Old Maps on New Website

Old Maps on New Website<p><!   Google Ads Injected by Adsense Explosion 1.1.5   ><div class=adsxpls id=adsxpls2 style=padding:7px; display: block; margin left: auto; margin right: auto; text align: center;><!   AdSense Plugin Explosion num: 1   ><script type=text/javascript><!  

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>Old maps from places such as the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and many overseas archives are now available online thanks to a joint venture between the University of Portsmouth and JISC.

More archives & libraries have signed up to allow their collections to be put online in the months to come so this is a site which need to be bookmarked as a favourite and returned to on a regular basis.

The graphics come through very clearly and also on a side bar is some interesting information about the map. Maps add so much to a family history that I am sure we will all join in congratulating the University of Portsmouth in offering such a wonderful site.

http://www.oldmapsonline.org

Hertfordshire Archives & Find My Past

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>Hertfordshire Archives has joined forces with FindMyPast to digitise their parish register holdings 1538 – 1990. According to the Archives Twitter page the registers should be available for online searching by the end of 2012.

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p> The Archives online catalogue and names index have proved to be very helpful and are well worth the time looking at whilst we wait for the parish registers to become available.

http://www.hertsdirect.org/services/leisculture/heritage1/hals/

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Surrey Marriages now working

Surrey Marriages now workingYesterday I posted that the advert for Surrey Marriages popped up on Ancestry, but the button didn’t take you to them.

Now they are up and running and it seems they are “London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921” so there is lots more than just Surrey marriages. A very long time span and a very important set of documents. Isn’t it lovely to have the London Metropolitan Archives at home !!

www.ancestry.co.uk

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Below is a description of what marriage bonds & allegations are, this is taken from the Ancestry site.

This database contains marriage allegations and bonds created by individuals applying for marriage licenses in parishes in the Diocese of Winchester (Surrey) and the Diocese of London, England.

Historical Background

Before civil registration began in 1837, most people in England during the timespan of these records married by banns or by license, as required by law. The process of requesting a license included providing a written allegation stating a couple’s intent to marry and asserting that there were no legal obstacles to the marriage. From 1604 until 1823, the allegation was made sure by bond. Two witnesses, one of them typically the groom, swore to the bond, which would be forfeit if the claims of the allegation proved false and a legal impediment to the marriage, such as consanguinity, arose.

Marriage allegations and bonds often exist where licenses don’t because, while the license was given to a member of the wedding party to present to the officiant at the ceremony, the allegation stayed with the authority who issued it.

What Is in the Records

This database contains marriage allegations and bonds from parishes in the Diocese of Winchester (Surrey) and the Diocese of London. Marriage allegations typically listed the following details:

  • groom (name, age, marital status, occupation, parish)
  • bride (name, age, marital status, parish)
  • parish where the marriage was to take place

Minors might list father, mother, or guardian. Ages sometimes indicated only that the party was 21 or older.

www.ancestry.co.uk

New National Archives Catalogue online

New National Archives Catalogue onlineThe National Archives has launched their new online catalogue, the old one will be disappearing soon so we will all be using the new “Discovery” Catalogue from now on. This catalogue will incorporate the Documents Online as well. I have had a play and it seems very smooth and easy to use.

The press release says …..

This year we will be replacing our current Catalogue and DocumentsOnline service with Discovery.

Discovery is The National Archives’ new catalogue, providing a new way to explore our collections. Discovery is much more than a replacement for the current Catalogue, as it has been designed to host, search and display the many different databases and datasets held at The National Archives. By doing so it provides a more robust and integrated system to manage current and future data and storage needs, along with a consistent and seamless user experience.

More about it at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/692.htm

Discovery is at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/

Gressenhall Workhouse

Gressenhall WorkhouseI came across this website whilst looking for something else as you do on the internet ! If you have ancestors who were unlucky enough to have been inhabitants of the Gressenhall Workhouse in Norfolk then you will be fascinated by this website. The workhouse first opened in 1776 and didn’t close until 1948 so quite a long span of time.

If you live in the area then a visit would be fascinating, but for the rest of us this site will prove to be a good 2nd best.

http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Gressenhall_Farm_and_Workhouse

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