Every Man Remembered

WW1 genealogyThis website run by the British Legion allows anyone to commemorate those who fought in the First World War. Also available is a search facility to find out if someone else has recorded details of an ancestor.

Entering our family members details is the least we can do to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice.


Civil and Mechanical Engineers Records1820 – 1930

Civil and Mechanical Enginners genealogyAncestry has uploaded a new addition to it’s Occupations Collection, this time it is the turn of civil and mechanical engineers. The records include complete work records recording apprenticeships served, places worked, promotions, salaries and retirement details. Included is a dataset of photographs of civil engineers.

The three sections of the dataset are made up of

Mechanical Engineers 1870 – 1930

Civil Engineers 1820 – 1930

Civil Engineers Photographs 1829 – 1923

The Victorian era saw some great engineering projects such as railways, the underground, bridges and sewers, many of the people involved with these works are included in this dataset.

The original records are held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers.


Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828 – 1912

Irish Petty Sessions GenealogyFindMyPast Ireland has added to their Irish Petty Sessions Collection. This is a very interesting set of records that covers 1828 – 1912. Petty Session records can uncover all sorts of crimes that our ancestors got up to ! As the title says these are petty crimes, but crimes never the less and no doubt were taken very serious locally. As several of my ancestors were known to be a little light fingered a few hundred years ago I have got to know Petty Session records quite well and I can recommend that you run your Irish family names through this collection.

This addition to the collection covers 44 new courts in 19 counties of Irelands, a further 55 courts have beend added to with records from extra years. The new courts are from the following counties –

Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford and Westmeath.


Are you a descendent of Tudor seaman?

Cowdray Engaving-detail of sinking genealogy

Henry 8th’s flagship the Mary Rose was spectacularly raised from the seabed off of Portsmouth, Hampshire in 1982, anyone who watched the moments as the wreck broke through the water will remember the awful shock as one of the supports failed and it seemed as if she would go back to her watery grave. However the salvage was successful and the immense task of preservation started.

A museum has been built around the remains and this is now open to the public. Interpreting what has been found is an on going task and one area which is drawing some attention is that scientists are attempting to extract DNA from the bones discovered inside the ship. Ten skulls have had facial reconstruction so we can see what they looked like, but just who were they?

Remains of 179 individuals were found inboard, mostly male and under the age of 30 years. The position within the ship gives an idea of their tasks aboard. This will be a fascinating project for genealogists to watch and will once more bring family history and DNA to the forefront of the news.

The image above is a detail of the Cowdray Engraving showing the sinking of the Mary Rose on 19 July 1545. Based on an original painted between 1545 and 1548 for Anthony Browne, Master of the Horse.



Ancestors gone to New York?

New York GenealogyDid any of your ancestors sail across the Atlantic and settle in New York? Many of us will find that people who disappear between census suddenly appear in the Big Apple. FamilySearch have just released a very informative free guide to New York ancestors. The guide comprises a series of research articles about tracing ancestors in New York City which is a vast area so you need all the help you can get.

One of the many interesting points made in the articles is that early New York records are held on The Netherlands. Included is a link to the records available online through the FamilySearch website.