Wombles Family Tree

FindMyPast YouTube Video

I came across this FindMyPast YouTube video from WDYTYA Live 2013, presented by Myko Clelland of FindMyPast, it gives a good basic outline of how to trace your family history using FindMyPast and as an example they use the Womble family! It is 27 minutes long so won’t take up much time and is worth a look if you are interested in starting your genealogy journey.

Plus don’t forget the lessons that can be found on this website www.madaboutgenealogy.com just click on the “Family History Lessons” tab at the top of this page.


The Great Parchment Book now online

Great Parchment Book GenealogyThe London Metropolitan Archives have been conserving, digitising and preparing for online publication the Great Parchment Book which is a survey of the estates of the Irish Society and City Livery companies in Northern Ireland. The survey dates from 1639, so this is an important online release for those of us who have family in Northern Ireland around that time period.

There is a 5 minute introduction video which I can recommend as it gives an overview of the history of the document. You can search under people, places and companies. there is also a blog where you can keep up to date on the project.

Sadly none of my Northern Ireland names come up, but it is worth the few minutes it takes to undertake a search to see if your family feature in this very interesting book.




Sussex Parish Registers now online free

Sussex Parish Registers GenealogyFamilySearch has uploaded parish register images and indexes for Sussex 1530 – 1900, it’s hard to tell if every parish is online yet, but I recommend that you look at the Wiki as this has a coverage list. The press release from FamilySearch show that 110,000+ records have been indexed and there are 5,147 images available so don’t expect images for every parish, in fact I think this number of images would amount to just about one parish.

Taking into account the above this is still an important addition to the FamilySearch Parish register Collection and I have no doubt that the rest of the images will be going online in the near future. Those of you who read an earlier post may remember me reporting Diane Loosle from the Family History Library in Salt Lake saying that all the films and fiche stored in the famous granite vaults will have been digitised and online with 5 – 7 years, indexing will take 100 years at present rate of progress. If you would like to help with indexing I am sure they would be pleased to hear from you, link below.








Images – Looking down the hill to All Saints Church, Old Heathfield © Copyright Andrew Hill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

1921 Canadian Census now online

1921 Census Canada GenealogyAncestry have released the digitised images of the Canadian 1921 census. They aren’t indexed yet so searching has to be conducted the “old” way – page by page. Like many English researchers I have ancestors who got on a boat for a whole variety of reasons and traded England for Canada. Again like others some of mine stayed and their descendants are still there whilst others decided that the wide open spaces of Canada wasn’t for them and returned. 

These records will be indexed in the fullness of time, but if you know approximately where your Canadian ancestors might have been living in 1921 then you will enjoy browsing these records.


Online Ancestry Family Trees: Privacy and Sharing

This is a subject that often comes up in conversation amongst my genealogy friends – should you keep your online family trees hosted by the likes of Ancestry and FindMyPast private or allow them to be seen by one and all. This 25 minute video by Ancestry’s Crista Cowan explains the privacy rules for Ancestry’s online family trees and then shows you how to share your tree with others.

Online Ancestry Family Trees: Privacy and Sharing

I have four family trees on Ancestry, each starting from a grandparent, and they are at the moment private, but I do reply to all the requests from other researchers for access and information. However once I have checked and sourced each person on the trees I will make them public so that the research and information won’t be lost once I’m not here anymore. Not that I intend becoming an ancestor for a long time yet Winking smile

I recently heard that Ancestry are thinking of Family Tree Genealogyinstigating a traffic light system to grade the millions of trees that are on their site. I understand that red will mean the tree is small, hasn’t been added to for a long time and hasn’t any sources, amber will indicate a larger tree with some sources and green will indicate that the tree is actively being worked on, is well sourced and documented. I think this is an excellent idea and hopefully it will give some well earned recognition to those awarded green who work hard on making their trees good, historical documents and encourage the amber tree owners to make the leap and start improving their trees to green. As for the red trees well I suspect they are a lost cause, probably the result of a free 14 day trial of Ancestry taken out on a wet Sunday afternoon!

Christa is always worth listening to so click on the start button and learn what Ancestry does to protect the privacy of those living, how to share trees with other family members and other related topics.