Highgate Cemetery Records now online

I have been waiting years – and I do mean years – for the Highgate Cemetery records to come online and now thanks to our friends at www.deceasedonline.com I can now search away to my hearts content. Only fellow genealogists will appreciate the excitement of a new set of records coming available concerning the long dead can generate!!

If you have not visited Highgate Cemetery you are missing a wonderful experience. This time of year is good for visitihighgateng any of the Victorian cemeteries as the trees, shrubs and bushes have died back and looking around is a lot easier. I have visited quite a number of the London Cemeteries as they fascinate me and I give talks to genealogy and history groups on the subject. Highgate is my favourite one as it has a grandeur and presence that outshines, in my opinion, the others. You can only visit the cemetery with a guide, no wandering around on your own allowed, but you can arrange to be shown an ancestors grave by prior arrangement. A must visit place for anyone with or without London ancestors.

Links

www.deceasedonline.com

www.highgate.org

 

 

 

 

Exciting National Library of Ireland Project

imageIt has been a long held belief, with some substance, that researching family history in Ireland isn’t easy. I can tell you that it has got a whole lot easier in the last decade or so ! The newly announced project from the National Library of Ireland is an exciting addition to the online Irish genealogy data.

The project aims to digitise and place online – FREE – the Library’s collection of Catholic parish registers that are now available only on microfilm. The date for access for these records is Summer 2015 so not long to wait.

The earliest register dates from 1740 through to the 1880’s, the collection consists of 1,091  parish from throughout Ireland and are mainly baptisms and marriages with a few burial registers. So something to look forward to along with your summer holidays Smile

http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx

British Library Online Maps

Maps GenealogyDid you know about this, if you did why didn’t you tell me ?!!

Thanks to Thomas MacEntee on Hack Genealogy for pointing me to a blog post on History Tech I can now tell you about the maps from the British Library which are now online. They clip_image002[6]are fascinating and so helpful for giving a sense of place for our ancestors. I remember years ago wonder why a certain set of ancestors went to a town some distance to find wives/husbands. There seemed to a few parishes which were a lot closer, but looking at a map showing the topography I found the reason – a range of hills which at that time didn’t have any roads over them. Very obvious when you look at a map!

So thanks Thomas & thanks Glenn.

http://www.bl.uk/maps/georeferencingmap.html

Ancestry Census Youtube Lesson

I just love YouTube which I think is an underused resource for genealogy. I found this ten minute video by Ancestry’s Brad Argent walking you through the census and how to find them online. Great help for beginners and it never hurts for more experienced researchers to refresh their memories on the basics. Beats watching soap operas when you want to sit down and watch tv for a short while!!

UK Census

http://www.ancestry.co.uk/

http://www.youtube.com

New Derbyshire Additions to FamilySearch

Derbyshire Parish Registers GenealogyFamilySearch have today added more data to their Derbyshire Parish registers index. Sadly there are no images available, but the indexing does have added information when it occurred in the registers such as father’s name in marriages and age in burials. The time period runs from 1538 to 1910 and at the present time consists of over 1.4 million entries.

New additions for elsewhere in the world include records for

  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Kentucky USA
  • West Virginia USA
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Switzerland

https://familysearch.org/