of photographs taken in the 19th & 20th century in India.

John Morgan is a collector of material which he then hires out to film & TV as props. Amongst his wide ranging collection are three photograph albums, all labelled and taken in India. What a find! John was kind enough to allow the society to have them reproduced and uploaded onto their website.

The photos are free for everyone to browse through, but exclusive to FIBIS members are two indexes which allows much quicker access to those photos which are of interest. Membership is £15 per year for UK members and a few £’s more for European or Worldwide based members.

This collection is a joy to browse through, the photographs are very evocative of a world that is no more.

Cotswold Parish Church Photographs

This site offers over 9,000 images of interior, exterior, monuments, fonts, stained glass windows of the parish churches of Cotswold in all nearly 900 churches.

Lots of lovely background material especially if you can’t get to visit the churches yourself.