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/

 

 

 

Carruthers of Liverpool & Montreal

Here is another query I have received ……

Salvation Army Building Montreal GenealogyMy great grandmother went to Montreal Canada in 1927 and apparently died there while visiting her daughter Grace Carruthers Tomson who belonged to the Salvation Army.

GRACE COPLAND CARRUTHERS
1861 Born in Liverpool England
died in Montreal Canada I think in 1927

Hi Pamela,

Thank you for your query. I have found Grace Carruthers sailing on the Minnedosa from Liverpool in 1927 bound for Canada. The passenger lists tells us that her daughter paid for Grace’s fare and that she intended staying at her son in law’s house. Mr R Thomson, 1475 Blaney Street, Montreal, P.Q. Her next of kin in the UK was her husband Alex Carruthers, 91 Peel Road, Bootle, Liverpool.

Looking at the incoming passenger lists it doesn’t look as if Grace returned to England. The death indexes for Quebec after 1900 are only available in the GRO Office Quebec and do not seem to be online. A Google search for cemetery records for Montreal did not produce any reference to Grace.

Perhaps a letter to the Salvation Army in Montreal might bring to light a record of Grace’s death and burial.

Regards,

Linda

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White Gloves & Archives

White Gloves GenealogyWhenever someone on the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? handles a document without wearing white gloves the social media runs hot with complaints from those who think they have been causing damage to the fragile paper or parchment. When I started in genealogy the only time you would wear gloves when handles archives was when they were so filthy dirty that you wanted to protect your skin from several hundred years of dust and mouse droppings! White glove wearing was un-heard of, then a few years ago it suddenly was decided the oil from skin was causing damage to documents and white gloves became the norm.

Now the pendulum has swung the other way and National Archives, London has written an article declaring that white gloves are causing more harm than good and will no longer be issued to those handling old manuscripts.

So if you have shares in a archival white glove manufacturer it might be a good time to sell them !

http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/the-gloves-are-off